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McClanahan Powers ® is a Virginia-based Law Firm specializing in civil litigation, general business counsel, IP, data privacy & estate planning.
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Practice Areas

Business Services

Our attorneys apply their legal skills and expertise to assist business clients in determining strategies to aid...

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Business Services

Contracts

Our attorneys use their knowledge and expertise to craft tailored contracts to their client's specific needs. When drafting...

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Contracts

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) predominantly refers to certain intangible assets, such as copyrights, trademarks...

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Intellectual Property

Info & Data Privacy Protection

It's important to know how and when you use your client's information and online...

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Info & Data Privacy Protection

Lawsuits & Disputes

Have you been served a Complaint? Want to know if you have a case? Our litigation attorneys can discuss your options on...

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Lawsuits & Disputes

Local Counsel

The firm assists all types of businesses and individuals nationwide as local counsel in litigation through multiple court systems...

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Local Counsel

Trusts & Estate Planning

Our attorneys understand the financial considerations of estate planning...

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Trusts & Estate Planning

Firm Highlights

Claudia Lopez-Knapp

McClanahan Powers, PLLC is excited to announce the addition of Claudia Lopez-Knapp as an Associate Attorney. She joined the firm in February.

Robert Powers

Mr. Powers was selected to the 2019 Virginia and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star List.

Tristin Tran

Through his hard work and eagerness to learn, McClanahan Powers is excited to announce the promotion of Tristin Tran to Paralegal. He will be primarily working with Mr. McClanahan and Mr. Miller.

Dirk McClanahan

Mr. McClanahan was selected to the 2019 Virginia and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star List.

Robert Powers

Mr. Powers taught a CLE on April 3, 2019 on Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps as a part of the Human Resource Law From Start To Finish seminar hosted by NBI.

Zach Miller

Mr. Miller was selected to the 2019 Virginia and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star List.

Zach Miller

McClanahan Powers is proud to announce in January, Mr. Miller became a Managing Partner.

Palmo Ghale

McClanahan Powers, PLLC is delighted to announce the promotion of Palmo Ghale to Paralegal. Ms. Ghale will help Mr. Powers and Mrs. Harris with client matters.

We built our reputation by taking care of yours

The attorneys at McClanahan Powers, PLLC are experienced and knowledgeable business attorneys, who can identify potential issues and deal with any matters that may arise as you start, maintain and grow your business.

We assist all types of businesses (limited liability companies (LLC), corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorship, nonprofit organizations, and other business entities) through the startup process of planning, registering, building, and protecting their business interests. As your business grows, we ensure compliance issues are avoided and your business is protected. With emerging regulations for Information and Data protections for consumers, our attorneys stay up to date with recent changes to support your business.

Our knowledge of Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets) helps us register and protect your ideas. Whether you are in the early stages of developing your idea or have encountered unauthorized copying or infringement of your protected work, our attorneys can assist with the registration or litigation process.

Our attorneys’ strong legal knowledge combined with a custom-tailored approach to each case protects your interests. As your attorneys, we will thoroughly investigate your case from every angle to provide sound advice and, if needed, aggressive litigation. Contact us today to discuss your case.

Three Attorneys Selected to 2019 Rising Stars List
For the first time, McClanahan Powers, PLLC is excited to announce three attorneys have been selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star List for 2019.
Disinheriting a Spouse in Virginia
Can a decedent disinherit a surviving spouse in Virginia? The issue can arise where one spouse drafts an estate plan, using a will and/or trust, to leave all of their assets to a child or extended family member; thus, disinheriting his or her spouse.
Basic Differences between Copyrights and Trademarks in the United States
Too often a journalist for a well-known publication will publish an article that confuses copyright protection with trademark protection or copyright infringement with trademark infringement. This misnomer and incorrect application of law oftentimes confuses the general public and inaccurately communicates an otherwise newsworthy story.
Can You Enforce A Contract With Errors?
Clients routinely ask our attorneys if a poorly crafted document is enforceable, whether because of mistakes, errors, typos, or language that just does not make any sense. The easiest answer here is, “maybe.” However, “maybe” is not much assistance to anyone in this type of situation.