14 Venable Lawyers Named to Washingtonian Magazine’s 2007 List of D.C.-Area’s Top Attorneys

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Senior partner and former Attorney General Ben Civiletti included on short list of Washington "Wise Ones"; litigator Carol Elder Bruce among magazine's 30 "Big Gun" stand-outs; other Venable attorneys cited for work in employment, tax, real estate, trusts-estates, bankruptcy, trials and environment


WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2007) - Washingtonian magazine has once again unveiled its highly regarded rankings of the Capital's top legal talent in its just published December issue. This year, Venable LLP made one of its best ever showings in the rankings with 14 attorneys named to the list.

This is the fifth time that the magazine has produced a top lawyers issue, based on a peer-review survey of 1,000 or so attorneys practicing around the District. Respondents were asked to identify "whom they would hire to represent them" in a range of practice specialties. The top-rated 800 represent what Washingtonian estimates is an elite one percent of the approximately 80,000 attorneys working in private practice in and around the nation's capital.

Venable attorneys highlighted in the magazine's break-down of The Top 800 include:

  • Benjamin Civiletti - named among an august group of Washington's "Wise Ones"
  • Paul Kemp - chosen among the District's top-tier trial lawyers
  • Linda Jackson - on the short list of D.C.'s leading employment defense attorneys
  • Susan Edlavitch and Stefan Tucker - Washingtonian's choice for tops in tax law, "Greetings from the IRS"
  • A. Everett Hoeg - among the city's best trusts & estates and wealth management practitioners
  • Judson Starr and Margaret Strand - for environmental matters, especially environmental defense counsel
  • Robert Wilkins - education-related regulatory work
  • Robert Gottlieb, Jan Guben and Philip Horowitz - named among best in real estate and land use law
  • Lawrence Katz - included in tops for bankruptcy

Taking special honors was Venable litigator Carol Elder Bruce, ranked eighth among Washingtonian's "Big Guns" - 30 stand-out private practitioners chosen as "the very best" from a larger group of some 800 selected lawyers.

Ms. Bruce was cited for her prowess as a courtroom defender in high-profile criminal cases - a track record honed from her prior career as a successful federal prosecutor under four U.S. Attorneys and her previous service as an Independent Counsel in the investigation of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. In addition to handling tough white collar assignments, Ms. Bruce was recognized for her civil litigation work, including a 2004 injunction she won on behalf of a class of some 3,000 D.C. college students challenging local arrests for underage possession of alcohol.

"It's a privilege to represent Venable among Washingtonian's Top 30, and very humbling to be named alongside such an amazing group of legal All Stars that includes many of the most renowned lawyers in town, if not the nation," Ms. Bruce said.

"It's always a great honor to be recognized by your peers, especially in a legal market as crowded and competitive as Washington," said Venable Managing Partner, Karl Racine. "We congratulate Ben, Carol and our other attorneys on the list. Thanks to Washingtonian for the well-deserved recognition."

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.