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The organization plans to use the investment to help relief efforts in California for those who suffered from the recent devastation of the fires that struck in the Bay Area.


San Francisco, CA (November 16, 2017) – The Venable Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the law firm Venable LLP, is pleased to announce it has awarded an impact grant of $150,000 to benefit Bay Area Legal Aid for use in support of relief efforts in California for those who suffered from the recent devastation of the fires that struck in the Bay Area.

"There is great need in our local communities, particularly by the poor and the underserved who need legal representation. Giving is at the core of who we are and what we do," said Lindsay B. Meyer, president of The Venable Foundation. "We are proud to support the important work of the Bay Area Legal Aid and its timely efforts to help those communities affected by the fires recover."

James E. Nelson, partner-in-charge of Venable LLP's San Francisco office, added, "This grant is part of our long tradition of unparalleled giving, which complements the pro bono legal work, community service, volunteer time, and board service of Venable's attorneys and staff. It is part of our firm's commitment to be fully-invested in and a member of the communities in which we live and work."

"Access to needed legal help isn't just a matter of justice. In the wake of these disasters, it is food, shelter, healthcare, and family stability," said Genevieve Richardson, Bay Area Legal Aid's managing attorney for Napa, Contra Costa, and Marin counties.

Bay Area Legal Aid ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. As the largest civil legal aid firm in the region, Bay Area Legal Aid serves the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through local neighborhood offices, mobile advocacy clinics, and the nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, Bay Area Legal Aid prevents homelessness, increases economic stability, protects consumers, expands access to healthcare, and protects families from domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, visit

The Foundation, now in its 35th year, has contributed more than $25 million in the last 10 years in contributions to a wide variety of organizations. Established in 1983, the Foundation supports an expansive range of civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors, as well as public interest law and legal education. These include children's services and funding for disadvantaged families and individuals; homeless shelters and food programs; community organizations, hospitals, hospices, and local chapters of national health organizations; and educational, artistic, and cultural events and organizations. The Foundation is supported by contributions from partners of Venable LLP, an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. For decades, the Foundation was led by former Venable partner and former Attorney General of the United States, Benjamin Civiletti. His leadership and stewardship of the Foundation set the standard for today's Venable partnership.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With over 600 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit