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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

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 plans to announce the news Monday, and his official start date will be 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.

Quinn Emanuel Heads to Shanghai, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2015

Litigation giant Quinn Emanuel opens its first office in mainland China; Steptoe & Johnson snags four in Silicon Valley; Dentons follows up on its Newt Gingrich hire with several new additions; and other hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sheppard Mullin Finds New Orleans Police Making Progress—Slowly

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 20, 2015

Sheppard Mullin is almost two years into its job as monitor of the New Orleans Police Department. Partner Jonathan Aronie has submitted five quarterly reports to the city documenting the department's progress, the latest of which was presented at a public meeting Wednesday night. But some in the community are frustrated with the lack of change they're seeing on the ground.

INADMISSIBLE: Justice Dept. Loses Laptop Search Dispute

: The National Law Journal : May 18, 2015

Federal agents do not have unlimited power to search laptops and other electronic devices without a warrant at the border, including airports, a federal judge in Washington has ruled. Plus more in this week's column.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 15, 2015

Announcements from Troutman Sanders, King & Spalding, Vedder Price, Kaye Scholer, Venable and Farrell Fritz.

Musical Chairs at Squire Patton Boggs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2015

As the one-year anniversary of the firm's creation draws near, several more Squire Patton Boggs partners seek new homes; Baker & Hostetler brings on roughly 30 lawyers from McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of the latter's June 1 merger with Dentons; Boies, Schiller & Flexner bags another federal prosecutor; Greenberg Traurig grows in Poland; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Venable Becomes Latest Firm to Start State AG Practice

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : May 12, 2015

Another law firm with a large lobbying arm has decided to build muscle advocating in state governments. Venable said Tuesday it had hired Kevin Turner, the Alabama attorney general's top legal adviser, for a new state attorney general practice. Several firms this year have expanded lobbying and litigation departments to specialize in state AG work.

Firms Race For State AG Practices

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 11, 2015

Cozen O'Connor lured from Dickstein Shapiro last week almost the entire group of lawyers who advocate in state attorneys general offices, a controversial but growing practice area that a number of law firms have jockeyed in this year.

How a Con Man Stole Millions Selling Fake Facebook Shares

: Bloomberg : May 08, 2015

The pitch seemed irresistible: Here was a chance to connect with a money man for billionaire Carlos Slim.

Cozen O'Connor Adds 10-Person State AGs Practice

Gina Passarella and Katelyn Polantz : The Legal Intelligencer : May 06, 2015

Cozen O'Connor has continued its expansion efforts this year with the addition of a 10-person state attorneys general practice from Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and the firm's leadership said it isn't stopping there.

Cozen Snags State AG Practice Leaders From Dickstein Shapiro

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : May 05, 2015

Cozen O'Connor has lured state attorneys general practice group leaders from Dickstein Shapiro, with eight attorneys and two advisers changing firms in Washington, Cozen said Tuesday.

Kirkland Looks to Gibson Dunn in Mylan Conflicts Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 05, 2015

The firm has tapped Kevin Rosen, the chair of Gibson Dunn's law firm defense group, to contest claims that it ignored a conflict of interest when it agreed to advise Teva in its hostile takeover bid for Mylan Inc.

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

DC Circuit Tosses Constitutional Challenge to Consumer Protection Agency

Zoe Tillman and Jenna Greene : Legal Times : May 01, 2015

A company that provides technical and personnel support to law firms—and a lawyer who contracted with that company—can't pursue a constitutional challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Board, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

May 2015 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : May 01, 2015

Tax Hike: Business Implications of NFL's New Status

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : April 30, 2015

The National Football League's decision to waive its controversial tax-exempt status likely will send its in-house legal department into a strategic huddle.