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McLean, Virginia, November 26, 2001 --- Venable was named the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year in a unanimous decision by the Fairfax Bar Association. The award will be presented at a Fairfax Bar Association dinner in Falls Church, Virginia on November 29. The award was granted jointly to Venable and Brandt, Jennings, Roberts, Davis & Snee, PLLC.

Venable was recognized for a number of pro bono projects in Fairfax County, including partnering with the Cedar Ridge Community Center in support of the Fairfax Bar Association's Neighborhood Outreach Program. Venable lawyers traveled to various county sites, including homeless shelters, family resource and community centers, providing free legal advice and referral information to those unable to pay for these services.

"We are deeply honored to receive this award, which acknowledges our commitment to the community. We take great pride in the partners and associates who contribute their time to help others," said John G. Milliken, managing partner of Venable's Northern Virginia office.

Partner Gerard Treanor, recently named as the firm's full-time pro bono coordinator, acknowledged that Venable's lawyers find pro bono work personally and professionally rewarding.

Venable encourages everyone at the firm to become active in the community. Lawyers and staff personally devote many hours volunteering through local community groups. In addition, Venable contributes significant resources to the community through the Venable Foundation. The Foundation supports a wide range of civic, cultural and charitable endeavors in the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore Metropolitan Area as well as public interest law and education.

In addition to its Northern Virginia office, Venable has offices in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Towson, and Rockville, Maryland. Venable's 420+ attorneys practice in the areas of business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, technology, government contracts, labor and employment, health care, trade regulation, communications, energy and the environment, and government relations.

One of the American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia.