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National Law Firm Relocates To Leesburg's HUBZone

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:52 pm

A national business has made the decision to relocate its headquarters into the Town of Leesburg's HUBZone, the town announced today, and will celebrate the move with a ribbon cutting next week.

DunlapWeaver PLLC, an intellectual property law firm, will relocate to the newly built 11,000-square-foot building located at 211 Church St. in downtown Leesburg. The move will be celebrated at the ribbon cutting, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

With offices in Washington, DC; Bethesda, MD; Richmond; Atlanta, GA; Naples, FL; and London, DunlapWeaver is the largest law firm that has its headquarters in Loudoun County. The firm provides legal expertise in a wide range of subject areas, including aviation, corporate law, entertainment, estates and trusts, government contracts, immigration and intellectual property, as well as the full range of legal services associated with litigation and dispute resolution.

The firm's co-founder Tom Dunlap, who also is a former president of the Loudoun Bar Association, spoke of the decision to move into the HUBZone: "The firm has tracked the growth and prosperity of Leesburg and Loudoun County since its founding in late 2001 and will continue to grow and flourish in the vibrant Leesburg/Loudoun community while serving both local and national clients," Dunlap stated. "We are excited to be in the newly appointed HUBZone and will offer local small businesses low cost access to rental space in our new HUBZone Access Center, with as many as 20 available offices in our building."

Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s economic development director, noted that the new building is “one more example of [the firm's] commitment to Leesburg and the larger business community. Located just down the street from the Mason Enterprise Center, which is at capacity, their building offers a great opportunity for new businesses to be located in the Leesburg HUBZone.”

The HUBZone, or Historically Underutilized Business Zone, program was created in 1997 to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas. Certified HUBZone businesses receive competitive advantages and price preferences when vying for federal contracts. To be certified, a business must have its primary office location in a HUBZone, must be a small business by Small Business Association standards, must be 51 percent American-owned and have 35 percent of its employees living in a HUBZone. The Leesburg HUBZone is the first HUBZone in Loudoun County.

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