About Us

OUR TEAM

We are a team of relentless, passionate, curious, results-minded professionals. We have been entrepreneurs, military officers, lawyers, communicators, technologists, and even musicians. We have worked in Fortune 500 companies, technology startups, the Intelligence Community, two Presidential Administrations, and non-profit charities.

Let us use our skills and talents to advance your goals.

David Verhey

Founder & Managing Principal
dverhey@dbladvance.com

David Verhey’s practice concentrates on counseling and representation of clients with business interests in national security, information technology, cybersecurity, and government contracts. He helps companies and institutions manage risk, comply with government regulations, and resolve disputes and investigations. He also assists clients with due diligence and corporate organization, including operating and buy-sell agreements.

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David is a frequent conference speaker and an author of articles on security and technology, including big data, the internet of things, insider threat mitigation, and privacy policy. He is also the founder and principal of SDS Advisors LLC, a technology consulting firm. He is cleared TS/SCI.

David formerly served as a Senior Advisor and Counsel in the Department of Defense, where he supported IT development, cybersecurity, classified contracts, and counter-terrorism programs.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, he was a partner in a national law firm, a senior executive at the Interior Department, and counsel to the California Governor. David began his career as a trial and appellate attorney in the California Department of Justice, where he successfully handled federal and state litigation involving criminal databases, major state procurements, and constitutional issues.

Tom Dunlap

Co-Founder & Principal
Technology Transactions

tdunlap@dbladvance.com

Tom has been repeatedly named as both a Washington, D.C. and Virginia Super Lawyer (top 2.5%), maintains an AVVO “Superb” rating (10.0), “Top 12” (Northern Virginia Magazine), and Who’s Who in American Law, and has been named to various lists for litigation work such as the “Power 100” Hollywood Reporter) Lawyer in entertainment for his work with independent film studios including Voltage Productions (The Hurt Locker), Millennium Film (Expendables 2) and a host of others. He also works with film industry professionals in a variety of areas including copyright, licensing, distribution, contract, compliance, fund-raising, and clearance.
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Tom has authored numerous books and appeared on national television and radio including Fox, Sundance TV, and NPR speaking a variety of subjects in his fields of practice. In addition to the state and Federal courts of DC, VA, and MD, he is a member of the Federal Courts in Puerto Rico, Colorado and Texas, as well as the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Circuit, where he has recently argued and won three appellate matters), the Veteran’s Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, where he was lead counsel on a False Claims Act case (See United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co.) and in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, (U.S. May 22,. 2017) (No. 16-341) case involving jurisdiction in patent infringement cases.

In addition to legal work, Tom has been an associate producer and script editor (Assault on Wall Street by Uwe Boll) and directed stage plays and a public television program in New York. Tom has also been on the other side… and has recently appeared in a few national television commercials. Tom has a BA in English & Theater from Lafayette College, a JD from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has served as a US Army Officer (Armor/ Cavalry) and is a licensed pilot, rescue diver, and avid sailor.

In addition to nine years as an Army officer (Cavalry), Tom has served as a Special Prosecutor and spent time in commercial banking at JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York in the Private Client Group. Tom is presently an Airport commissioner for KJYO (Executive Airport) a Dulles, feeder airport.

Tom’s Past Positions Include: | Chemical Bank, NA (JP Morgan Chase) 1994-1995 | Bank of New York, Institutional Custodies, 1995-1996 | Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, 1997 | Special Prosecutor, Loudoun County | Special Counsel (appointed by the Governor of Virginia) for Wage Claims | CEO, Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. 2007-2010 (part-time)

Tom served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and XO in a light cavalry unit, and served as the aide-de-camp to a Commanding General, and finally as a company commander of an infantry company. Tom also enjoys SCUBA diving (rescue & Nitrox certified) and is a former National Silver Medalist in full contact Burmese kickboxing. As a founder and co-patent holder of a biomedical nano-particle technology (US8382987 B2 and US20140045274 A1), Tom served as the interim CEO and now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. (www.ceresnano.com) which is working on numerous government contracts (including multiple Phase 2 awards from DARPA), and the only definitive antigen test for Lyme disease.

Tom has two children, and his spouse is a government contracts attorney in Northern Virginia.

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