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Venable LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 533
  • Gross Revenues: $409,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $770,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $905,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 5

Venable is a Baltimore-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Venable has 533 attorneys and is the 77th largest firm in the United States.  With $409,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 71st on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Venable ranked as the 89th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, London, MD, NY, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 71 5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 71 5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 77 5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 91 13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 118 10 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 38 6 Summer programs

In the News

Murder Convictions Tossed Over False Evidence

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

An appeals court in Washington has reversed the 1994 convictions of two men found guilty of first-degree murder, finding prosecutors relied on false evidence that was "crucial" to their case.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Candidates Face Off in First-Ever D.C. Attorney General Race

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

When District of Columbia voters head to the polls Nov. 4 to vote for an attorney general — the first-ever election for the post — they'll choose from five candidates who represent a broad swath of the legal community.

Circuit Vacates Attorney's Sanction

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014

An attorney accused by a judge of ignoring his instructions not to mention punitive damages and of acting strangely during closing argument in the products liability litigation over the bone-density drug Fosamax has had sanctions against him lifted by a federal appeals court.

Perdue Chicken-Conditions Class Action Withdrawn

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : October 21, 2014

Three years of class litigation challenging Perdue Farms Inc.'s assertion that it humanely raises chickens sold under one of its brands has ended with terse statements that the poultry company will no longer make that claim.

Report: Rents Up, Square Footage Down for Am Law 200 Firms

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

The downsizing trend for office space continues but is starting to slow as many firms already have given up space per lawyer to save money, according to the latest survey by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

Lawyer Escapes Sanctions Over Fosamax Trial 'Tirade'

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 20, 2014

Four years after a federal district judge in New York lambasted a product liability lawyer for going overboard in his closing arguments during a bellwether trial against Merck & Co. Inc., an appeals court has vacated sanctions against the attorney.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2014

Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Definition Of Big Firms Changing

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

First-year associates in the ­largest U.S. law firms in major cities have come to expect base salaries of $160,000, but many find themselves falling short of that benchmark.

INADMISSIBLE: Lawyers Line Up To Fight Trial Subpoenas

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

Lawyers are lining up to fight subpoenas requiring them to testify remotely via video in a Boston antitrust trial, but the battle is over for Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester. Plus more in this week's column.

Fee Tracker: Bingham, Fried Frank Bag Old Mutual IPO Roles

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Initial public offerings for such companies as British insurer Old Mutual's Boston-based asset management arm and Royal Bank of Scotland-backed Citizens Financial helped fill the coffers of firms such as Bingham, Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Fried Frank while Detroit's bankruptcy continued to be a boon to Jones Day and Honigman. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to examine $4.1 million in Baker Botts bankruptcy fees in our latest look at notable legal billings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Covington Chairman Defeats Antitrust Trial Subpoena

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 09, 2014

A federal judge in Boston on Thursday agreed to block a subpoena that would have forced Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester to be on call for an unspecified number of days to testify via video in an antitrust trial.

D.C. Lawyers Line Up to Fight Subpoenas in Antitrust Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 08, 2014

Two weeks after Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester filed court papers opposing a subpoena for live video testimony in an antitrust trial, two more lawyers in Washington have joined the fight.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Lateral moves at Bryan Cave, Dentons, Manatt Phelps and Venable in this week's column.

Report: Law Firm Mergers Continue Their Record Pace

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 03, 2014

Legal consultancy Altman Weil's latest law firm merger report finds that the 62 law firm combinations announced in the U.S. from January through September of this year slightly outpaces last year's record for the same period.

The Careerist: Is This Subject Off-Limits?

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

In a lighthearted blog post, I mentioned a lawyer's sex appeal. Blowback!

Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen mulls a merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a key factor in clinching any deal will be the participation of certain rainmakers. The Am Law Daily has a look at those individuals, some of whom have left the firm, and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200, such as significant acquisitions by Armstrong Teasdale in Denver, Fox Rothschild in Dallas and Quarles & Brady in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

U.S. ex rel. O'Donnell v. Countrywide; In re AIG 2008 Securities Litigation; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; Gilead v. La Roche; O'Bannon v. NCAA

INADMISSIBLE: Denied Appointment, Adegbile Joins Wilmer

: The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Civil rights advocate Debo Adegbile is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a litigator in the New York office, the firm said last week. Plus more in this week's column.

On The Move

: The Recorder : September 22, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons' New LatAm CEO Eyes Mergers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Jorge Alers, a former head of the Latin American practice at two Am Law 100 firms and most recently general counsel for the Inter-American Development Bank, is on the lookout for potential combinations as the new CEO of Dentons' Latin American and Caribbean group. The Am Law Daily takes an in-house focused look at the latest round of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Takeover Battle Highlights Skadden's Inversion Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms are facing off in a $2.2 billion takeover fight involving Endo International's bid to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a deal that would stymie a $345 million tax inversion deal forged by the latter this summer with Canadian biotechnology firm QLT. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which is currently advising Auxilium, has also done inversion work for Endo.

Venable Says It Will Move to New D.C. Building Four Blocks North

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : September 17, 2014

Another Washington law firm will relocate near Mt. Vernon Square. Venable, among the city's 20 largest law offices, announced Wednesday it will move to 600 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. in early 2017.

Morris Manning Advises On $3B REIT Deal

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 12, 2014

Morris Manning & Martin is handling another multi-billion dollar REIT transaction. Partner Lauren Prevost is leading a 14-lawyer team advising Cole Corporate Income Trust (CCIT) on its $3.1 billion sale to Select Income REIT, a larger, publicly traded real estate investment trust.

D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins Sworn In

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : September 12, 2014

Judge Robert Wilkins was formally sworn in on Friday as the 61st judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at a ceremony dedicated to the African American judges who preceded Wilkins on the bench.

Venable Appeals Win for Generics in Hospira Sedative Fight

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : September 08, 2014

Less than three weeks after halting drugmakers Mylan and Par Pharma from selling generic versions of Hospira's blockbuster sedative Precedex, a judge in Baltimore performed an unexpected about-face that allows the generics to resume sales.

Qui Tam, Class Action Cases Against Merck Proceed

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 08, 2014

A Pennsylvania federal judge has allowed the majority of claims to proceed against Merck & Co. in a qui tam suit and related antitrust putative class action over the company's testing and government sales of its mumps vaccine.

The Careerist: Another Big Law Partner Weds Hottie

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : September 05, 2014

The loves and lusts of members of the bar. News and gossip roundup.

Lawyers and the Ice Bucket Challenge: A Video Collection

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 29, 2014

Since Venable's firmwide ice-bucket challenge soaked their terrace two weeks ago, we've found a collection of other ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos from prominent firms and lawyers.