Tricia Dunlap

Tricia Dunlap

At age 40 with two teenagers at home, Tricia Dunlap leapt from teaching to law school. After several years at a global Big Law firm, she made another leap and started Dunlap Law to satisfy her desire for greater freedom and her nerdy love for solving gnarly problems.

Dunlap Law is committed to helping good people start good businesses in order to benefit the community because Tricia truly believes that business can be a force for good. She is determined that Dunlap Law will be more than a solid business – it will also make positive impacts on the local community and the world.

Tricia provides counsel to a wide variety of clients on general business law, IP, licensing and contracts, and regulatory compliance. With recognized expertise in corporate sustainability, she also focuses on how businesses measure and manage their nonfinancial risks, whether that means environmental issues like climate change, social issues like human rights, or emerging legal issues such as data privacy and cybersecurity among many other legal topics and issues.

Tricia joined the Advisory Board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board  and served on the Consumption Industry Working Group, giving SASB feedback on proposed sustainability standards for companies in that economic sector.  Working with a small team of other SASB Subject Matter Experts, 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.

Because she is a glutton for punishment and every business faces challenges with data privacy and cybersecurity, Tricia holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also 2020-2021 co-chair of the IAPP’s KnowledgeNet, Richmond Chapter.

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Featured Publications

Featured Podcasts and Articles


That whole chunk of our business was gone’: Grove Ave. menswear shop unties 9-year trademark battle
Richmond Bizsense: 'That whole chunk of our business was gone’: Grove Ave. menswear shop unties 9-year trademark battle
what if your child is sick and can't repay their student loans
Student Loan Hero: What If Your Child Is Sick and Can’t Repay Their Student Loans?


Boss on Purpose
How to NOT get your pants sued off

Challenges for Small and Micro Businesses Under the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Recent Speaking Topics

“Women Who Mean Business: Preparing to Propel”

“Women Who Mean Business: Preparing to Propel”

“Why We’re Called ‘Counsel’: How a Good Lawyer Brings Value to Business”

Law & Ethics”

“Beyond Finance: ESG Investing in the New Millennium”

Cybersecurity: The Monster Hiding In Every Closet”

“The Future of Impact Investing in Public Markets”


“Developments in EU Cross-Border Governance” (sustainability disclosures in the EU)

Recent Speaking Engagements

Small Business Resources
Metropolitan Business League
The University of Cincinnati
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Goochland Chamber of Commerce
The Conference Board, Senior International Attorney’s Council
The Conference Board, Senior International Attorney’s Council
RVA Tech
RVA Tech, Rich Tech Council
Virginia Impact Investing Forum
Virginia Impact Investing Forum

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Memberships and Organizations

Business Law News

2 Types of LLCs: Member-Managed v. Manager-Managed
Tricia Dunlap

2 Types of LLCs: Member-Managed v. Manager-Managed

2 Types of LLCs: Manager-Managed v. Member-Managed Let’s talk about the two types of LLCs or Limited Liability Companies. First of all, Limited Liability Companies are a very flexible vehicle for doing business. They give you all of the protections from liability that a corporation gives you without many of the complexities and drawbacks that

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
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The Confidentiality Clause Curse: Should Your Professional Services Contract include a Confidentiality Clause?​

Attorneys have an ethical duty to protect their clients’ confidential information under the law, but most professional services providers are not automatically bound to do the same. One way the parties to a professional services contract can manage the risks accompanying the necessary access to sensitive information is to address them in a confidentiality statement.

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How To Start A Business With Friends: 6 Questions You Need To Ask
Tricia Dunlap

Starting a Business With Friends? 6 Questions You Need To Ask

This post will help you think through six of the most basic questions that you’ve got to answer before you start your business.1. What Will Each Person Contribute to the Business? 2. Will Your Rights In Your Business Be Proportional to the Contribution to the Business? 3. What If One of You Wants to Resign? 4. Whether or Not You Need a Prohibition Against Engaging in Competing Business Activities. 5. Who Will Manage the LLC?
6. Can a New Member Join the LLC?

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