69 attorneys and record setting 32 practice group rankings at national and state levels; Product Liability and Mass Torts practice wins coveted Client Service Award

Washington, DC – May 27, 2016 – Today, Chambers USA released its annual list of law firm and attorney rankings in the United States. This year, 69 Venable attorneys and a record setting 32 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.

Chambers USA recognized Venable's national Product Liability and Mass Torts practice with its coveted Client Service Award. According to Chambers, "Client Service awards go to firms who have been consistently singled out by clients during the course of our research for the quality and range of their client service." Only a select few firms are recognized each year with this award.

For the third 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 the additions Craig A. Thompson and Michael D. Schiffer who were both ranked for the first time. Eight attorneys – Allison D. Foley, Ronald R. Glancz, Thora A. Johnson, Stephen E. Marshall, Amy Ralph Mudge, Christopher W. Pate, Richard E. Powers, Jr., and Paul F. Strain – saw their individual rankings increase. Additionally the firm was also recognized for the first time in three new practice areas – Nationwide Political Law, Nationwide Retail, and Maryland Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

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 
Thora A. Johnson – Maryland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
Sharon A. Kroupa – Nationwide – REITs: Maryland Counsel 
Kevin L. Shepherd – Maryland – Real Estate 
Richard L. Wasserman - Maryland - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Venable practices ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA include:

Corporate/M&A – Maryland
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – Maryland
Real Estate – District of Columbia
Real Estate – Maryland
REITs: Maryland Counsel – Nationwide

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)

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)

  • Ronald R. Glancz
  • Ralph E. Sharpe

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)

Government Contracts

Leisure & Hospitality

  • Courtney G. Capute

Political Law

Privacy & Data Security

Product Liability & Mass Torts

REITs: Maryland Counsel


Ashley W. Craig (Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory) 
Angel A. Garganta (Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation) 
Lindsay B. Meyer (International Trade: Customs) 
Jeffrey S Sabin (Bankruptcy/Restructuring) 
Douglas L. Siegler (Wealth Management: Eastern Region)



  • 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

Real Estate

Technology & Outsourcing




Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate

New York

Technology & Outsourcing

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


Labor & Employment

Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate – Northern Virginia

Joseph C. Schmelter (Corporate/M&A)