23 Venable Partners Cited Among “Best Lawyers in America” in Bi-Annual Peer-Reviewed Survey

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WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE (December 13, 2004) – Twenty-three Venable LLP attorneys, representing a cross-section of the firm’s practice groups, were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. For 16 of those named, their selection represents 10 straight years of recognition in the bi-annual publication.

Best Lawyers comes as Venable attorneys have been singled out by a number of legal and business publications. The firm recently had partners cited for excellence by Legal Times,Washington Business Journal, and Washingtonian, as well as in the Chambers USA ranking of lawyers and law firms.

Attorneys are selected for The Best Lawyers in America by a survey of 16,000 attorneys throughout the country, who assess the abilities of other lawyers in their specialties.

“It is highly satisfying to see such a strong contingent of our partners represented in the current edition of Best Lawyers,” said James L. Shea, Venable’s managing partner and one of those chosen for the past 10 years. “Besides having the benefit of peer selection, we are especially proud that so many of our attorneys have continued to make the grade for so long, covering five straight editions of the bi-annual directory,” Mr. Shea added.

Here is a list of the Venable attorneys included in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. (Note: an asterisk indicates inclusion for 10 years running):

Constance H. Baker*, health care
David E. Belcher*, real estate
John M. Bredehoft, labor and employment
Carol Elder Bruce, criminal defense
Benjamin R. Civiletti*, business litigation and criminal defense
Bryson L. Cook*, corporate M&A and securities; international trade and finance; tax
William D. Dolan III, business litigation
Philip M. Horowitz*, real estate
George W. Johnston*, labor and employment
Brigid E. Kenney, environmental
David G. Lane, construction law
Alexander I. Lewis III*, trusts & estates
Daniel L. Morgan, employee benefits
Peter P. Parvis*, health care
Jeffrey J. Radowich*, trusts & estates
Russell Ronald Reno, Jr.*, real estate
James L. Shea*, business litigation
Robert G. Smith*, environmental
Judson W. Starr, criminal defense
Gerard Treanor*, business litigation, criminal defense
Stefan F. Tucker*, real estate; tax
Richard L. Wasserman*, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights
James D. Wright*, real estate

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.