In June 2015, the National Law Journal published Trailblazers: Regulatory & Compliance that profiled several attorneys who have made a difference navigating the complex and constantly changing field of regulatory and compliance law. Among those profiled this year were Venable partners Stuart P. Ingis and Jeffrey D. Knowles.
In its profile of Ingis, National Law Journal noted that while in law school he "worked as a legal aide to help with a project that helped fund internet connectivity in Bosnia after the war." After working on his first FTC privacy investigation in 1997 and 1998, he represented several groups on do-not-call regulations. "We won a case showing that the FTC did not have jurisdiction, and Congress immediately passed a law giving it authority." An advocate of industry self-regulation, Ingis helped found the Digital Advertising Alliance. "Our tiny blue chevron 'advertising options' icon takes users to the rules. I drew that on the back of a napkin." Speaking about future explorations, Ingis said, "We are still at the beginning of the convergence of data, advertising, marketing and consumer interactions. I expect that the law will continue to be shaped by regulatory and enforcement trends, such as how it will play out in a global environment, industry standards and state regulations."
After joining Venable in 1984, Knowles became a protégé of former firm Chair Ben Civiletti. "We worked on a number of FCPA cases and major government investigations," said Knowles. In 1990, "after two years of congressional hearings and threats of shutting down the nascent direct response television industry, I founded the National Infomercial Marketing Association to stave off drastic legislation and growing regulatory pressure from the FTC." That same year, Knowles launched Venable's nationally recognized Advertising Practice, which is currently "the largest in the country." On future explorations, Knowles said consumer protection would be a major focus. "It's a broad, bipartisan issue both on Capitol Hill and in the states that underscore the importance of legal compliance and effective industry self-regulation."