September 09, 1999

Venable and Tucker Flyer Announce Merger

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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 1999 - Benjamin Civiletti, chairman of Venable, and Stefan F. Tucker, co-founder of Tucker Flyer PC, today announced the two law firms will combine their premier business practices to provide clients with a deeper bench of services.

This decision positions the combined firm for significant gains in the region. "Given our size, we actively sought to increase our ability to enhance and sustain client growth and provide depth both inside and outside of our main practice areas. Our clients will benefit from partnering with a firm of substantial capabilities in securities, telecommunications, health care, antitrust and trade regulation, employment, government contracts, and legislative and federal regulatory practice," says Stef Tucker. "Venable is the firm of choice for any company--start-up, growth or established," continues Mr. Tucker.

"We are ecstatic over the merger," says James Shea, managing partner of Venable. According to Mr. Shea, the firms decided to combine for a variety of reasons, including client service and compatibility. "Our decision was energized by the two firms' shared vision, goals, community service commitment, and culture. The talent and reputation of Tucker Flyer, when combined with our broader network of attorneys and clients, strengthens our combined presence beyond what either firm could achieve on its own." Adds Tucker Flyer co-founder Michael Flyer, "Our firms are now greater than the sum of their parts."

Since Mr. Civiletti rejoined Venable after serving as Attorney General of the United States, its Washington, D.C. office has grown substantially. With this merger, Venable will have over 350 attorneys, making the combined firm one of the largest law firms in the fastest growing business market in the country. "Combined, Venable and Tucker Flyer are a truly exceptional firm, one that is rooted in the highest standards of professional service to our clients," continues Mr. Civiletti.

"During our initial discussions we were struck by how Venable's values mirror our own. The combined firm should appeal to many lawyers who value serving clients in a caring and profitable environment," adds Robert Gottlieb of Tucker Flyer.

Venable, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is one of the nation's leading law firms with offices throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Venable actively supports the area's technology industry and is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, a partner with the High Technology Council of Maryland, and an original member of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

Tucker Flyer, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is the District of Columbia Bar Association's 1998 Quality of Life Award recipient, has preeminent business, tax, real estate, corporate, estate planning, technology, and intellectual property practices in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

The combination becomes effective on January 1, 2000. The two firms are already working together to integrate and expect a seamless transition.

One of the American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia.