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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 2014 Global 100 survey, Venable ranked as the 83rd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, MD, NY 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

6 Legal Tech Security and Privacy Moves You Need to Know

Mike Susong : Legaltech News : November 16, 2015

Fox Rothschild Chief Privacy Officer Mark McCreary weighs in on the latest developments in the legal cybersecurity space.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world's largest hotel company.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Venable Fights DQ in CEO-Sharing Conflict Brawl

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 05, 2015

Judge Haywood Gilliam said helping two companies hire the same executive likely wouldn't create an obvious conflict.

K&L Gates Continues Growth Spurt, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2015

After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clash of Former Clients Puts Orrick in Hot Spot

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 04, 2015

The firm simultaneously represented a Bay Area startup and the larger tech firm accused of sabotaging its business.


Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015

The judge in the first pharmaceutical pay-for-delay trial since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such deals might violate antitrust law had a big surprise for Venable litigator J. Douglas Baldridge.

Top Litigators Share Winning Strategies

: The National Law Journal : October 30, 2015

"I just show up in court and wing it," said no Winning Litigator—ever. But the lawyers in our special report bring more to the table than just meticulous preparation.

Trolling the Jury: Voir Dire in the Digital Age

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 30, 2015

Social media opens new frontiers—and poses new questions—in jury selection.

D.C. Bar Plans to Build a $70M New Headquarters

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 28, 2015

The D.C. Bar will pay an estimated $70 million to build a 100,000-square-foot building in downtown Washington to serve at its new home.

Too Damn High? Report Shows Rents Outpacing Law Firm Profits

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 26, 2015

Law firm profits may be rising, but rents are rising even faster, according to a new report by commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

How Large Are the Public-Policy Practices Within Law Firms?

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

One of the most surprising results of this year's National Law Journal Influence 50 lobbying survey was the number of law firms that counted almost $100 million or more in revenue from work intended to influence federal policy.

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Turns to Academia for SEC Picks

: The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

President Barack Obama turned to academia last week to fill a pair of seats on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, nominating George Washington University Law School professor Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. Plus more in this week's column.

Unsealed Ruling Reveals Test Over Secrecy of CFPB Investigations

C. Ryan Barber : The National Law Journal : October 23, 2015

In the crosshairs of a secret federal investigation, companies can face a dilemma: challenge the agency and risk public exposure or keep everything confidential as investigators assert their authority. A Washington federal judge's ruling, published this week, kept the identities of the companies and an individual secret—some measure of comfort for businesses and their lawyers who are navigating consumer-protection enforcement by a relatively new agency that doesn't have much guidance yet from the courts.

Fee Tracker: Big Firms Feast on IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2015

Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation's top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Stack Their Chips and Help Sell Stuy Town

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 22, 2015

Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.

Venable Settles $300K Fee Fight with Former Client

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 20, 2015

Venable has reached a confidential settlement with a former client that the firm accused of failing to pay more than $300,000 in legal fees.

How to Slice the Pie of a Firm's Public-Policy Practice

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 20, 2015

Some—but not all—law firms do everything in public policy. Or at least they say they do. The National Law Journal asked firms in our Influence 50 survey to discuss what types of public policy work generated most of their revenues, and more than 20 firms replied with detailed lists of their lobbying and other services. Here are a few more highlights from what the 20 largest firms on the Influence 50 shared.

Magistrate Puts Lawyers on Short Leash in Startup Dispute

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 19, 2015

Tired of endless discovery disputes, Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu ordered the parties to record their meet-and-confer talks, and didn't like what she heard.

Paul Hastings Trio Jumps Ship, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 13, 2015

Foley & Lardner, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Orrick poach partners from Paul Hastings; Kirkland & Ellis hires a new practice head in Washington, D.C.; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

D.C. Lawyer Sues Fig & Olive for Food Poisoning As Lawsuits Mount

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : October 12, 2015

A Washington lawyer is the latest patron of restaurant Fig & Olive to sue the restaurant for alleged food poisoning. Five lawsuits have been filed in federal courts in D.C. and Los Angeles.

Steptoe Joins D.C. Law Firms That Chose to Stay Put

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 12, 2015

Another law firm has chosen to forgo packing up and starting anew. After a three-year-long real estate search, Steptoe & Johnson LLP says it has re-signed its lease for another 15 years. It has been in the building on Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle for 30 years.

TRU Hires Shannon Bock As Assistant Operations Manager

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : October 09, 2015

Gavin Gray Returns to Baker & McKenzie as North American Regional Operating Officer

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : October 08, 2015

While at Perkins Coie, Gray won Legaltech News's 2013 CIO of the Year award.

Morgan Lewis and Exigent Announce Extension of Tech Alliance

Bill Kenealy : Legaltech News : October 07, 2015

Morgan Lewis will now offer their clients Exigent's contract lifecycle management solution, Chameleon.

Judge Drops Graduates' Deception Class Action Against Florida Coastal School of Law

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : October 07, 2015

A federal judge dismisses a class action filed by graduates alleging the Jacksonville law school misled them about their job opportunities after graduation.

Venable Hires Top Obama Administration Official for Non-Lawyer Cybersecurity Role

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : October 07, 2015

The hire is an example of how law firms often have a multidisciplinary team in place that includes non-lawyers.

Arent Fox Adds Tech Transactions Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 04, 2015

Another practice leader leaves Kaye Scholer; Blank Rome bags a handful of new hires; Day Pitney poaches a five-partner real estate team; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ex-Skadden Associate Beats Out Firm for Police Monitor Job

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2015

A former Skadden and Quinn Emanuel associate who joined a nonprofit police consulting firm will lead a team overseeing reforms at the Cleveland Division of Police. The department, which the Justice Department has accused of using a pattern of excessive force, has made national headlines for violent acts against local citizens.

Go Ahead, Yelp It: The FTC Sides With Customers Who Complain Online

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : September 30, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is coming down against a Florida marketer alleged to have threatened its customers with legal action for writing negative reviews.