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Venable LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 501
  • Gross Revenues: $376,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $750,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $845,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Venable is a Washington, DC-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, with 496 attorneys, Venable is the 77th largest law firm in the United States. In terms of revenue, the firm placed 78th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with $337,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm ranked 100th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of law firms worldwide. Venable first entered the Am Law 100 in 2002 in 94th place. Venable's practice areas include intellectual property, advertising and marketing, real estate, government contracts, and government relations. The firm has five offices in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area as well as offices in New York City and Los Angeles.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 76 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 76 3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 84 -7 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 88 21 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 128 -2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 38 6 Summer programs

In the News

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

The Churn: Venable Expands in L.A., Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

A day after Hogan Lovells and Squire Patton Boggs started the third quarter with mergers abroad, Venable has gotten into the tie-up game by picking up seven lawyers from Los Angeles litigation boutique Weingarten Brown. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of Am Law 200 hires.

July 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Real Estate Law & Practice

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Limiting Liability in Design and Construction Contracts," "When Art Meets Building: A Primer on the Visual Artists Rights Act," "Condominium Formation in New York" and "Not Everything Is Guaranteed in Landlord-Tenant Guaranties."

Limiting Liability in Design and Construction Contracts

Peter S. Britell And Ashley A. Dunn : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Peter S. Britell and Ashley A. Dunn of Venable write: There is an "issue du jour" in almost every new major design and construction project—limitation of liability. The architect and construction manager or contractor each seeks to fix a cap on their liability for the project. The issue is then negotiated, since the stakes can be high for all parties. While the results of these negotiations vary with the type of project and foreseeable risks, the topics discussed are often common.

Morning Wrap: Squire Patton Boggs reshuffles, Aereo decided

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

Patton Boggs sees changes in its groups leaders, the Supreme Court decides the Aereo case, some U.S. oil may be shipped abroad and an American book chain splits in two for trading purposes. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

Lawsuit Asks If It's Really 'Made in the USA'

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

Is every component made in the U.S.? Agencies and courts differ on how much of a given good has to be manufactured domestically.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Suit in Fosamax Litigation Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed on summary judgment a bellwether case against Merck & Co. in the mass litigation over Fosamax, an osteoporosis treatment that can lead to femur fractures.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Fosamax Suit Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A New Jersey federal judge found that plaintiff Barbara Gaynor, who took the drug after Merck revised its labeling, failed to show that the drug company didn't give her doctor adequate notice of the drug's risks.

WellCare Can't Be Coconspirator and Victim

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

WellCare Health Plans' lawyers at Greenberg Traurig tried to use a federal victims' rights law to get restitution from former executives convicted of health care fraud. The Eleventh Circuit shot down that creative claim.

Did GM Rouse a Passive NHTSA?

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

The ignition-switch scandal at General Motors Co. may finally have gotten the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into gear.

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

Ventas said on Monday that it will acquire American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $2.6 billion. Also, four firms have landed roles in connection with the sale of 24 Hour Fitness by Forstmann Little & Co., the New York-based buyout shop that has been liquidating its portfolio following the November 2011 death of its cofounder.

Am Law 100 Trio Advises on $2.6 Billion Senior Housing Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Wachtell is representing Ventas in its acquisition of American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in the stock-and-cash transaction, while Proskauer Rose and Venable are counseling ARC.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Company v. Kolon Industries, Inc.; Wexler v. KPMG LLP et al.

In D.C., A Changing Law Firm Map

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Court Rules for Prosecutors in Key Foreign Bribery Case

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

In a highly anticipated decision, the Eleventh Circuit on Friday largely sided with federal prosecutors' broad definition of what constitutes a "foreign official" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Moves by Law Firms Could Shift Profession's Center of Gravity

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

As leases draw to a close and the industry shrinks, fresh real estate frontiers open.

The Shifting D.C. Law Firm Scene

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Planned office moves by Washington firms will change the local lawyer landscape.

The Churn: Ballard Spahr Bulks Up in Delaware, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Ballard Spahr snags a leading litigator from the First State, Reed Smith hires Fried Frank's energy head and other lateral moves from around The Am Law 200.

Am Law Duo Put to Bed $1.3 Billion Hotel Venture

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Wachtell and Schulte Roth are advising on the sale of a portfolio of hotel properties by Chatham Lodging Trust and Cerberus Capital Management to a new joint venture led by Chatham and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

Wachtell, Simpson Handle $1.65 Billion Payments Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Vantiv has turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

Amici Briefs From Firms Fault 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A dozen prominent law firms are urging the Court of Appeals to declare as impractical the practice of allowing bankruptcy trustees to pursue profits from matters that partners carry from defunct firms to their new firms, and to find it contrary to nearly a thousand years of legal principle.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Del. Goes After Unclaimed Gift Card Revenue

Marlisee Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The recently unsealed case could have brought ramifications for the entire gift card industry.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL INC.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Maintaining strong relationships with the 72 attorneys on Marriott's legal team means that in-person contact often takes priority over email correspondence. An old-fashioned device helps, too — the telephone.

DC Lateral Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

This week's lateral moves in the D.C. legal market include a new solo practice from a Justice Department lawyer, a contruction and government-contract group joining Peckar & Abramson and a partner added to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' health care practice.

Sessner v. Merck Sharp & Dohme

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Appellate Panel Issues Emphatic Reminder To Attorneys of Duty to Timely Advise Court of Settlement

Fosamax Case Lawyers Chided for Late Notice to Court of Settlement

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Lawyers in a bellwether case over Merck & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax draw a New Jersey appellate panel's rebuke for having waited four months to notify the court that the case had settled.

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

Judge Declines to Halt Plans for Tower Over Historic Building

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 16, 2014

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice declined to block a transfer of air rights over the Art Students League of New York's historic building on West 57th Street, enabling construction of a 1,440 foot-high luxury residential tower.

Ruling Clears Way for Tower Over City Landmark Building

Suevon Lee : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice declined to block a transfer of air rights over the Art Students League of New York's historic building on West 57th Street, enabling construction of a 1,440 foot-high luxury residential tower.

'Blunt' E-mails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, a judge in California has tentatively denied the company's eleventh hour bid for summary judgment.

'Blunt' Emails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, Santa Clara Judge Peter Kirwan has tentatively denied the company's eleventh-hour bid for summary judgment.

Lanier Says $9B Actos Verdict Sends Message to Takeda, Lilly

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

Even though it's likely to shrink dramatically, famed trial lawyer W. Mark Lanier says the eye-popping verdict blows away all those he's won before.

Sham Wow Importer Sues Venable for Malpractice

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

A company that imports Sham Wow towel products to the United States is suing Venable for alleged malpractice, accusing attorneys of giving bad advice on customs matters and a government investigation—forcing the company to hire other lawyers to clean up the mess.

Sham Wow Importer Sues Venable for Malpractice

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

A company that imports Sham Wow towel products to the United States is suing Venable for alleged malpractice, accusing attorneys of giving bad advice on customs matters and a government investigation—forcing the company to hire other lawyers to clean up the mess.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Sag Amid Expansion Efforts

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

Last year was a busy one for McKen­na Long & Aldridge.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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

The Churn: Dinsmore Absorbs Bond Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Dinsmore & Shohl expands its public finance capabilities with the acquisition of a 35-lawyer Cincinnati-based firm; Dorsey & Whitney loses a pair to Polsinelli; and Orrick expands in London.

A Banner Year for Venable

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Venable, bolstered by the strength of the firm's litigation and regulatory groups, in 2013 set new firm records for revenue and profits per partner.

Arnold & Porter Litigator Decamps for Venable

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Liability Questions Loom Over New Cybersecurity Framework

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

The federal government's new cybersecurity framework is "a good start," but lawyers say the real test will be whether companies voluntarily adopt it, especially without compelling incentives like liability protection.

Liability Questions Loom Over New Cybersecurity Framework

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

The federal government's new cybersecurity framework is "a good start," but lawyers say the real test will be whether companies voluntarily adopt it, especially without compelling incentives like liability protection.

Want a Fed Contract? Beef Up Your Cybersecurity

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

The government is taking a serious look at how its vendors protect digital data.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Philip Weingold has joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder, Venable has added litigators Patrick Boyle and Jessie Beeber as partners, and several firms announce promotions.

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Case Summaries

David Popple : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Amid Practice Leader Losses, Dorsey Plots Turnaround

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

A year after an abrupt management change spurred a firmwide restructuring, three practice group leaders have recently left Dorsey & Whitney for positions elsewhere. Departures aside, Dorsey managing partner Kenneth Cutler tells The Am Law Daily that the firm's gross revenue rose last year for the first time in six years against the backdrop of a shifting legal landscape that has seen leading Minneapolis-based rivals Faegre & Benson and Leonard, Street and Deinard strike merger deals.

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Circuit Pick Advances, Others Lag

: The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee has renewed its push to confirm a slate of federal judicial nominees, but it's still unclear how much political resistance they will get from Republicans. Plus more in this week's column.