November 19, 2001

Venable Expands Association Law Practice With the Addition of George E. Constantine

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Washington, D.C. November 19, 2001 --- Venable today announced that George E. Constantine has joined the firm as an associate in the Association Practice Group. Mr. Constantine previously was the Staff Counsel of the American Society of Association Executives, the 25,000-member national society for trade and professional association executives.

Mr. Constantine joined ASAE in 1995 as the Manager and Associate Director of Government Affairs for the association's 1,500-member Legal Section, which consists of association legal counsel, chief executives, and others. After earning his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1998, he was promoted to Staff Counsel. As the sole staff attorney for ASAE, Mr. Constantine was responsible for the association's legal issues, including contracts, tax, antitrust, software licensing, political activity, and employment law matters. In this capacity, Mr. Constantine gained in-depth experience with the many legal issues facing associations. He also represented ASAE's interests before Congress and federal agencies.

Brock Landry, chair of Venable's Association Group, said, "We are delighted to have George join our firm. He brings extensive knowledge of the legal and government issues facing the association community as well as the practical experience that is so important in providing services to the firm's nonprofit clients."

Mr. Constantine started his career as a writer and editor for the U.S.A.E. newspaper and served as managing editor for over two years. He then worked as a senior editor and Washington correspondent for Meetings News, where he covered legal and legislative issues concerning the meetings and conventions industry. He received his undergraduate degree in Communications from Loyola University in 1989.

Venable has one of the nation's foremost trade association law practices. The firm provides comprehensive legal counsel and advocacy to 250 trade associations, professional societies and philanthropic organizations in areas such as tax, antitrust, litigation, corporate governance, contracts, government relations, intellectual property, standards and certification, employment and benefits, electronic commerce, insurance, fund raising, meeting planning, publishing, and real estate, among others. At Venable, Mr. Constantine joins another ASAE alumnus, Jeff Tenenbaum who previously served as the association's Legal Section Manager and Government Affairs Issues Analyst.

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