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U.S. News Media Group/Best Lawyers® 2011-2012 recognizes 64 national and 65 local practices


Washington, DC (November 1, 2011) – Venable LLP has been recognized by U.S. News Media Group/Best Lawyers® 2011-2012 for 129 national and local practices, a 300% increase over last year’s rankings.  The firm received national Tier 1 rankings in eight separate categories.

Venable practices recognized as national Tier 1 are:
  • Advertising Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law

Additionally, the firm was named U.S. News – Best Lawyers' first “Law Firm of the Year” in Advertising Law, earlier this year. This important designation is given to one firm in each of the 75 nationally ranked practice areas after an exhaustive review by Best Lawyers'® research.

Commenting on the three-fold increase in Venable’s U.S. News rankings, Managing Partner Karl Racine noted that one of the firm’s continued ongoing objectives is to make clients more aware of the breadth and excellence of Venable’s capabilities in a growing number of practices.  “We are particularly grateful to our clients for clearly and persuasively communicating the Venable value to U.S. News.”

The firm received national Tier 2 rankings in 21 practice areas:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • FDA Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Patent Law
  • Private Equity Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Rounding out the firm's national rankings, are the following groups:
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Energy Law
  • Health Care Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law

In addition to its national practice scores, Venable received high rankings in both Maryland and Washington, DC. In all, 28 practice groups earned Tier 1 rankings in Maryland and 18 in DC.

The firm’s Tier 1 rankings in the Washington, DC metro area more than doubled over the past year. The ranked groups include:
  • Advertising Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Environmental Law
  • FDA Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Real Estate Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Venable’s Tier 1 rankings in the Baltimore region include 28 practice groups, up from 19 last year:
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Private Equity Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Practices in the Baltimore region that received recognition in Tier 2 are:
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Public Finance Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

In Washington, DC, Venable received Tier 2 rankings for the following practice areas:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Tax Law

For over a quarter century, Best Lawyers® has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The mission of “Best Law Firms” is to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will – issues that have a company-wide implication (in the case of a corporation) or a potentially life-changing result (in the case of an individual).  Steve Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, explained, “By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we continue to believe that we are providing clients with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.”

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Note: An American Lawyer Global 100 law firm, Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia, Venable LLP lawyers and legislative advisors serve the needs of our domestic and global clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and government affairs.