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Baltimore, MD (April 19, 2013) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that partner Ralph S. Tyler is the 2013 recipient of the J. Joseph Curran Public Service Award for Distinguished Government/Public Interest Lawyers. Named after the longest serving elected Attorney General in Maryland’s history and presented by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Curran Award recognizes either a government or public interest lawyer who selflessly serves the public good and furthers the goals of better government and societal standards.

In a statement on its website announcing Mr. Tyler as the 2013 Curran Award recipient, the Maryland Bar Foundation said he “has had a distinguished career in public service at the local, state and national levels,” Mr. Tyler was also praised for demonstrating “a strong and lasting commitment to pro bono legal services and similar activities.”

A partner in Venable’s Litigation and Government Divisions, Mr. Tyler is a widely-respected attorney with a varied career spanning more than 40 years in private practice and government service. His practice focuses on state and federal regulatory issues and civil litigation, including appeals. He has held several high ranking positions in the local, state, and federal governments, most recently as Chief Counsel of the United States Food and Drug Administration, and previously as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Chief Legal Counsel to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Deputy Attorney General, and Baltimore City Solicitor.

Established in 1965, the Maryland Bar Foundation is a nonprofit charitable corporation dedicated to fostering and maintaining the honor and integrity of the profession of the law, improving and facilitating the administration of justice, and promoting the study of the law and the continuing education of attorneys.


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