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Recognized in Tier 1 Nationally and in Washington, DC


Washington, DC (November 1, 2013) – For the second time in the past three years, Venable LLP has been named the 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Advertising Law. Venable was also named a Tier 1 firm for Advertising Law Nationally and in Washington, DC. Last year, Venable was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation.

The “Law Firm of the Year” award recognizes only one firm in each of the 87 nationally ranked practice areas after an exhaustive review by Best Lawyers'® research. Venable received this award based on a combination of factors including high performance on client surveys and feedback from attorneys in other firms in the same practice area.

“We’re very proud to receive this honor and especially grateful to our clients whose continued support to our firm and our practice played such a pivotal role in this award,” said Jeffrey D. Knowles, chair of Venable’s Advertising, Marketing and New Media Practice Group. “More than a decade ago, Venable began building an advertising law team that mastered the traditional advertising disciplines, could stay ahead of digital advertising’s breakneck change, and apply unmatched depth to the state and federal regulatory and legislative issues that increasingly shape marketers’ business decisions. This recognition, and our results for clients, speak for themselves.”

With more than 50 attorneys focusing on advertising and marketing issues in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Venable’s advertising practice has received significant recognition in a variety of legal publications and directories. In addition to being named “Law Firm of the Year” in two of the past three years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” Venable has achieved significant recognition in Chambers USA and Legal 500. In 2010 and 2011, Venable was the only firm to win the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Advertising and Marketing in consecutive years. The latest edition of Legal 500 ranked the firm in Tier 1 for Marketing and Advertising with Mr. Knowles and partner Roger A. Colaizzi listed as “Leading Lawyers.”

News of Venable’s “Law Firm of the Year” honor comes the same day that U.S. News – Best Lawyers® recognized the firm in 92 practice areas at the national and metropolitan level including a record 13 National Tier 1 rankings. Earlier this year, a record 93 attorneys achieved 159 placements across 47 practice groups in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings were based on the highest number of participating firms and of client ballots on record. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided nearly 20,000 evaluations.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process including the collection of client and attorney evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in 19th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.


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Note: Venable is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm serving clients globally.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, 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 around the globe.