Cunningham & Associates, P.L.C.

Cunningham & Associates, PLC
1901 N Moore St. Suite 802
Arlington, VA 22209
Map and Directions
703-294-6500 phone
703-294-4885 fax

Maryland Office
1111 Bonifant Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Washington Office
5039 Connecticut Avenue Bldg. 3
Washington, DC 20008

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Joseph Francis Cunningham

Joseph Francis Cunningham

Arlington, Virginia


Mr. Cunningham is a trial attorney with nearly forty years of practice in the commercial law and insurance fields.  He has litigated thousands of cases in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  He has written on various legal topics in numerous publications and law journals, as well as teaching or lecturing at Georgetown Law Center, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, and numerous CLE courses.  He heads his own insurance defense firm and has done so since 1970.  The Insurance and Commercial law Chair at Columbia University School of Law is endowed in his name.  He is a co-author of the Virginia State Bar Monograph on Insurance Law.

Representative Cases 

Representative Clients

Attorney Joseph Cunningham endows history professorship, University of Rochester, Currents

Year Joined Firm

  • 1970

Areas of Practice

  • Health Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Employment Law
  • Homeowner Association Disputes
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Administrative Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1965
  • Maryland, 1978
  • Virginia, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D., Class Officer - 1960
  • University of Rochester
    • M.A. cum laude - 1967
  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • B.S., Class Officer cum laude - 1957

Published Works

  • Attorney Protection From Malpractice Claims, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXII, No. 1, 2010
  • An Overlooked Defense to Professional Liability, (Co-Author with Steven C. Lippman and Michael A. Graziano), Maryland Bar Journal, 2010
  • Attorneys Fees Incurred and Defending Non-Covered Claims, Brooklyn Law Scholl Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Fall - Volume 2, #1, 2007
  • Insurance Law, Virginia State Bar Monograph, 1st, 2d Edition, 2006
  • "Attorney Malpractice Defense", The Journal of Civil Litigation, P 407, Winter, 2005
  • Insurance Law, Virginia State Bar Monograph, 2004
  • "ERISA, Some Thoughts", Arkansas Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 83-91, 1996
  • "Declaratory Relief in Insurance Coverage Disputes", The Law Forum, University of Baltimore School of Law, Vol. 23, February, 1993
  • "Recent Developments in Malpractice Litigation", Defense Counsel Journal, October, 1991
  • "Collateral Source: Double Judgment or Double Trouble?", Washington Lawyer, pp. 34-37, March/April, 1985
  • "Recent Developments in Insurance Law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia", The Insurance Law Journal, January, 1980
  • The Congressional Labor Agenda, Boston College Law Review, 1967
  • "The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission", Labor Law Journal, pp. 131-136, March, 1967


  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Tactics, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Instructor, Civil Law, University of Maryland
  • Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Business
  • Instructor, CLE Courses

Honors and Awards

  • The University of Rochester 2011 Arts, Sciences and Engineering John N. Wilder Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • Arlington Bar Association, Member
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, 1st Lt., 1962 - 1964
  • National Alliance of Businessmen, Vice President, 1969 - 1970
  • E. I. DuPont De Nemour, Labor Counsel, 1966 - 1969
  • US Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Counsel, 1965 - 1966


  • Phi Delta Phi

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Our insurance defense lawyers represent clients in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), Arlington, Alexandria, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News, Charlottesville, Leesburg, Roanoke, Manassas, Rockville, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Stafford County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Howard County, Calvert County, Baltimore County, and throughout the Eastern Shore.