Despite temporary end to shutdown, law firm still offering free security clearance consults

Virginia

In a press conference Friday, President Trump announced he will lift the government shutdown for three weeks. An international law firm based in Leesburg announced Friday it will continue to support furloughed workers.

Until the shutdown is officially over, Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig Law Firm is offering formerly-furloughed workers free consultation about how to deal with security clearances.

“You’re relying on your government job to pay your bills, so you can keep your security clearance, so you can keep your government job,” said partner Thomas Dunlap. “And when your government job goes away, you might lose the government job when you go back because the government wasn’t there to employ you, so you can keep your security clearance.”

The firm offered half-priced consults at the beginning of the shutdown, but reports it never expected it to last as long as it did. 

Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig is also extending 60 extra days to their government-contracted clients to pay invoices. 

Dunlap and partner Ellis Bennett are also concerned about the shutdown’s effects on the firm’s 30 attorneys and staff that regularly do patents and trademark work. 

“The patent office announced that they’re out of money as of the second week of February for patent filings and as of April for trademark filings,” said Dunlap. The firm will continue to employ its full staff. 

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