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Marks 20th consecutive year in Best Lawyers®, also recognized for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Litigation - Bankruptcy


Baltimore, MD (August 20, 2013) – Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Venable LLP partner Richard L. Wasserman as the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Baltimore. Mr. Wasserman was also recognized in the Bet-the-Company Litigation and Litigation - Bankruptcy sections of the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). This is the 20th consecutive year Mr. Wasserman has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©.

Best Lawyers® began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the United States in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. Only one attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year,” making the recognition particularly significant. Attorneys named as a “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on impressive voting averages received during an exhaustive peer-review assessment conducted with thousands of leading attorneys each year. Receiving this honor reflects the high level of respect an attorney has earned from his/her peers. It reflects on the attorney’s abilities, professionalism and integrity.

A Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Mr. Wasserman is the senior member of Venable’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group which was ranked Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy in Baltimore by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in 2013. He focuses his practice on matters involving bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related litigation, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, workouts, reorganizations and restructurings. Mr. Wasserman has extensive experience representing clients in major business, commercial and real estate bankruptcy, workout and reorganization matters and has served as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee, as a court-appointed examiner and as a mediator in bankruptcy adversary proceedings and claims resolution proceedings. Mr. Wasserman graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1970 and received his J.D. in 1973 from Columbia University School of Law.

Mr. Wasserman was one of seven Venable attorneys named “Lawyers of the Year.” Also recognized were Co-Managing Partner Robert L. Waldman, Baltimore Non-Profit/Charities Law; Bryson L. Cook, Baltimore Tax Law; William D. Dolan III, Washington, DC Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Douglas H. Green, Washington, DC Environmental Law; James J. Hanks, Jr., Baltimore Corporate Law; and Sharon A. Kroupa, Baltimore Corporate Governance Law. Overall, Venable had a record 93 attorneys who achieved 159 placements across 47 practice groups in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has earned the respect of the legal profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The twentieth edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2014) includes over 50,000 attorneys in 134 practice areas, compiled through exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.9 million detailed evaluations of attorneys by their peers.


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