Dirk McClanahan

Mr. McClanahan is a Fairfax, Virginia native who was trained at Michigan State University College of Law, a top ten academic program for intellectual property law. Mr. McClanahan has successfully litigated matters in Virginia federal and state courts, including several multi-million dollar claims. He represents individuals and businesses, both large and small, to ensure that their legal rights are protected and enforced. Throughout his practice of law, Mr. McClanahan has worked with and litigated against several AmLaw 500 international firms, having taken part in cases with legal issues ranging from intellectual property licensing, business acquisitions, and contract enforcement and defense.

Location Falls Church, Virginia
Phone 703-520-1326
Practice Areas
Business Services
Business Litigation
Contracts
Labor & Employment
Trusts & Estate Planning
Intellectual Property
Info & Data Privacy Protection
Lawsuits & Disputes
Local Counsel
Representative Cases
  • Successfully represented John Does in a reverse class action bit torrent case.
  • Successfully pursued and defended employees and employers in wrongful termination and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases.
  • Successfully defended employees in breach of contract case regarding covenant not to compete.
  • Represented members of a limited liability company (LLC) in a derivative lawsuit against a manager of the company.
  • Successfully defended former partner of a limited liability company (LLC) in a breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secret case.
  • Successfully drafted and negotiated intellectual property licensing agreement, which included elements of patent, trademark, and trade secret licensing valued at more than $25,000,000.00.
  • Represented a limited liability company (LLC) in successfully drafting and negotiating a patent licensing agreement for more than $15,000,000.00.
  • D'Ambrosio v. Wolf, et al., 295 Va. 48, 809 S.E.2d 625 (2018); Mr. McClanahan prevailed in the appeal of his client’s Petition to the Supreme Court of Virginia based upon an estate litigation. The trial court dismissed the Plaintiff’s claims during a plea in bar. However, the ruling of the trial judge during a plea in bar was reversed by the Supreme Court of Virginia and the case was remanded back to Circuit Court for further proceedings. This appeal involved issues of res judicata, collateral estoppel, and judicial estoppel.
  • Knowledge Link, Inc. v. Melanie Downie, et al. (Fairfax, VA, CL-2016-16111); Mr. McClanahan successfully defended his client, an individual defendant, in this action who was sued for more than $141,000,000. This case involved claims for breach of contract, Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and Tortious Interference with Business Expectancy.
  • Jae Seok Rhee v. Seunggeon Kim, et al. (Fairfax, VA, CL-2019-01756); Mr. McClanahan prevailed after a three-day bench trial where the court awarded judgment in favor of his client, 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 the plaintiff. The case involved claims including breach of contract and fraud in the inducement. The last settlement offer up to the date of the verdict from the opposing party was $65,000
  • Alnoor Travel & Tours, LLC v. Rendezvous Travel & Tours Corp., et al. (Fairfax, VA, CL-2015-10828); Mr. McClanahan prevailed after a two-day bench trial where the court awarded judgment in favor of his client, the plaintiff, with a verdict of $15,000 against one Defendant and $79,500 in compensatory against a second Defendant plus $200,000 in punitive damages. This case involved claims for breach of contract and fraud.
  • Arcsoft Consulting, LLC v. Arges, LLC et al. (Alexandria, VA, CL-14-4697); Mr. McClanahan prevailed after a five-day jury trial where the jury awarded judgment in favor of his client, the plaintiff, in the amount of $357,033 for breach of contract and in the amount of $93,815.94 for tortious interference with a contract. This claim involved complex contract and business tort claims between government contracting entities.
Professional Honors & Activities
EDUCATION
  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan J.D., Juris Doctor
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Bar Associations
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association