Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 550, Vienna, Virginia 22182

Established: 2002

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Claim Analysis and Evaluation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Civil Litigation
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability

About Us

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig specializes in representing insurers in complex, high-exposure coverage matters. We have successfully represented insurers in state and federal courts across the country in multimillion dollar disputes involving all lines, including professional liability, errors and omissions, commercial general liability, directors and officers, excess and surplus and commercial property.

Our extensive experience includes analyzing claims, drafting opinions and providing insurers with sound pre-litigation coverage advice. We also draft reservation of rights and declination letters for our clients with an eye towards litigation, particularly since such letters are usually key exhibits in coverage litigation. Our attorneys aggressively prosecute declaratory judgment actions and vigorously defend clients against bad faith allegations and punitive damage claims.

We strive to represent our clients in the most cost-effective manner possible. As a boutique AV rated firm with lawyers from top twenty schools and pedigree resumes, who left behind mega-firms -- firms that have continually raised their hourly rates in recent years -- we provide our clients with a large firm expertise and service at economical rates.

Client Information

Insurance Clients

Personnel Information


Cortland Putbrese

Vienna, VA

  • West Virginia, 1998
  • Virginia, 2001
Additional Biographical Details:

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law, 2005-2013; Special Counsel, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, 2007-2008; Selected for Inclusion in "Who's Who in America," Who's Who Marquis, 70th Edition, 2016

  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, 2007-Present (Executive Committee)
  • Contributing Editor: "Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium," Aspen Law & Business, 2000 Edition
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with high distinction), 1995
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Tom Dunlap
  • Ellis Bennett


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(Revisors of the Virginia Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)

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