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Venable LLP is pleased to announce that partner Brian Schwalb has been selected as one of Washington’s “Legal Elite” by Washington SmartCEO Magazine.

For the second consecutive year, Washington SmartCEO selected a group of Washington’s top attorneys who were evaluated on their area of expertise, leadership, professional accomplishments, innovation, and relationship development. The attorneys were nominated by CEOs, business owners, and industry and legal experts.

Mr. Schwalb is an accomplished trial lawyer and commercial litigator.  His practice focuses on business, tax, employment and real estate disputes and issues confronting individual entrepreneurs, closely held businesses, corporations and universities.  In April, Mr. Schwalb represented a local university in a four-week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against claims brought by a former law professor.  The jury found for the university on all claims. 

Mr. Schwalb is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.  After a two-year clerkship and four years as a trial attorney at the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Schwalb began his private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1998.  He, his wife and three daughters live in the District of Columbia.

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.

Mr. Schwalb has been active in the District of Columbia Bar Association, having served on the Litigation Section’s and the Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice Section’s Steering Committees.  He is on the board of the Council for Court Excellence, and is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Litigation Section.  Mr. Schwalb has taught advanced trial advocacy in programs sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the ABA.