May 03, 2018

Chambers USA Releases 2018 Rankings of Venable Attorneys and Practices

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58 attorneys and 24 practice groups ranked at the state and national levels

Washington, DC (May 3, 2018) – Chambers USA has released its 2018 list of law firm and attorney rankings in the United States. This year, 58 Venable attorneys and 24 practice groups were ranked at the state and national levels. This is Chambers USA's fifteenth annual survey covering America's leading attorneys identified as the best in their field by their peers and clients.

Thirteen 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
Robert Hoffman – Maryland – Real Estate: Land Use
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
Amy Ralph Mudge – Nationwide – Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory
Kevin L. Shepherd – Maryland – Real Estate
Ronald W. Taylor – Maryland – Labor & Employment

Venable practices ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA include:

Corporate/M&A – Maryland
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – Maryland
REITs: Maryland Counsel – Nationwide

The following is a complete list of ranked Venable attorneys and practice groups.

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

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

Leisure & Hospitality
- Courtney G. Capute

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. (Star Individual)
- 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)
David Strickland (Transportation: Road - Carriage/Commercial) (Recognized Practitioner)

- Keith C. Owens (Recognized Practitioner)

Alan J. Epstein (Tax)

- Douglas H. Green

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution
- Michael A. Sartori

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
- Mark B. Harrison
- Rebecca Liebowitz (Up and Comer)
- Andrew D. Price

Real Estate
- Robert G. Gottlieb
- Philip M. Horowitz
- Stefan F. Tucker (Senior Statesmen)

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

William D. Coston (Intellectual Property: Litigation)

- Gregory A. Cross

- Bryson L. Cook (Senior Statesmen)
- James J. Hanks, Jr.
- Sharon A. Kroupa
- 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
- Paul F. Strain
- G. Stewart Webb, Jr. (Recognized Practitioner)

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

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

Litigation: General Commercial
- Michael W. Robinson

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


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