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Baltimore, MD, (November 2, 2011) – Ralph S. Tyler, most recently Chief Counsel of the Food and Drug Administration and former Insurance Commissioner of the State of Maryland has joined Venable.  He will work out of both the Baltimore and Washington, DC offices.

Mr. Tyler, whose career spans more than thirty five years in the practice of law, mostly in Maryland, will be part of the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory Divisions.  He is well known within the firm.  "I look forward to the opportunity of practicing law with the lawyers at Venable, many of whom I have known and admired for years," Mr. Tyler said.

Prior to his position as Maryland’s Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Tyler served as Chief Legal Counsel to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and as Baltimore City Solicitor. He was a partner in the international law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) and prior to that, he served in the Maryland Attorney General’s office holding the titles of Deputy Attorney General, Chief of Litigation and Assistant Attorney General.

Mr. Tyler holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and a LL.M. from Harvard University.

In welcoming Ralph to the firm, Chairman, Jim Shea, said, “We are delighted that Ralph has chosen to join Venable.  For years, we have admired both his skills and his commitment to the State of Maryland.  Ralph will be an enormous asset to our firm and for our clients. He brings cutting edge knowledge of the regulatory climate in Washington and a superb resume as both a litigator and a thought leader.  Welcome to Venable, Ralph.”

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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.