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James Burnley earns National and DC Shipping & Transport award, Bill Walsh recognized for National and Virginia Public Law, Ellen Berge debuts in National and DC E-Commerce


Washington, DC (April 2, 2014) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s partners – James H. Burnley IV, William L. Walsh, Jr., and Ellen Traupman Berge – were named 2014 Client Choice Award winners by International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology. Winners were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments and featured in the Client Choice Guide – International 2014 and the Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada 2014.

For the second consecutive year, Mr. Burnley was recognized Nationally for Shipping & Transport, and is the sole recipient of that honor. He was also named the sole recipient of the Client Choice Award for Shipping & Transport in the District of Columbia for the third consecutive year. Mr. Walsh was named the sole recipient of the National Public Law honor for the first time and received the same honor in Virginia for the second consecutive year. Ms. Berge debuted this year as the sole recipient of the Client Choice Award for E-Commerce Nationally and in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Burnley, who served as U.S Secretary of Transportation from 1987 to 1989, focuses his practice on government relations and regulatory and legislative affairs, with a concentration in transportation matters. “Since entering the private sector, he has remained active in the development and implementation of federal transportation policy; no other former secretary of transportation can match this experience,” one client said about Mr. Burnley with another adding, “He has earned a reputation as one of the most astute and highly respected experts in the field of transportation law and policy.”

With more than 30 years of federal and state government contract experience, Mr. Walsh represents federal sector companies who contract with the Department of Defense and civilian agencies. Client sources praised Mr. Walsh as “responsive and very attentive to all client needs” and “a consummate client-oriented attorney, who is always focused on finding the right solution to alleviate clients’ challenges.”

Ms. Berge focuses her practice on transactional, regulatory, litigation, and policy matters for direct marketers, retailers, e-commerce companies, trade and professional associations, service providers, and other clients. Client sources describe her as “one of those outside counsel that just 'gets it'” and someone “always looking to help the client with the most reasonable, practical approach, no matter how big or small the issue.”

Established in 2005, the Client Choice Awards recognize law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for their excellent client care and the quality of service. The criteria for the awards focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. Firms and attorneys can only be nominated for these awards by corporate counsel.

Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is an online resource providing tailored updates on global legal developments, a database of the world’s major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a comprehensive directory of firms and partners. Lexology, launched in 2007, is a daily newsfeed of law firm client alerts, articles and blogs. Lexology has an audience of over 185,00 subscribers, over 60% of whom are in-house corporate counsel representing the vast majority of Fortune 500, FT Global 500 and FT Euro 500 companies.


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