Venable Announces Opening of San Francisco Office with Veteran Bay Area Attorneys

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San Francisco, CA (October 9, 2013) – Venable LLP, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected law firms, announced today that it has opened a second West Coast office in San Francisco.  Currently, the firm has offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Tysons Corner, VA; Wilmington, DE; and Los Angeles, CA.  The San Francisco office will serve the needs of the firm’s Northern California client base and other clients’ needs throughout the Bay Area.

An AmLaw Global 100 firm with more than 600 lawyers, Venable is well-known for its Legislative and Regulatory; Privacy and Data Protection; Technology Transactions and Outsourcing; Venture Capital and Finance; Litigation; Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate; Labor & Employment; Intellectual Property; Antitrust; and Advertising and Marketing practices.  The firm consistently receives top honors from Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Best Lawyers-Best Law Firms.

Thomas E. Wallerstein, partner and a well-known Bay Area commercial litigator, whose practice focuses on high-stakes commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation, joins the newly opened Bay Area office with a team of associates. 

Mr. Wallerstein joins a group of Venable partners, led by Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office, James E. Nelson, a leading technology transactions and outsourcing attorney in the firm’s Corporate practice, Arthur E. Cirulnick, in the firm’s Corporate practice, and Michelle Ontiveros Gross, also a technology transactions and outsourcing attorney in the firm’s Corporate practice.

In making the announcement, Venable Chairman, James L. Shea, described the reasons for the firm’s expansion.  “Through our legislative and regulatory practice, we are uniquely well-positioned to provide timely insight into, and dialog with officials involved in, the inner workings of the federal government, which is particularly relevant to burgeoning Bay Area industries and clients.”

“We will continue to offer top-flight regulatory and legislative advice to small, medium and large companies in the region who are increasingly encountering scrutiny from Washington, DC.  We also have a strong intellectual property group, which we believe will also be of value to clients in the Bay Area.  We can provide these services along with and in the context of business transactions, enforcement actions and litigation, which we currently regularly handle,” Shea added.

Venable’s San Francisco office will be located at One Market Street; Spear Tower – 40th Floor. Tel - 1.888. VENABLE or


Note: Venable is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm serving clients globally.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia, Venable LLP lawyers and legislative advisors serve the needs of our domestic and global clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and government affairs around the globe.