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Venable LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 564
  • Gross Revenues: $442,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $785,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $970,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Venable is a Baltimore-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Venable has 564 attorneys and is the 73rd largest firm in the United States.  With $442,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 68th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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, MD, NY, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 68 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 68 3 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

Big Canadian Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Hudson's Bay / Galeria; Sun Life / Bentall Kennedy; / PlentyofFish

Website Owners: No Safe Harbor from Copyright Liability

Linda Zirkelbach : Legaltech News : August 21, 2015

Boggs Estate Battles Woman Claiming Romantic Relationship

Zoe Tillman and Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 20, 2015

The estate of Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. is locked in a legal battle with a woman who says she had a romantic and business relationship with the late super-lobbyist, the former head of Patton Boggs. The woman, local realtor Janine Davey Waxman, and Boggs' family have been fighting in courts in Maryland and Washington this year over the settlement of his estate, court records show.

Judge: Lawsuit Over 'Exploding' Caterpillar Generators in Brazil Stays in Miami

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : August 11, 2015

A federal judge in Miami rejects a motion by Caterpillar to move a $50 million case to Brazil, calling it a "last-ditch effort" by the company. A Brazilian power plant operator claims faulty Caterpillar generators exploded.

INADMISSIBLE: Trial Lawyer Billy Martin's Next Steps

: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. Plus more in this week's column.

Venable Not Liable for Alleged 'Puffery' by Firm Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : July 31, 2015

A federal judge in Washington this week dismissed negligence claims against Venable, finding that supposed "puffery" by firm attorneys about what they could achieve for a former client wasn't enough to support the allegations.

Class Certified in Provigil Antitrust Case

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

A federal judge has certified a class of direct purchasers of the drug Provigil in their antitrust case against generic drug makers Ranbaxy Laboratories and Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Boies Schiller to Abandon Suburbs for Downtown D.C.

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 28, 2015

One of the few Am Law 100 law firms in Washington located far from the central business district is moving. Boies, Schiller & Flexner, whose D.C. lawyers work in a building near the Maryland border, plans to move to New York Avenue and 14th Street downtown in the late summer or fall next year.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : July 27, 2015

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Who's Winning Pay-for-Delay Suits Against Drugmakers?

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 21, 2015

Huge potential damages make these suits a tempting new target for plaintiffs lawyers. But they shouldn't expect easy victories.

Venable, Wachtell Make Match With Dating Site Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 17, 2015

The two Am Law 100 firms and a pair of Canadian shops have picked up work on a pickup site deal that will see Barry Diller-backed The Match Group buy PlentyofFish Media for $575 million in cash.

Dickstein Shapiro's Top Insurance Lawyer, 9 Others in LA to Leave Firm

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 17, 2015

Kirk Pasich, one of few rainmakers left at Dickstein Shapiro and a nationally known insurance litigator, will pull his practice group from the D.C.-based law firm, according to five people familiar with his plans. Pasich and nine other Dickstein lawyers will join Liner LLP, two of the people said.

Eric Holder Jr.'s Next Challenges

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

Eric Holder Jr.'s next two years at Covington & Burling, the firm where he worked before becoming U.S. attorney general, may be a smooth transition for one of the Obama administration's most high-profile officials turning to private practice in corporate law.

Kramer Levin, Gibson Dunn Prevail in Puerto Rico Bond Battle

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : July 07, 2015

In what is likely the leading edge of a rash of multibillion-dollar disputes involving the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the first round has gone to a group of bondholders.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : July 06, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.

Holder's Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 05, 2015

Covington & Burling celebrates a homecoming this week as Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington plans to announce the news Monday, and his official start date will be in September. "This is home for me," Holder told The National Law Journal.

Holder's Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making

Katelyn Polantz : The Am Law Daily : July 05, 2015

Covington & Burling celebrates a homecoming this week as Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington's latest high-profile hire will officially start at the firm in September.

Copyright and Online Images: Paying the Photography Piper

Joshua Kaufman : Corporate Counsel : June 30, 2015

Users of unlicensed images are most often violating several copyrights of the photographers. Save yourself some grief and high fees by licensing the images at the outset.

Fraud Claims Fall Flat in Lawyers' Messy Divorce Trial

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : June 29, 2015

A Los Angeles judge found no breach of fiduciary duty and ordered the couple to split more than $15 million in assets.

Real Estate Law & Practice

: New York Law Journal : June 29, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Health Care Regulatory Compliance for Landlords, Tenants," "Shifts in the Retail Industry Have Changed Commercial Property Needs," "The EB-5 Program and Tax Credits: An Alternative for Development" and "Understanding Artists' Rights in Contracts for Building Art."

Williams & Connolly

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

In cases with billions of dollars on the line, Williams & Connolly last year delivered resounding victories for its clients. The wins were not of the "we settled for less than the client expected" variety. They were complete defense verdicts for companies including AstraZeneca PLC, which faced $60 billion in damages in one of the largest antitrust cases ever to go to trial.

ACA Wins at Supreme Court, In-House Lawyers Look Ahead

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : June 26, 2015

With 'King v. Burwell' resolved and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proceeding as planned, in-house attorneys should get to work to make sure their companies are fully compliant.

Ballard Spahr Moves Firm's Bethesda Lawyers to D.C.

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 17, 2015

One of the only Big Law firms with a Montgomery County, Maryland, office has waved goodbye to everyday suburban bliss. Ballard Spahr moved its eight attorneys in the Bethesda, Maryland, office to D.C. in May.

O'Melveny and Pillsbury Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 14, 2015

Willkie Farr, Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin make hires from two struggling firms with California roots; Blank Rome bolts on an IP boutique in Houston; Fried Frank loses its last partner in Asia; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Presumed Damages May Be Available in Constitutional Torts

Joshua Cohan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 12, 2015

Your client's constitutional rights have been violated but your client has not suffered any injury other than the deprivation of the constitutional right itself. The case appears to be a loser. Is it really worth pursuing if you cannot prove an actual injury? This scenario has certainly presented itself to many legal practitioners. Even though it looks like you may be out of luck in getting damages for your client, there might be another way.

'Missing' $20 Million at Issue in Lawyers' Divorce

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : June 10, 2015

Trial starts Thursday in messy split of two former Big Law attorneys.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : June 10, 2015

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit group that manages the 300-acre, city-owned Brooklyn Navy Yard, with 40 buildings, has signed a 96-year ground lease with developer Steiner NYC LLC for the $140 million redevelopment of a six-acre, mixed-use complex called Admirals Row along Flushing Avenue.

Hastert Name at Dickstein Drew More Attention Than Money

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 04, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's resignation last week from Dickstein Shapiro was another punch to the Washington firm. Hastert, a senior adviser who was the most well-known of its professionals, helped market the firm as it restructured in recent years and shrank by nearly half. Still, Hastert, at 73 years old, wasn't central to Dickstein's balance sheet, several people familiar with the firm said.

Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 30, 2015

Three partners head to Hogan Loveless; Fried Frank raids Kirkland & Ellis in London; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; a Florida firm goes on a hiring spree; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ex-Sen. Mary Landrieu Takes Energy Background to Van Ness Feldman

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : May 26, 2015

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, joins Washington-based law and lobby shop Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy adviser, the firm announced Tuesday. Landrieu will focus on energy, environmental matters and natural resources.