In an interview with the Daily Journal on October 10, 2013 Nelson said Venable’s goal is to create a full-service office but will begin by pushing the firm’s substantial presence in Washington, DC and significant experience dealing with privacy matters. Intellectual property will also be an early hallmark of the office according to Nelson.
In the same interview, Wallerstein said he specializes in “employee mobility litigation” which includes wrongful termination, noncompete agreements, intellectual property and trade secret issues. He said he joined Venable to be part of a full-service firm and expects to be deeply involved in business development with local clients. “The whole reason for my move was to have that cross-selling ability,” Wallerstein added. Partner Doug Emhoff said “Wallerstein got on the firm's radar because of his connection to a partner in the New York office with whom he went to law school.”
News of Venable’s new office was also featured in Bloomberg and the Potomac Tech Wire newsletter on October 10.