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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, IL, 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

DOJ Wins Suit Over Contract for Terrorist Screening Center

Nate Beck : Legal Times : November 19, 2014

A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a company's claims that a competitor's low-bid $59.3 million offer to staff a terrorist screening center violated bidding regulations.

D.C. Circuit Saves Merits of CFPB Challenges for Another Day

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : November 19, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit spent several hours on Wednesday weighing whether corporations and state attorneys general had legal standing to challenge the existence of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board, the merits of their challenges notwithstanding.

Parent Company Can Tortiously Interfere With Subsidiary's Contracts

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : November 19, 2014

A parent company can be liable for tortiously interfering with the performance of a wholly owned subsidiary, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled. As a result, the court ordered a real estate company and its subsidiary to jointly pay $6 million in damages to real estate developers after ruling the parent forced the subsidiary to breach its implied obligations.

Two Major Firms Finalize Office Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 17, 2014

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will move into new office buildings Dec. 8, shifting two large chunks of the Washington legal community into different neighborhoods in one weekend.

Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits; Kirkland & Ellis hires again from Covington & Burling; a quick turnaround for two Quinn Emanuel litigators; government roles beckon some big firm partners and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Freshfields Helps Hachette Strike Deal With Amazon

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 14, 2014

After months of sparring, Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com agreed Thursday to let the New York-based publisher set its own prices for e-books. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represented Hachette, while Amazon handled the matter in-house.

Wiley Rein Mum on Any Lobby Shop Acquisition

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 13, 2014

Is Wiley Rein in talks to acquire a portion of the lobby shop McBee Strategic? Jim Slattery of Wiley Rein declined to comment on the possibility of the acquisition. “In the next year we're going to be making a series of strategic hires,” Slattery told the NLJ.

Alums From Dead Firms Keep Memories Alive Through Reunions

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

Firms like Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Thelen, Shea & Gould and Bower & Gardner may no longer exist, but their vast networks of former attorneys and staff still keep in touch through organized gatherings and informal meetups.

INADMISSIBLE: Karl Racine Elected Top D.C. Lawyer

: The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

Venable partner Karl Racine will be the District of Columbia's first elected attorney general, taking over an office that will be dramatically reshaped by the time he takes office. Plus more in this week's column.

Cephalon Reverse-Payment Issue Debated Post-

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : November 10, 2014

Thirty lawyers and a federal judge wrestled with the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court introduced a new threshold for plaintiffs to reach when they challenge the payments made by major pharmaceutical companies to generic drugmakers in order to keep the cheaper drugs off the market.

Your Website's Terms of Service Are Unenforceable

Joshua Kaufman : Corporate Counsel : November 06, 2014

When a company goes to enforce the TOS, believing they have entered into a contract with their users, they may be unpleasantly surprised when judges refuse to enforce them.

Venable's Karl Racine Wins D.C. Attorney General Election

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : November 05, 2014

Venable partner Karl Racine will be the District of Columbia's first elected attorney general, taking over an office that will be dramatically reshaped by the time he takes office.

Norton Rose Fulbright Raids Cybersecurity Law Boutique for Partners

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2014

David Navetta and Boris Segalis are leaving Chicago-based InfoLaw Group LLP to join Norton Rose Fulbright's offices in Denver and New York as part of a wave of hiring by Big Law to beef up their booming cybersecurity practices.

November 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : November 01, 2014

Steptoe Duo Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A Steptoe & Johnson crisis manager joins a spin shop, while a former special counsel quietly departs; Kirkland adds another Skadden partner; King & Spalding brings on Bobby Jindal's brother; Baker & Hostetler bags three across the country; a Bingham IP star departs; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.