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Record eight attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Baltimore and Washington, DC




Washington, DC – August 17, 2015 – 93 Venable LLP attorneys were recognized in the just-released 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. They represent a broad cross section of Venable practices and attorneys from the firm's Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Towson, MD; Tysons Corner, VA; and Washington, DC offices.

Additionally, a record eight attorneys were named "Lawyer of the Year" in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Only a single attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year." Attorneys are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. This honor reflects the high level of respect an attorney has earned among his or her peers in the same communities and the same practice areas, for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. The following Venable attorneys were named "Lawyer of the Year":

Brian J. O'Connor – Litigation and Controversy - Tax in Baltimore
Charles J. Morton, Jr. – Technology Law in Baltimore
Judson W. Starr – Litigation - Environmental in Washington, DC
Kevin L. Shepherd – Real Estate Law in Baltimore
Paul F. Strain – Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in Baltimore
Ronald R. Glancz – Litigation - Banking and Finance in Washington, DC
Thomas D. Washburne, Jr. – Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Baltimore
Todd J. Horn – Employment Law - Management in Baltimore

Also of note, Best Lawyers recognized Stefan F. Tucker for the 30th consecutive year.  Five attorneys – Michael D. Foster, Thora A. Johnson, Michele Mulrooney, John R. Stierhoff, and Michael J. Volpe – were listed in Best Lawyers for the first time this year.

The twenty-second edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2016) includes over 55,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Inclusion in this year's publication is based on more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations of attorneys by their peers.

The complete list of Venable attorneys honored in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 follows below. The year next to each attorney's name indicates the first year in which he or she was included in Best Lawyers:

David G. Adams (2007)
  • FDA Law

Robert G. Ames (2006)
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Jeffrey P. Ayres (2007)
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

John E. Bowman (2014)
  • Banking and Finance Law

Peter S. Britell (2007)
  • Real Estate Law

Jennifer J. Bruton (2014)
  • Real Estate Law

Walter R. Calvert (2007)
  • Public Finance Law
  • Tax Law

Courtney G. Capute (2012)
  • Leisure and Hospitality Law
  • Real Estate Law

Wallace E. Christner (2007)
  • Corporate Compliance Law

Bryson L. Cook (1993)
  • Corporate Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law

John F. Cooney (2012)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law

William D. Coston (2009)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent

Gregory A. Cross (2012)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

James E. Cumbie (2008)
  • Public Finance Law

C. Carey Deeley, Jr. (2014)
  • Commercial Litigation

Douglas C. Emhoff (2014)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Alan J. Epstein (2014)
  • Tax Law

Geoffrey C. Etnire (2006)
  • Real Estate Law

Kurt J. Fischer (2008)
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Real Estate Law

Michael D. Foster (2016)
  • Tax Law

Thomas W. France (2008)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Stephen K. Gallagher (2007)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Geoffrey R. Garinther (2013)
  • Criminal Defense - White Collar

Nora E. Garrote (2014)
  • Technology Law

Lawrence H. Gesner (2007)
  • Real Estate Law

Ronald R. Glancz (2008)
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance

Jeffrey K. Gonya (2006)
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Robert G. Gottlieb (2006)
  • Real Estate Law

James E. Gray (2006)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Douglas H. Green (2012)
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental

Gary D. Hailey (2009)
  • Advertising Law

W. Warren Hamel (2015)
  • Criminal Defense - White Collar
  • Government Relations Practice

James J. Hanks, Jr. (2006)
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Mark B. Harrison (2010)
  • Technology Law

Marta D. Harting (2006)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy Law

Adam R. Hess (2006)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law

Kenneth R. Hoffman (2006)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Robert A. Hoffman (2011)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Todd J. Horn (2009)
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Philip M. Horowitz (1993)
  • Real Estate Law

Stuart P. Ingis (2015)
  • Advertising Law

Thora A. Johnson (2016)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Jeffrey D. Knowles (2012)
  • Advertising Law

Sharon A. Kroupa (2012)
  • Corporate Governance Law

Thomas M. Lingan (2011)
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

Michael B. Luftman (2013)
  • Trusts and Estates

Michael B. MacWilliams (2013)
  • Commercial Litigation

Christopher R. Mellott (2015)
  • Commercial Litigation

Thomas E. D. Millspaugh (2008)
  • Real Estate Law

Mitchell Y. Mirviss (2013)
  • Appellate Practice

Keith A. Mong (2013)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Charles J. Morton, Jr. (2010)
  • Corporate Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Technology Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Amy Ralph Mudge (2015)
  • Advertising Law

Michelle Mulrooney (2016)
  • Trusts and Estates

Jeanne L. Newlon (2008)
  • Trusts and Estates

Brian J. O'Connor (2006)
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law

Gregory J. Ossi (2014)
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Bruce R. Parker (2010)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Jennifer A. Pratt (2013)
  • Tax Law

Maria E. Rodriguez (2013)
  • Commercial Litigation

Jeffrey S. Sabin (2012)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Michael A. Sartori (2008)
  • Technology Law

Michael D. Schiffer (2013)
  • Corporate Law

Joseph C. Schmelter (2013)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Brian L. Schwalb (2010)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax

A. Christopher Sega (2006)
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Randal M. Shaheen (2014)
  • Advertising Law

Ralph E. Sharpe (2015)
  • Banking and Finance Law

James L. Shea (1995)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Kevin L. Shepherd (2006)
  • Real Estate Law

David S. Smith (2013)
  • Labor Law - Management

Eric R. Smith (2013)
  • Corporate Law

Judson W. Starr (2001)
  • Criminal Defense - White Collar
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental

Margaret N. Strand (2006)
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental

John R. Stierhoff (2016)
  • Government Relations Practice

Paul F. Strain (2006)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Ronald W. Taylor (2006)
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum (2012)
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law

Craig A. Thompson (2013)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Kenneth L. Thompson (2007)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Stacie E. Tobin (2013)
  • Commercial Litigation

Stefan F. Tucker (1987)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Michael J. Volpe (2016)
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Robert L. Waldman (2007)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Tax Law

William L. Walsh Jr. (2015)
  • Corporate Governance Law

Thomas D. Washburne, Jr. (2006)
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Richard L. Wasserman (1995)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

G. Stewart Webb, Jr. (2014)
  • Commercial Litigation

Edward L. Wender (2010)
  • Real Estate Law

James D. Wright (1993)
  • Real Estate Law

Brian M. Zimmet (2015)
  • Energy Law

Armand J. Zottola (2014)
  • Technology Law

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