Dustin is a tried-and-true litigator and pre-litigation defamation counselor. Since joining Clare Locke LLP in October 2015, Dustin has represented Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, executives and educators, doctors and patients, and public figures across the globe. He has represented individuals and companies in the financial, political, education, medical, pharmaceutical, non-profit, and film and entertainment industries against media outlets including Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and CBS. Through pre-litigation correspondence, Dustin has promoted fair and accurate reporting about his clients and has killed misleading proposed stories by The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, and The New York Times.

Dustin has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process, working on all stages of defamation and complex commercial cases, including pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and both state and federal appeals. He has briefed, argued, and won motions for summary judgment in the Commonwealth Virginia and has won countless pre-trial motions.

Dustin played a key role, both before and during trial, on the Clare Locke team that won a $3 million jury verdict from Rolling Stone magazine for false and defamatory statements in a now-debunked viral article about an alleged gang rape at UVA.

Dustin facilitated a confidential settlement of a multi-million dollar dispute between his client–a successful businessman and international adventurer–and a space tourism company that warranted that it had the rights from the Russian Federal Space Agency to provide a flight around the moon.

Utilizing the international Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”), Dustin secured the ownership rights to an unlawfully registered and harassing domain name and website that infringed on the common law trademark rights of his client, a high-profile hedge fund manager.

Prior to joining Clare Locke, Dustin worked in higher education developing new and cutting-edge graduate degree programs at The George Washington University and managed complex policy projects at The National Academies.


  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


The George Washington University School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2012

  • Member, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team

Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 2004


Staff Attorney, The Syed Law Firm PLLC, 2013-2015