Sybil Dunlop helps clients resolve complex commercial and intellectual property disputes.

As a counselor, Sybil advises Fortune 100 clients as they navigate business disputes with contractors, clients, and business partners. As a litigator, Sybil is a passionate advocate with first-chair trial and arbitration experience. She has also represented clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including the first patent owner to score a complete victory in a CBM proceeding. No matter the situation, Sybil invests in learning each client’s business and works to craft a strategy aimed at achieving identified objectives.

Sybil presents to audiences across the nation on the topics of federal practice, discovery, and legal writing. She offers her thoughts about the practice of law in a monthly column for Minnesota Lawyer entitled Sybil Procedure, and she hosts a recurring webcast series for Minnesota CLE.

Sybil also serves on the Board of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative (“CCLI”)—a legal services incubator that assists recent law graduates developing low bono law practices—as well as the Infinity Project, an organization dedicated to increasing the gender diversity of the state and federal bench. As part of her efforts to increase diversity within our profession, she has developed a CLE on the topic of implicit bias and would be delighted to schedule a presentation for your legal audience. 


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Minnesota

Professional & Community Affiliations


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers


  • Collaborative Community Law Initiative, Board Member (2017 - present) 
  • Infinity Project, Board Member (2012-2015)
  • Smith College Alumni Association, Member

Thought Leadership


  • Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Minnesota CLE, Co-editor (2018)


  • Civil Litigation A to Z: Case Management – Discovery Best Practices in Minnesota State Court, Minnesota CLE (May 2017)
  • Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession, MWL Conference for Women in the Law (April 2017)
  • Civil Litigation A to Z: Getting Started – Federal Court Practice Essentials, Minnesota CLE (April 2017)
  • Presenting a Compelling Fact Section in Judicial Opinions and Briefs, Quill and Bagel (March 2017)
  • Implicit Bias and Its Impact on the Legal Profession, 2017 City Attorneys Educational Conference (March 2017)
  • Federal Court Practice Essentials, Minnesota CLE (February 2017)
  • The Professional Education Group, Faculty (2016 – present)
  • How to Get Noticed for All the Right Reasons,  The New Lawyer Experience Seminar, Minnesota CLE (July 2015)
  • Excessive Force: Recent Federal and State Cases Every Practitioner Should Know, Police Liability Seminar, Lorman Education Services, Panelist (May 2013; February 2011)
  • Candid Advice for New Lawyers, The New Lawyer Experience Seminar, Minnesota CLE, Panelist (January 2013)
  • Search and Seizure: Recent Federal and State Cases Every Practitioner Should Know, Recent Trends Involving the Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Minnesota Seminar, Lorman Education Services, Panelist (November 2012)


  • 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Honoree, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Selected to Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2013-2018)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2016)
  • Recognized as Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2015)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    • 2L Mock Trial Champion and Top Litigator Award Recipient
    • Best Brief Award 2006
    • Scholastic Achievement Awards: Conflicts of Law, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Writing
  • Smith College
    • Andrew C. Slater Prize for Excellence in Debate


Practice Areas


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, Order of the Coif (2008); Senior Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

B.A., Smith College (2001) 


Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable James M. Rosenbaum (2008-2010)

EMILY’s List, Political Research Deputy (2001-2005)