Tricia Dunlap's business law and corporate sustainability practice serves emerging and established privately-held companies, Fortune 500-1000 companies, municipalities or local governments, and non-profits on business law, intellectual property (IP), licensing, regulatory compliance, sustainability, and general counsel matters.
Tricia's career as a National Board Certified high school social studies teacher turned toward law school after her home flooded twice in 2003. Searching for a permanent solution for her family and four neighbors, Tricia's research pointed her toward a federal grant program designed to remove repeat-flood properties from taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance. Convincing local authorities to apply for the grant and then getting it done took almost two years.
When it was over, Tricia realized that solving the problem had been fun. In 2008, with teenagers still at home, she left teaching for law. Her focus on business and sustainability is an extension of her experience with natural disaster. She understands that the most common causes of enterprise failure are undetected and unmanaged risks. Sustainability, when used as a strategic business management discipline, reveals hidden stress points that threaten business operations and value.
She learned the ropes as General Counsel for Christensen Global Strategies a sustainability consulting firm, and then at the Richmond headquarters of McGuireWoods LLP an AMLaw 100 law firm with 20 offices and over 1,000 attorneys worldwide. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including: the Virginia Green Travel Alliance (Secretary); the Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Virginia Council for Social Studies.
Speeches & Publications
Today’s General Counsel (forthcoming, fall 2018)
Hanover County Bar Association Annual Meeting (2015)
Today’s General Counsel (April/ May 2017)
American Bar Association for Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School (2015)
Virginia Crime Commission (December 2015)
University of Cincinnati (March 16, 2016)
American Bar Association, Business Law Today (Apr. 2016)
American Bar Association, Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 2017)
Recognized Expertise in Corporate Sustainability
In 2013, Tricia joined the Advisory Board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and served on the Consumption Industry Working Group, giving SASB feedback on proposed sustainability standards for companies in that economic sector. SASB standards are the first and only sustainability disclosure standards tailored to unique, industry-specific risks, based on evidence of material impact, and aligned with U.S. securities laws governing corporate reporting on SEC filings.
Working with a small team of other SASB Subject Matter Experts, in 2014 and 2016 Tricia helped create the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Level 1 and Level 2 credentialing exams. Tricia is proud to hold the credential she helped create. To learn more about the SASB standards or sustainability reporting, call Tricia at 804-931-1158 or Contact Us
Memberships & Education
Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar
International Association of Privacy Professionals
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Corporate Governance Committee
- Governance and Sustainability Joint Subcommittee
- Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Virginia Bar Association
Richmond Bar Association
University of Richmond, School of Law, JD Cum Laude (2011)
- Law Review, Articles Editor
- Moot Court
- IP/ Transactional Law Clinic
University of Maryland, MA, American history (1998)
Loyola University of Chicago, BA, Political science, Cum Laude (1991)
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