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News comes same day as Venable’s record-setting performance in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© with 95 attorneys recognized 49 practice groups


Washington, DC – August 18, 2014 – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named four Venable partners from the firm’s Baltimore, MD, Towson, MD and Washington, DC offices as “Lawyers of the Year.”

The recognized attorneys include James J. Hanks, Jr., Baltimore Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year;" Robert A. Hoffman, Baltimore Litigation - Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year;” Charles J. Morton, Jr., Baltimore Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year;” and Michael A. Sartori, Washington, DC Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

News of this honor comes on the same day Venable announced a record 95 attorneys were recognized in 49 practice groups in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the legal profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The twenty-first edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015) includes over 52,000 attorneys in 137 practice areas, compiled through exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of attorneys by their peers.

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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.