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WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE (October 5, 2005) - Forty Venable LLP lawyers, representing a cross-section of the firm's practice groups and offices, were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers (www.bestlawyers.com) is a leading national benchmark of go-to counsel published by Woodward White Corp. The 2006 edition is based on an extensive peer-review survey of some 16,000 attorneys, resulting in more than 400,000 detailed evaluations of individual lawyers around the country.

For 15 of the 40 Venable attorneys named this year, their selection represents more than 10 straight years of recognition by Best Lawyers. Many of the other Venable lawyers named this year also have appeared on the list previously.

Attorneys chosen for inclusion in Best Lawyers are assessed according to their respective specialties. The latest edition covers 57 separate practice disciplines, including 25 new categories added this year. Seven Venable attorneys were recognized in these new practice areas, including two citations for firm chair Benjamin R. Civiletti:
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance: Benjamin R. Civiletti; James J. Hanks, Jr.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Thomas D. Washburne, Jr.
  • White Collar Criminal Defense: Benjamin R. Civiletti; Michael Schatzow; William D. Dolan III; Carol Elder Bruce; Judson W. Starr

"We are extremely proud of the individual attorneys named to the list, especially knowing that the rankings reflect assessments by peers and competitors across the legal profession," said Venable managing partner James L. Shea, one of those recognized for the past 10 years.

"In addition, it's very gratifying to see the core group of Venable lawyers who have been included among Best Lawyers for more than a decade now joined by 20 additional colleagues. The selection is also noteworthy as a broad sweep across many of our diverse practice platforms."

The following is a roster of Venable attorneys included in the Best Lawyers in America 2006 (Note: an asterisk indicates inclusion for 10+ years running):

Robert G. Ames
Labor and Employment Law

James K. Archibald
Commercial Litigation

Constance H. Baker *
Health Care Law

David E. Belcher *
Real Estate Law

John M. Bredehoft
Labor and Employment Law

Carol Elder Bruce
Commercial Litigation
White-Collar Criminal Defense

Benjamin R. Civiletti *
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
White-Collar Criminal Defense

Bryson L. Cook *
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Tax Law

William D. Dolan III
Commercial Litigation
White-Collar Criminal Defense

Jeffrey K. Gonya
Trusts and Estates

Robert G. Gottlieb
Real Estate Law

James E. Gray
Commercial Litigation

Jan K. Guben
Real Estate Law

James J. Hanks, Jr.
Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
Corporate Law

Kenneth R. Hoffman
Employee Benefits Law

Philip M. Horowitz *
Real Estate Law

Elizabeth R. Hughes
Corporate Law

George W. Johnston *
Labor and Employment Law

Lawrence A. Katz
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Brigid E. Kenney
Environmental Law

Brian J. O'Connor
Tax Law

Peter P. Parvis *
Health Care Law

Jeffrey J. Radowich *
Trusts and Estates

Russell Ronald Reno, Jr. *
Real Estate Law

David E. Rice
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Michael Schatzow
Commercial Litigation
White-Collar Criminal Defense

Barbara E. Schlaff
Employee Benefits Law

A. Christopher Sega
Trusts and Estates

James L. Shea *
Commercial Litigation

Kevin Shepherd
Real Estate Law

Robert G. Smith *
Environmental Law

Judson W. Starr
Environmental Law
White-Collar Criminal Defense

Paul F. Strain
Commercial Litigation

Margaret N. Strand
Environmental Law

Ronald W. Taylor
Labor and Employment Law

Gerard Treanor *
Commercial Litigation

Stefan F. Tucker *
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Thomas D. Washburne, Jr.
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Richard L. Wasserman *
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

James D. Wright *
Real Estate Law

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.