Washington, DC/Baltimore (September 12, 2007)— Representing a cross-section of the firm’s practice groups, Fifty-five attorneys from Venable LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, an annual legal rankings guide published by Woodward/White, Inc. 

Considered one of the leading lawyer-rating publications in the United States, Best Lawyers gleans its annual rankings from interviews with more than 12,000 attorneys throughout the country who candidly evaluate the legal abilities of peers in their field of practice.

“The inclusion of more than 50 Venable attorneys from all across the firm in the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers holds special value because Venable prides itself on recruiting and retaining the nation’s smartest and most client-oriented attorneys,” said Venable Chairman James L. Shea.  “This level of recognition demonstrates that our peers and competitors recognize both our commitment to excellence and our success achieving it.”

Venable attorneys featured in the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers include:

David G. Adams, FDA Law
Robert G. Ames, Labor and Employment Law
James K. Archibald, Commercial Litigation
Jeffrey P. Ayres, Labor and Employment Law
Michael J. Baader, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Constance H. Baker, Health Care Law (10)
Maurice Baskin, Labor and Employment Law (*)
Carol Elder Bruce, Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Walter R. Calvert, Tax Law
Wallace E. Christner, Corporate Governance & Compliance Law
Benjamin R. Civiletti, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense (10)
Bryson L. Cook, Business Transactions (10)
James E. Cumbie, Public Finance Law (*)
William D. Dolan III, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Thomas W. France, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (*)
Stephen K. Gallagher, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Lawrence H. Gesner, Real Estate Law
Ronald R. Glancz, Banking Law (*)
Jeffrey K. Gonya, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
Robert G. Gottlieb, Real Estate Law
James E. Gray, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation
Jan K. Guben, Real Estate Law
James J. Hanks, Jr., Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Kenneth R. Hoffman, Employee Benefits Law
Philip M. Horowitz, Real Estate Law (10)
Elizabeth R. Hughes, Corporate Law
George W. Johnston, Labor and Employment Law (10)
Lawrence A. Katz, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Paul F. Kemp, White-Collar Criminal Defense
A. Wayne Lalle, Jr., Construction Law
Jeanne L. Newlon, Trusts and Estates (*)
Brian J. O'Connor, Tax Law
Peter P. Parvis, Health Care Law (10)
Julie A. Petruzzelli, Technology Law (*)
Jeffrey J. Radowich, Trusts and Estates (10)
Russell Ronald Reno, Jr., Real Estate Law (20)
David E. Rice, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Michael A. Sartori, Ph.D., Technology Law (*)
Michael Schatzow, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense
Barbara E. Schlaff, Employee Benefits Law
A. Christopher Sega, Trusts and Estates
James L. Shea, Commercial Litigation (10)
Kevin Shepherd, Real Estate Law
Serena G. Simons, Employee Benefits Law (*)
Robert G. Smith, Environmental Law (10)
Judson W. Starr, Environmental Law and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Paul F. Strain, Commercial Litigation
Margaret N. Strand, Environmental Law
Ronald W. Taylor, Labor and Employment Law
Stefan F. Tucker,Real Estate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates (20)
Martha Jo Wagner, Employee Benefits Law (*)
Robert L. Waldman, Employee Benefits Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law
Thomas D. Washburne, Jr., Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Richard L. Wasserman, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (10)
James D. Wright, Real Estate Law (10)

Listing Key:

(*) denotes that 2008 is the first year an attorney has been ranked by Best Lawyers.
(10) denotes that an attorney has been listed in Best Lawyers for 10 or more years.
(20) denotes that an attorney has been listed in Best Lawyers for 20 or more years.