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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 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, IL, 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

Morning Wrap: Allegations Fly at Firms

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 16, 2015

Law suits expose the tensions within McBee Strategic and at Dickstein Shapiro: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

D.C. Court: No Sanctions for Former Prosecutor Who Violated Ethics Rule

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : April 10, 2015

A former federal prosecutor in Washington violated his ethical obligation to turn over information to defense lawyers, an appeals court ruled this week. But the court did not impose sanctions, citing earlier confusion about how to interpret the ethics rules.

Schlumberger Agrees to Pay $232M Penalty

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 06, 2015

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited, recently agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the IEEPA by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with the sanctioned nations of Iran and Sudan.

Symposium Advances Debate Over FTC's Section 5 Enforcement Powers

Carl W. Hittinger and Jeffry W. Duffy : The Legal Intelligencer : April 06, 2015

What is an "unfair method of competition" for purposes of the Federal Trade Commission's enforcement powers? For more than 100 years, lawyers, economists and other experts—as well as courts—have debated that question, trying to determine exactly what conduct Congress meant to prohibit, beyond conduct already condemned by the antitrust laws, when it enacted Section 5 of the FTC Act of 1914. The Baker & Hostetler-sponsored Symposium on Section 5, held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26, assembled, for the first time in a public forum, key decision-makers and experts from all three branches of government to debate the future of FTC's competition enforcement authority as the agency embarks on its second century. (The last symposium on Section 5 took place in 2008 but was an internal workshop for the FTC.) The vigorous exchange of opinions among the 14 distinguished symposium speakers clarified the terms of the dialogue over whether the FTC should adopt formal guidelines to finally define "unfair methods of competition" and place limits on its enforcement discretion under its "stand-alone" Section 5 authority—that is, its power to pursue anti-competitive conduct not reached by the Sherman or Clayton antitrust acts.

About Those Firms That Didn't Score Pro Bono Honors …

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 03, 2015

Although two dozen firms earned honors for their pro bono work in D.C. earlier this week, more than a few important Big Law names were missing. Is pro bono work on the decline across the city?

AmLaw 100 Emoji Edition: D.C. Firms' Results, Part 2

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 31, 2015

Back by popular demand, we bestow money-judging emoji unto another group of D.C.'s largest law firms. The group below includes firms that are among the largest 25 in the metro area and claim a founding city outside of Washington.

Big Suits

David Bario, Rebekah Mintzer, and Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Moncrief Oil International v. Gazprom; Chesapeake Energy v. American Energy Partners; Beyond Systems v. Kraft; Franklin California Tax Free Trust v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Schlumberger to Pay $232 Million Fine for Dealing With Sanctioned Nations

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited, recently agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the IEEPA by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with the sanctioned nations of Iran and Sudan.

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Venable Nabs Former Financial Fraud Enforcement Leader

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : March 27, 2015

Bolstering its financial services practice, Venable on Friday announced it hired Michael Bresnick, who previously led the interagency task force charged with investigating and prosecuting financial crimes.

Commercial Litigation

: New York Law Journal : March 23, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Ride-Sharing Companies Face Novel Liability Questions," "Avoiding Contract Disputes That Arise in Disaster Aftermath," "Commercial Arbitration: Expeditious Resolution, Or Wormhole of Unpredictability?" and "Advancement of Fees Is Alive and Well in the Commercial Division."

Testy Litigants in Vacuum Dustup

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

Two leading manufacturers of vacuum cleaners named Animal and Shark are battling it out in court over whose product sucks more.

Litigants Get Testy in Vacuum-Cleaner Dustup

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 17, 2015

Two leading manufacturers of vacuum cleaners named Animal and Shark are battling it out in court over whose product sucks more.

Latham, Kirkland Face Off in Hostile Bid for Retail REIT

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Latham & Watkins is advising Simon Property Group Inc. in its $22.4 billion hostile bid for retail real estate investment trust The Macerich Company, which has turned to Kirkland & Ellis for counsel.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : March 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : March 05, 2015

Additions and promotions at Venable, Goldberg Segalla and Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria.

Sale of Counterfeit Goods: Cutting Off the Lifeline

Joshua Kaufman : Corporate Counsel : March 03, 2015

To stop the online purveyors of counterfeit goods from infringing on intellectual property rights, you need to cut off their lifeline: cash flow.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 27, 2015

Seven firms announce new additions.

Pryor, Former Arkansas Senator, Going to Venable

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 27, 2015

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor plans to join the law firm Venable, according to three people with knowledge of the lobbying industry.

Ropes & Gray Ramps Up in Data Security, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 24, 2015

A data privacy expert joins Ropes & Gray on the West Coast; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Mayer Brown; Epstein Becker & Green's 15-lawyer raid lands it an office in Princeton; Cleary Gottlieb hires a former Sullivan & Cromwell tax partner and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Post-Congress Job Hunt

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A month and a half after Congress set free almost 50 former House members and a dozen former Senators, the courtship is hot.

Reality Check: Doing Business in Cuba

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : February 19, 2015

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba begin to thaw, it's still not time for companies to advertise or do much business there.

Firm Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 17, 2015

Big firms take on more partners from Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer; Dentons heads to Northern Virginia; King & Spalding snags a rival's IP litigation co-head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 17, 2015

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

In Limitations of Liability, Don't Overdo It

Joshua Kaufman : Corporate Counsel : February 10, 2015

Problems arise when an entity tries to draft a limitation of liability that is so broad that it goes against public policy and state statutes.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 10, 2015

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

States Scramble to Tighten Vaccine Laws

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Legislatures push to restrict exemptions, but opponents argue that personal freedoms are jeopardized.