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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

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

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

Intellectual Property

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

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Intellectual Property

Trusts & Estate Planning

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

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Trusts & Estate Planning

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

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

Firm Highlights

Dirk McClanahan

Mr. McClanahan represented the plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud in the inducement action between former business partners. In late September of 2020, Mr. McClanahan prevailed after a three day trial where the court awarded judgment in favor of the plaintiff, recovering $100,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in punitive damages, as well as attorney fees, for a total recovery of more than $200,000 to plaintiff.

Claudia Lopez-Knapp

Mrs. Lopez-Knapp won a breach of contract matter on summary judgment.

Zach Miller

Mr. Miller obtained a 20k+ judgement on behalf of a contractor in a dispute with a homeowner who had alleged that the contractor performed defective work and was withholding payment.

Claudia Lopez-Knapp

On November 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed Judge Bernhard’s judgment in the matter of Futuri Real Estate, Inc. v. Atlantic Trustee Services, LLC in which the partial subordination rule was adopted. This was a matter of first impression in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mrs. Lopez-Knapp had the privilege of working closely with Judge Bernhard on the Futuri case during her tenure as his law clerk.

Andrea Zizzi

We are excited to welcome and announce our newest Associate Attorney, Andrea Zizzi! Andrea was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved with her family all over the United States until she settled in the D.C. area after college. During her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks, and watching movies. Some of her hobbies include reading, knitting, quilting, and beading.

Claudia Lopez-Knapp

Mrs. Lopez-Knapp prevailed at trial in late September representing the plaintiff in a landlord-tenant dispute.

We built our reputation by taking care of yours

The attorneys at McClanahan Powers, PLLC are experienced and knowledgeable and 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.

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