Ben Barlow

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Ben BarlowBen Barlow’s practice focuses on litigation at both the trial and appellate levels where he advises both employers and employees on labor and employment matters (including discrimination; wage and hour issues; non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; and issues related to security clearances, debarment, and government contracts).  Ben has represented clients in copyright, trademark, and domain name disputes before federal courts in Virginia and Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court (cert. denied).  Additionally, Ben is experienced in general commercial litigation and arbitration and in defamation suits.

Practice Areas, Bar Admissions, and Education

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Debarment

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland (2019)
  • Virginia (2004)
  • Washington D.C. (2006)
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, District of
  • Maryland, and District of the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education and Background

Originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Ben received his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College (History and Political Science). After graduation, Ben spent a year in AmeriCorps and did post-graduate work in Psychology and Education at James Madison University. While at the University Of Richmond School Of Law, he won the Carrico Moot Court Competition, the Richmond Trial Advocacy Competition, oral advocate and best brief honors in Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competitions, and the American Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. At graduation, Ben received the Outstanding Oral Advocate graduation award and was named to the Order of Barristers.
Ben began his litigation career as an Associate at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLLC, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and moved to Maryland in 2006 to work as an Attorney for the National Security Agency. Following his time with NSA, Ben completed an internship and significant training in mediation and worked in a contract capacity for Washington D.C. and Baltimore-area firms. As Senior Counsel at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC, Ben represented clients at all stages of the litigation process and worked to resolve disputes through mediation and arbitration where possible. Ben and his wife Erin and daughters Thea and Iva live in Woodbine, Maryland with their Dachshund Dasher, bunny Emma, and six chickens.
Outside of work, Ben is a member of the Ellicott City Partnership, has served on the Howard County Master Plan Advisory Committee, and is a Commissioner on the Howard County Historic Preservation Commission.

Community Involvement

  • Commissioner, Howard County Historic Preservation Commission
  • Board Member, Ellicott City Partnership
  • Member, Historic Germantown (Philadelphia) Trust

Reported Cases

Prudential Ins. Co. of Am. v. Shenzhen Stone Network Info. Ltd., No. 21-1823, 2023 WL 367217 (4th Cir. Jan. 24, 2023), Inc. v. French Republic, 992 F.3d 248 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 211 L. Ed. 2d 400, 142 S. Ct. 712 (2021)