We Are A Business Law Firm.
We educate, empower, and empathize with our small business clients. Our mission is to serve as your strategic thought partner, helping you protect the small business you’re working so hard to build.
At its best, business in America has always been an expression of individual freedom, a path to prosperity, and a force for good in our larger society.” ~Tricia Dunlap
A Better Future For Everyone
In our cynical era, the idea that business is a source of freedom and a force for good might seem old-fashioned, but at Dunlap Law we believe it and rally to defend it. Just like the visionaries in history books – the Ben Franklins or Maggie Walkers – today’s dreamers and doers will change their own lives and our world for the better.
At Dunlap Law, we take a holistic view of your mission and challenges and build practical approaches your small business can actually use. We value enduring and genuine relationships with our clients with a little laughter thrown in along the way.
As your strategic thought partner and business law advisers, we help you make ethical, well-reasoned judgments every day.
If our philosophy is aligned with yours, then Dunlap Law may be the right fit. Please schedule a consultation to find out more.
As a fellow attorney (in entertainment law) who calls on Tricia from time to time for her expertise, I am happy to give her my highest recommendation. Tricia is proactive, responsive, strategic and knows her stuff. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are ever on the fence about hiring her.
—Kirk Schroeder, Attorney
Meet Our Attorneys & Staff
Managing Partner Tricia Dunlap is admitted to the bars of Virginia (2012), Washington, D.C. (2011), and West Virginia (2022). She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2011 at the top of her class, having represented UR in Moot Court and served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. During law school, she clerked for Judge M. Hannah Lauck of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. After two years working on climate change mitigation and as general counsel with Christensen Global Strategies, Tricia joined McGuireWoods where she advised both nonprofit and for-profit clients on a wide variety of issues.
In 2015, she founded Dunlap Law. Today, DL serves over 400 clients. She advises both for-profit and nonprofit clients on:
• Corporate governance, including niche specialty knowledge in benefit corporation law and governance.
• General business law issues such as contracts, leases, license agreements, buy-sell agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.
• Data privacy and cybersecurity law, serving clients such a medical practices and consumer-facing businesses in navigating the complex state-by-state web of data privacy legislation nationwide.
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga
Partner Claire Guthrie Gastañaga is a respected legal advocate, problem solver, and mentor. She brings a wealth of experience to the firm and its clients, advising non-profits and small businesses on governance, certification, and employment law issues. She is licensed in Virginia (1974) and Washington, D.C., (1983) and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1980 on the motion of Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, a former Attorney General of the United States. During her career, Claire has been both lawyer and client and has significant management experience, particularly in the public and non-profit sectors. She’s been chief deputy attorney general of Virginia and the “hiring partner” for that “law firm,” argued cases in the United States and Virginia Supreme Courts, served as in-house counsel to a major university, helped build a higher education practice at a major international law firm, served as the interim president of a women’s college, ran her own consulting firm, and headed a non-profit that grew into a multi-million dollar organization on her watch. Claire is a former Richmond chapter president and member of the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a former member of the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board. She was the SBA’s Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 2003. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar and the Boards of Directors of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and Legal Reform for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled. In addition to providing legal advice and representation to small businesses and non-profits as a member of the Dunlap Law firm, Claire will continue to be a Change Servant engaging in non-legal advocacy and governance consulting.
When she’s not working, Claire is cooking or gardening. She’s a bit ashamed to admit that during her appearance on Jeopardy, she didn’t know that the right question for a Southern cooking answer was “what is wilted salad?”
Heather Hormel Miller
Attorney Heather Hormel Miller was admitted to the Virginia bar in 2002 after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. She clerked for Judge Norman Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and then joined Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. government contracting team. From 2007 through 2012, Heather served Pharmaceutical Research Associates as in-house counsel, bringing her government contracting experience to bear in bid defenses and governing large-scale clinical pharmaceutical trials. She later served Epic Systems, Inc. as in-house counsel where she oversaw contracting strategies and compliance for two complex government procurements with the U.S. Department of Defense and one ongoing government contract with the U.S. Coast Guard. The DoD project was a multi-billion-dollar procurement to digitize the Department’s health records system. Heather’s role included managing legal agreements with subcontractors and understanding the company’s intellectual property risks associated with its government contracts. In addition, from her earliest days at Crowell & Moring, she has represented clients in bid protests related to federal government contracts.
She joined Dunlap Law in 2017 and serves a wide range of needs for the firm’s clients, including counsel on federal government contracting, counsel on terms and conditions of business deals, and drafting of highly complex legal documents.
Attorney Brandy Brown is a 2020 cum laude graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and is admitted to practice in Virginia with admission pending in Washington, D.C. During law school she was a proud member of Richmond Women’s Law and was elected Secretary, then President, of the Client Counseling & Negotiation Board. Before attending law school, Brandy served as an au pair in Paris, France, and studied wine while living in her studio apartment with a skylight view of the Eiffel Tower. A first-generation lawyer who earned a full tuition scholarship to both her undergraduate program and law school, Brandy knows a thing or two about tenacity and hard work. In addition to her fierce advocacy for her clients, Brandy brings empathy, attention to detail, and humor to nearly every client interaction. She loves building long-lasting relationships with her clients because it allows her to understand their goals and the specific dynamics of their businesses, which leads to better personalized legal advice.
Brandy focuses on corporate law, business law, and federal trademarks; her clients span multiple industries: hospitality, professional services, and cannabis interest, just to name a few. Outside of her work, Brandy enjoys going to the movies (nothing beats the taste of movie theater popcorn!), spending time with her partner and their three cats, and working her way through Richmond’s countless happy hours
Attorney Anna Flewelling is a 2013 cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and is admitted to practice in Virginia and Massachusetts. Her unconventional path to becoming an attorney included earning a Master of Divinity from Harvard. During law school, Anna was an editor of the Journal of Land and Development, a judicial intern for Judge Alexander Wright on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, a law clerk for the Maryland Department of Planning, and a student attorney for the University of Baltimore Community Development Clinic. Her achievements demonstrate her tenacity and resourcefulness, traits that she brings to her work.
Anna knows what it means to build from the ground up, and she enjoys working with clients who are doing the same, approaching each client relationship with wisdom and empathy that only comes from a breadth of life experiences. She loves helping small businesses and non-profit organizations become economic engines in their communities and focuses her practice on helping business owners with employment and labor law issues. Anna doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty for clients and meeting them where they are, whether it be in the cow pasture or in the board room.
She has lived in three countries and six states but currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley and will be serving clients in Charlottesville, the Valley, and across Virginia. When she isn’t working, you’ll find Anna enjoying country music, reading romance novels, and attending local farmers markets.
Paralegal Shannon Tingle joined Dunlap Law with 14 years of paralegal experience that includes real estate, family law, estate law, and she specializes in bankruptcy and business law. She believes that knowledge is power. This led her to getting a degree in paralegal studies to further her in the work she is passionate about. She is dedicated to helping clients through empathy, education, and empowerment. She is enthusiastic about Dunlap Law’s Learning Communities and always looks forward to hosting each session.
She is the mom of 3 adult sons and is proud to be the grandma of 2 beautiful granddaughters. This year she has been on a personal journey through the Larger Than Life coaching program. She has begun to transform and find strength in getting out of her comfort zone. She has discovered a love for hiking, Zumba, and lifting weights. She believes that the key to living “Larger Than Life” starts with integrity by keeping your promises to yourself. If you allow your personal integrity to overflow your cup, it will enrich all areas of your life.
Practice Manager Christine Suders oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm and is responsible for the firm’s quality control. Although she majored in criminal justice for her first two years of college, Christine pivoted to become an English teacher, but she never lost her fascination with the legal field. After a decade in the classroom inspiring high school students to love reading and use commas correctly, she decided to bring her affinity for creating efficient systems and juggling multiple projects at once to Dunlap Law as its practice manager. As the first person in her family to graduate from college, Christine is familiar with the hard work and dedication it takes to forge a new path for oneself and to overcome odds to achieve a goal, something she has in common with many of Dunlap Law’s clients. Christine excels at taking a vision and breaking it down into small, actionable pieces to ensure it comes to fruition.
Outside of Dunlap Law, Christine plays piano and sings for her local church, shuttles her two children to school and swim lessons, and listens to podcasts and audiobooks almost nonstop. She believes that growth happens when we step outside of our comfort zones and that it’s never too late to pursue something new and exciting.
Intake Specialist Peri Pardo’s friends joke that she has more lives than a cat: she has been a massage therapist and instructor, built and sold numerous businesses and organizations, and worked as a private chef, just to name a few of her accomplishments. But one thing has remained constant: her optimistic outlook. So when Peri found herself at a crossroads in her life and her friend of over 30 years, Tricia Dunlap, offered her a job at Dunlap Law, she pounced on it, not wanting to miss the opportunity to align herself with other people of integrity and vision. She currently serves as Dunlap Law’s intake specialist and “happiness maximizer.” Peri’s life experiences allow her to see the bigger picture and work through obstacles and risks. She loves helping our clients navigate twists and turns as they realize their business dreams, and she is an expert troubleshooter and problem-solver who genuinely cares about people. If you have a challenge, Peri will help you tackle it with optimism and a solution-oriented approach until a resolution is reached, and she will do it with a smile!
A current North Carolina resident, Peri has also lived in Ecuador and traveled through much of South America. She enjoys infusing Latin spices into her cooking and even served an entire “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner by using ingredients inspired by South America: chilies, avocados, cilantro, limes, and jicama.
Check out the backstory on how Peri’s impeccably timed single question altered the course of Tricia’s life. Click the “Learn More” button below.
I have been working closely with Heather Miller at Dunlap Law for the last year and could not be more grateful for her help, and patience. Heather is well-versed in contract law and is extremely efficient. She is a true asset to the Dunlap Law team and I look forward to our continued partnership.
~ Vikrant Bhatia