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BALTIMORE, Md. – August 15, 2016 – Gueter Aurelien, an associate in Venable's Corporate Practice Group, has been selected for inclusion into The National Black Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40 organization, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in The National Black Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40 is invitation-only and is limited to the top 40 black attorneys under the age of 40 from each state or region who have demonstrated excellence in their legal practice. The selection process included peer nominations combined with third party research. Ms. Aurelien’s selection is in recognition of her superior leadership, reputation, influence, and performance in her legal practice.

"Gueter truly deserves this distinguished honor, and we are very proud of her hard work and dedication," said Charles Morton, Jr., Co-chair of Venable's Corporate Practice Group. "She has a very promising career ahead of her, and we expect only great things from her in the future."

Lawrence Gesner, Co-Managing Partner of Venable said, "The National Black Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40 is a prestigious organization, and we thank them for honoring one of our very own lawyers. Gueter is well-deserving of this recognition."

Ms. Aurelien's practice focuses on a wide range of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, commercial loan transactions, corporate governance, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and general business law matters. She has represented issuers in multiple stock and debt offering, including initial public offerings and other financial transactions. She also represents community development entities and lenders in connection with New Markets Tax Credit financing transactions. Ms. Aurelien serves on the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore – a nonprofit that helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Ms. Aurelien earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, her M.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and her B.A. from Columbia University. She is of Haitian descent and a former scholarship recipient of the Haitian Lawyer's Association ("HLA"). She has devoted many years developing community projects in Haiti and in Miami that have impacted the lives of many people.

The National Black Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40 is a professional honorary organization composed of the Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers from each state who serve individuals, families, and businesses needing attorneys to represent them in the American legal system. The organization provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and also aims to provide essential legal news, information, and continuing education to black lawyers across the United States.

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