76 attorneys and 29 practice group rankings at state and national level

Washington, DC – May 19, 2015 – Today, Chambers USA released its annual list of law firm and attorney rankings in the United States. This year, a record tying 76 Venable attorneys and 29 practice groups were ranked at the state and national level. This is Chambers USA's thirteenth annual survey covering America's leading attorneys identified as the best in their fields by their peers and clients.

For the second consecutive year, partner James J. Hanks, Jr. was named a Star Individual for Nationwide REITs: Maryland Counsel, Chambers’ highest ranking indicating exceptional recommendations. Mr. Hanks is the only attorney in the country to receive such a ranking in this category.

Among other highlights in this year's rankings were 10 attorneys – Jennifer J. Bruton, Gregory A. Cross, Alan J. Epstein, Patrick W. Lincoln, Elizabeth K. Lowe, Jennifer L. Nassiri, Keith C. Owens, Janet F. Satterthwaite, Lisa A. Tavares and Richard L. Wasserman – ranked for the first time by Chambers USA. Five attorneys – Steven A. Adducci, Nora E. Garrote, Robert G. GottliebCharles J. Morton, Jr. and Paul F. Strain – saw their rankings improve compared to last year. Additionally the firm added two practice group rankings for National Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation) and California Tax.

Twelve attorneys achieved Band 1 rankings this year including:

Jeffrey P. Ayres – Maryland – Labor & Employment 
Bryson L. Cook – Maryland – Corporate/M&A 
Ronald R. Glancz – Nationwide – Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) 
Robert G. Gottlieb – District of Columbia – Real Estate 
James J. Hanks, Jr. – Maryland – Corporate/M&A 
Kenneth R. Hoffman – Maryland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
Todd J. Horn – Maryland – Labor & Employment 
Stuart P. Ingis – Nationwide – Privacy & Data Security 
Sharon A. Kroupa – Nationwide – REITs: Maryland Counsel 
Kevin L. Shepherd – Maryland – Real Estate 
Judson W. Starr – District of Columbia – Environment
Richard L. Wasserman - Maryland - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Venable practices ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA include:

Capital Markets: REITs: Maryland Counsel – Nationwide
Corporate/M&A – Maryland
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – Maryland
Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution – District of Columbia
Real Estate – District of Columbia
Real Estate – Maryland

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.

The complete list of ranked attorneys and practice groups is below.

Advertising: Litigation

Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory

  • Jeffrey D. Knowles
  • Amy Ralph Mudge

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)

  • John B. Beaty
  • Ronald R. Glancz
  • Ralph E. Sharpe

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)

  • Ronald R. Glancz
  • Ralph E. Sharpe

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)

Government: Government Contracts

Leisure & Hospitality

  • Courtney G. Capute

Privacy & Data Security

Product Liability & Mass Torts

  • Stephen E. Marshall (also ranked in Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
  • Bruce R. Parker (also ranked in Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
  • Paul F. Strain (also ranked in Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)

REITs: Maryland Counsel

Ashley W. Craig (Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York))
David G. Dickman (Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York))
Angel A. Garganta (Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation)
Ronald M. Jacobs (Government: Political Law)
Elizabeth K. Lowe (Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York))
Lindsay B. Meyer (International Trade: Customs)
Lawrence H. Norton (Government: Political Law)
Jeffrey S Sabin (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)


  • Alan J. Epstein
  • Michele M. Mulrooney (Tax: Estate Planning)

Jennifer L Nassiri (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
Keith C. Owens (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
Hamid R. Rafatjoo (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

District of Columbia
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Intellectual Property: Litigation

  • William D. Coston

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution

  • Michael A. Sartori

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

  • Mark B. Harrison
  • Janet F. Satterthwaite

Real Estate

Technology & Outsourcing


Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

  • James E. Gray
  • James L. Shea
  • Paul F. Strain

Real Estate

Gregory A. Cross (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
Richard L. Wasserman (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

New York
Technology & Outsourcing

Edward P. Boyle (Litigation: General Commercial)
Jeffrey S Sabin (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Corporate/M&A – Northern Virginia

Labor & Employment

  • David S. Smith

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate – Northern Virginia


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