60 attorneys and 23 practice groups ranked at the state and national level

Chambers USA has released its 2017 list of law firm and attorney rankings in the United States. This year, 60 Venable attorneys and 23 practice groups were ranked at the state and national level. This is Chambers USA's fourteenth annual survey covering America's leading attorneys identified as the best in their field by their peers and clients.

For the fourth 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 was the addition of Andrew D. Price, who was ranked for the first time. Seven attorneys – Harry I. Atlas, Bryson L. Cook, Gregory A. Cross, Bruce R. Parker, Anthony J. Rosso, James L. Shea, and Ronald W Taylor – saw their rankings increase over last year.  The firm was also shortlisted for the coveted Chambers USA Award for Excellence in the Privacy & Data Security category.

Twelve attorneys achieved Band 1 rankings this year:

Harry I. Atlas – Maryland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Gregory A. Cross – Maryland – Bankruptcy/Restructuring
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
Ronald W. Taylor – Maryland – Labor & Employment
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 
REITs: Maryland Counsel – Nationwide 

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


Advertising: Litigation 
-Roger A. Colaizzi

Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory 
-Jeffrey D. Knowles
-Amy Ralph Mudge

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) 
-Steven A. Adducci
-Richard E. Powers, Jr. 

Government Contracts 
-Paul A. Debolt
-J. Scott Hommer, III 

Leisure & Hospitality 
-Courtney G. Capute 

Political Law 
-Ronald M. Jacobs
-Lawrence H. Norton 

Privacy & Data Security 
-Emilio W. Cividanes
-Stuart P. Ingis 

Product Liability & Mass Torts 
-Stephen E. Marshall (Spotlight Table – Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
-Bruce R. Parker (Spotlight Table – Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
-Paul F. Strain (Spotlight Table – Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
-Craig A. Thompson 

REITs: Maryland Counsel 
-James J. Hanks, Jr.
-Sharon A. Kroupa
-Patricia McGowan
-Christopher W. Pate 


John B. Beaty (Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance))
Ashley W. Craig (Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory) 
Angel A. Garganta (Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation) 
Jeffrey S. Sabin (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)  


Alan J. Epstein (Tax)
Jennifer L. Nassiri (Bankruptcy/Restructuring) 
James E. Nelson (IT & Outsourcing: Outsourcing)
Hamid R. Rafatjoo (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)  


-Allison D. Foley
-Douglas H. Green 

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution 
-Michael A. Sartori

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets 
-Mark B. Harrison
-Andrew D. Price

Real Estate 
-Robert G. Gottlieb
-Philip M. Horowitz
-Stefan F. Tucker 

Technology & Outsourcing 
-Nora E. Garrote
-William T. Russell 

William D. Coston (Intellectual Property: Litigation)


-Gregory A. Cross
-Richard L. Wasserman 

-Bryson L. Cook
-James J. Hanks, Jr.
-Patricia McGowan
-Charles J. Morton, Jr.
-Anthony J. Rosso
-Michael D. Schiffer
-Thomas D. Washburne, Jr. 

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
-Harry I. Atlas
-Kenneth R. Hoffman
-Thora A. Johnson 


Labor & Employment 
-Robert G. Ames
-Jeffrey P. Ayres
-Todd J. Horn
-Ronald W. Taylor 

Litigation: General Commercial 
-James L. Shea
-Paul F. Strain 

Real Estate 
-Robert A. Hoffman (Real Estate: Land Use)
-Kevin L. Shepherd 


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


Litigation: General Commercial 
-Michael W. Robinson 

Henry F. Brandenstein, Jr. (Real Estate – Northern Virginia)
Joseph C. Schmelter (Corporate/M&A) 


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals.  With over 600 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines.