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Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2011) – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named four Venable partners “Lawyers of the Year.” The recognized attorneys are Julie A. Petruzzelli, 2012 Washington DC Technology Law Lawyer of the Year; Bryson L. Cook, 2012 Baltimore Tax Law Lawyer of the Year; Charles J. Morton, Jr., 2012 Baltimore Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year; and Jeffrey K. Gonya, 2012 Baltimore Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year..

“We are extremely proud of the four Venable partners who were recognized by Best Lawyers as the single best in their practice for their region,” said Karl Racine, Managing Partner. “Venable’s reputation, for more than one hundred years, has been built upon the expertise of our partners – a tradition that carries on to today. Congratulations Julie, Bryson, Jeff and Chuck – well done.”

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

According to Best Lawyers, it compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current (18th) edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. 75 Venable attorneys were recognized in the publication.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers’ surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession."

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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.