ABOUT DUNNER LAW
We are not your typical law firm; we work in a brownstone in historic Georgetown on a pretty cobblestone street with trolley tracks. Our clients don’t pay for fancy marbled walls and expensively leased space. We appreciate our clients’ business needs and demands, and we practice accordingly.
Lisa is Managing Partner at Dunner Law and past Chair of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL). She is recognized as one of the world’s top 250 women in IP and in “World Trademark Review 1000” as one of the top 1000 trademark attorneys in the world. She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2016 to serve a 3-year term as a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Public Advisory Committee and to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO. Lisa’s practice focus is on strategic counseling related to a wide variety of trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, copyright, e-commerce and transactional matters. Formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, Lisa has extensive experience in protection and enforcement of intellectual property and unfair competition rights for domestic and international issues.
She regularly counsels clients on best practices related to IP asset protection and management, finding efficient and strategic ways to maximize and manage IP assets. She also has significant experience in handling opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, litigation disputes in state and federal court, and contract negotiation and disputes. Lisa has testified before the U.S. Congress House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, regarding the U.S. Copyright Office, Its Function and Resources, and she has spoken and written on numerous other occasions on trademark and copyright issues. Lisa is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the ABA IPL’s flagship IP magazine, Landslide. Lisa is a former touring professional tennis player and achieved world rankings in both singles and doubles. She enjoys playing tennis, golf, hiking and rescuing animals.
- Voted top 250 Women in IP, 2018, 2017, 2016, Managing Intellectual Property
- Voted 2018, 2017, 2016 IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property
- Listed in WTR 1000, 2018, 2017, 2016
- Appointed in 2016 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Public Advisory Committee (TPAC)
- Past Chair, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2014-2015
- AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell
District of Columbia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
NAMWOLF, Member 2016-present; ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Officer, 2012-2016; Chair 2014-2015; Founder and Chair, ABA Section of IP Women in IP; AIPLA, Member Public Appointments Committee, 2015- present; INTA; Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
The John Marshall Law School, JD, 1995
Rollins College, BA, 1984
Adam is a Senior Counsel at Dunner Law, and he regularly counsels clients on the selection, clearance, protection, and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights throughout the world. He has extensive experience in managing clients’ portfolios, and he represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, conducts intellectual property audits, and prepares intellectual property protection protocols for Dunner Law’s clients. Adam also counsels in the areas of false advertising, trade secrets, open source, and enforcement of IP rights on the Internet, including representing clients in domain name disputes, social media IP infringements, domain name monitoring, illegal streaming and downloading, drafting web site legal policies, ensuring compliance with DMCA provisions, and drafting domain name policies.
Adam has extensive transactional experience, including drafting and negotiating work-for-hire, joint development, partnership, hosting and website development, publishing, copyright permissions, IP settlement, licenses, assignments and non-disclosure agreements. Adam is a die-hard Chicago White Sox, a Star Wars aficionado, and the world’s greatest t-ball coach.
District of Columbia, Illinois
ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2006
American University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000
Brian is a Senior Associate at Dunner Law, and his practice focus is on trademarks, unfair competition and false advertising. Brian’s unique background as a Senior Trademark Attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and an Interlocutory Attorney at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) gives him strong insight and expertise in the trademark registration process as well as contested matters before the TTAB. Brian has also spent many years in private practice counseling clients on the selection, clearance, prosecution, registrability and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights throughout the world.
Brian is an Adjunct Professor at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado, where he resides and teaches intellectual property and administrative law. In addition, Brian has spoken on numerous occasions throughout the country on various trademark, advertising and copyright issues. Brian is actively involved in the Metropolitan Washington Ear, serving as a Volunteer Reader for the visually-impaired and print disabled in the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Brian enjoys swimming, biking, reading and officiating youth sports.
International Trademark Association
ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Case Western Reserve School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, J.D., 1997
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, BS, 1993
Cassidy Johnston Grunninger
Cassidy is an Associate at Dunner Law, and her practice focus is on protection and enforcement of matters related to trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, and copyright. She regularly conducts domestic and international trademark clearance searches, renders use and registrability opinions, and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications throughout the world. Cassidy also handles trademark and copyright audits and she drafts licensing and assignment agreements.
Prior to joining Dunner Law, Cassidy worked at the Recording Industry Association of America, focusing on copyright issues surrounding the recording industry, and she clerked at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she researched copyright law and policy for the General Counsel’s office. Cassidy also was a Legal Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, and she worked at the House Committee on the Judiciary, assisting the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on various IP issues.
Cassidy was the Senior Online Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and authored the Note, A Tale of Two Composers: An Argument for a Limited Expansion of Moral Rights for Composers, 24 J. Intell. Prop. L. 191 (2017). She is also actively involved in the performing arts scene in Washington, DC, serving as a Junior Board member of the Washington Performing Arts.
Women’s Bar Association of District of Columbia
University of Georgia, School of Law, Athens, Georgia, J.D., 2017
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, Masters of Music: Historical Musicology, 2014.
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Performance Certificate: Cello, 2011.
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in Music: Cello Performance, Minor: Philosophy, cum laude, 2009.