Branson Dunlop flows with his curiosity. An off-handed thought on a random subject will pique his interest and off he goes. Launching into a Google search, he’ll emerge hours later, sometime around 2 a.m., look up from his heap of details and realize he’d better get some sleep.
Branson will tell you he’s interested in everything. He says it’s how he came to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Best he can recall, it started with a movie, which led to research into the real story and another story and so on until it became an itch that could only be scratched by experiencing it himself.
Fast-forward to 2004. He was a freshman at Miami University. After years of quiet deliberation, he decided to call a recruiter and signed the enlistment papers that same day. No one in his family had been in the military, so his decision was met with surprise and concern from those closest to him. He took their concern into consideration, but his mind was made up — he had to have the experience, had to find out firsthand what it was like to be in the military. To get the full experience he craved, he chose to join the Marines Corps’ infantry component.
During his eight years in the Marines, Branson was deployed to various corners of the world, including the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and a 10-month combat deployment in Afghanistan. That’s about as much as he cares to say about it, except that he (a) formed several life-long bonds with his fellow Marines and (b) found what he was looking for. “It wasn’t necessarily what I thought I was looking for,” he says, “but I definitely scratched that itch.”
Branson describes himself as intense but not overly serious. He’s a planner, big time. “Even when I’m on vacation, I have a full itinerary, down to the minute. We’re never sitting around wondering what to do. I’m fine with not sticking to it, being flexible and open to spontaneous adventures. But I have to have the plan. People may not always appreciate my over-preparedness at the outset. But the minute things go awry, they know who to come to.”
Branson met his wife, Tasha, at Miami University. She grew up in San Diego but spent most of her adolescence traveling to and from Kentucky to train and compete at an international level showing American Saddlebred horses. On visits with Tasha’s family in California, Branson often wonders how she could have ever left San Diego for the landlocked city she now calls home. Whatever the reason, he’s happy she did.
These days, Branson spends as much time as possible with Tasha and their toddler daughter, Harper. He tries to find a new activity for his family every week, often scouring the Internet to find interesting events in the local area. “We’re so fortunate to live in a community that puts such a clear emphasis on childhood development. The number and variety of events and activities for children of all ages is next to none.”
Growing up, the practice of law held the same fascination for Branson as the military and, for that matter, the history of the United States.
“I’ve done so much reading on the birth of the nation and the founding fathers. The law has always been at the forefront of change and progress, starting with the Constitution. It was the lawyers who made it happen. That’s what I want to do with my life — make things happen.”
Branson is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on representing financial institutions and businesses in the areas of creditors’ rights, foreclosures, bankruptcy, banking law, receiverships and general commercial litigation; however, he has significant experience representing a diverse group of clients in a broad spectrum of legal issues.
During his undergraduate and law school studies, Branson served as an infantry rifleman in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, Branson attained the rank of Sergeant and was deployed to various parts of the world, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010-2011.
Branson received his Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Miami University in 2007 and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2012. During law school, Branson served as a staff writer for the University of Dayton Law Review, where he had an article published in the 2014 Winter Issue. In addition to graduating with honors, Branson earned track honors in the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution track, and was the recipient of the Law Dean’s Scholarship and six CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for highest class grade in Constitutional Law, Evidence, Wills & Trusts, Trial Practice, Professional Responsibility, and Externship Course. In 2017, Branson was selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for his work in the field of commercial litigation.
Branson currently resides in Liberty Township, Ohio with his wife, Tasha, and their daughter, Harper.