76 individual attorneys ranked in 81 categories, 29 practice groups ranked

Washington, DC (February 7, 2013) – Chambers USA has released its annual preliminary rankings of attorneys in the United States and a record 76 Venable attorneys have received placements in 81 categories in the upcoming edition. Venable also has 29 practices ranked at the state and national level. This is Chambers USA’s eleventh annual survey covering America’s leading lawyers identified as the best in their fields by their peers and clients.

Venable saw a marked increase compared to last year with 17 new attorneys ranked, nine ranked nationally. Two practice groups were also ranked for the first time in DC Intellectual Property: Litigation and Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Torts. The complete list of rankings including bands and editorial commentary will be released in May.

“We are proud that Chambers has recognized so many of our talented, hard working attorneys and practice groups for their quality work,” said Venable Vice-Chair Brian Schwalb. “Particularly given that Chambers relies heavily on client feedback in publishing its rankings, we are very grateful to our clients for their continued support.  Venable’s commitment to meeting our clients’ needs is what drives everyone here at Venable and it is the clients’ opinion that, at the end of the day, matters most.”

Chambers and Partners notes that it conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients.  The process, which extends over several months, includes written submissions, personal interviews, client feedback and peer assessment.

Venable attorneys and practice groups ranked in the 2013 Chambers USA guide include:


Advertising: Litigation

Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory

Capital Markets: REITs: Maryland Counsel

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)

  • Ronald R. Glancz
  • Ralph E. Sharpe

Government: Government Contracts

Leisure & Hospitality

  • Courtney G. Capute

Privacy & Data Security

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Ashley W. Craig: Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)

David G. Dickman: Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)

Suzanne Fay Garwood: Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)

James J. Hanks, Jr.: Capital Markets: REITs

Ronald M. Jacobs: Government: Political Law

Sharon A. Kroupa: Capital Markets: REITs

Patricia McGowan: Capital Markets: REITs

Lindsay B. Meyer: International Trade: Customs

Lawrence H. Norton: Government: Political Law


Jan Lawrence Handzlik: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Hamid R. Rafatjoo: Bankruptcy/Restructuring

District of Columbia

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Intellectual Property: Litigation

  • William D. Coston

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution

  • Michael A. Sartori

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

Real Estate

Technology & Outsourcing



Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


  • Constance H. Baker
  • Peter P. Parvis
  • Davis V.R. Sherman

Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate

New York

Technology & Outsourcing


Corporate/M&A – Northern Virginia

Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

  • William D. Dolan, III: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • David W. Goewey
  • Michael W. Robinson

Real Estate – Northern Virginia