- Chairman: James L Shea Vice
- Chairman: Brian L Schwalb
- Managing Partners: Lindsay B Meyer and Robert L Waldman
- Number of partners: 285
- Number of other lawyers: 260
Founded more than a century ago,Venable LLP provides first-in-class legal services as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large corporations, mid-sized organizations, and high net worth entrepreneurs and individuals. One of The American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable has a long history of investing the time to understand the needs of its clients and delivering exceptional client service. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business law, regulatory, legislative, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. The firm has built its practice around leading attorneys who have served in senior corporate, regulatory, prosecutorial, legislative, and Executive Branch positions.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate Law & Business Transactions:
Venable represents and advises individual and corporate clients on banking and financial services matters, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, banking regulatory issues, corporate finance and securities, employee benefits and executive compensation, franchise and distribution,mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine finance, real estate and real estate finance, strategic alliances and joint ventures, taxation, technology transactions and outsourcing, and trusts and estates. Venable represents and advises state and local governments and nonprofit organisations on municipal and tax-exempt finance and tax compliance. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, investors of all descriptions, state and local governments, and nonprofit corporations and associations, including healthcare and educational institutions.
Government & Regulatory Affairs:
Venable advises clients on a wide array of legislative, government contract, regulatory, civil, and criminal matters before state and federal authorities. The Venable team has extensive experience working with officials in the Executive Branch including agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice,Treasury, and Transportation. Venable attorneys also work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Postal Regulatory Commission,U.S. Postal Service, Food and Drug Administration,Consumer Product Safety Commission,OSHA,U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Reserve Board and other financial services regulatory agencies. Venable provides its clients with a full complement of government affairs and legislative support, including political analysis, issue management, and direct advocacy, as well as preparation of draft legislation, Congressional testimony, and committee report language.
Venable’s Litigation Practice is broad enough to handle virtually all areas of civil and criminal law, and deep enough to handle bet-the-company litigation. General counsel at Fortune 500 companies look to the firm’s trial lawyers on matters ranging from defense of class actions to internal investigations. Venable handles all major areas of litigation including appellate, products liability and toxic torts, commercial disputes, labor and employment, antitrust, construction, intellectual property, class action, and SEC and white-collar defense. Venable’s many former federal prosecutors have considerable experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in administrative and grand jury investigations.
Technology & Intellectual Property:Areas of PracticeCorporate Law & Business Transactions
Government & Regulatory Affairs
Technology & Intellectual Property
Venable’s IP attorneys practice in every aspect of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, antitrust, and unfair competition. With technical backgrounds extending across a host of industries and technologies, the firm’s attorneys advise clients on all issues pertaining to domestic and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Venable also negotiates and drafts domestic and international licenses, joint venture and technology transfer agreements, and research contracts. Venable’s IP litigators represent clients before the International Trade Commission and aggressively enforce and defend intellectual property claims in venues across the country.