Washington, DC/Baltimore (August 25, 2008)— Representing a cross-section of the firm’s practice groups, Fifty-nine 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 almost 60 Venable attorneys from all across the firm in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers demonstrates Venable’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the nation’s smartest and most client-oriented attorneys,” said Venable Chairman James L. Shea. “This recognition reinforces our reputation for a commitment to excellence and success achieving it.”

Venable attorneys featured in the 2009 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 N. Baskin, Labor and Employment Law
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 (20)
Bryson L. Cook, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Tax Law (10)
William D. Coston, Intellectual Property Law (*)  
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
Gary D. Hailey, Advertising Law (*)
James J. Hanks, Jr., Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Peter E. Heyward, Banking Law (*)
Kenneth R. Hoffman, Employee Benefits Law
Todd J. Horn, Labor and Employment 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
Thomas J. Kelly, Jr., Environmental 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 L. Shepherd, Real Estate Law
Serena G. Simons, Employee Benefits Law
Robert G. Smith, Environmental Law (20)
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, 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 2009 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.


One of 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.