Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 11 Venable Attorneys in 2012 Edition

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Venable rated “Highly Recommended” in Maryland

Washington, DC (November 21, 2011) – Venable LLP is proud to announce that 11 attorneys from Maryland and Washington, DC were recognized in the fifth annual edition of Benchmark Litigation, which bills itself as the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.
In Maryland, Benchmark Litigation recognized Venable Chair James L. Shea and partners Geoffrey R. Garinther, James E. Gray, W. Warren Hamel, Christopher R. Mellott, Michael Schatzow and G. Stewart Webb, Jr. as “local litigation stars.” Quoting an unnamed competitor of Mr. Shea’s, the Benchmark Litigation editorial said, "He is a leader of the legal community.” Speaking of Mr. Garinther, a peer told Benchmark Litigation, “He is very polished; a very good trial lawyer.” A peer of Mr. Gray’s also quoted in the Benchmark Litigation editorial said, “Jim Gray is very experienced…. Judges really respect him.” Partners Christina Lee Gaarder and Kathleen S. Hardway were recognized as “future stars” in Maryland. In addition, Benchmark Litigation rated Venable as a “highly recommended” litigation firm in Maryland. Quoting a competitor, the editorial stated, “Venable is top in size, and they do a lot of work in the area.”

Mr. Garinther, who splits his time between Maryland and Washington, DC, received a second recognition as a “local litigation star” in Washington, DC. Partners Caroline Petro Gately and Treazure R. Johnson were also recognized in Washington, DC as “future stars.”

Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading US trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the US litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Supplementary firm information is also submitted in the form of a questionnaire. The guide’s “local litigation stars” reflect lawyers who are recommended by peers and clients to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys, while “future stars” are those litigators who are highlighted as likely to be become “local litigation stars” in coming editions. Benchmark Litigation’s independent research is conducted annually between February and June.


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