Washington, DC (April 26, 2019) – Chambers USA has released its 2019 list of law firm and attorney rankings in the United States. This year, 58 Venable attorneys and 21 practice groups were ranked at the state and national levels. This is Chambers USA's sixteenth annual survey covering America's leading attorneys identified as the best in their field by their peers and clients.

Two attorneys achieved Eminent Practitioner rankings this year:

  • Stuart P. Ingis – Nationwide – Privacy & Data Security 
  • James L. Shea – Maryland – Litigation: General Commercial

Four attorneys achieved Senior Statespeople rankings this year:

  • Robert L. Baechtold – New York – Intellectual Property: Patent
  • Bryson L. Cook – Maryland – Corporate/M&A
  • James J. Hanks, Jr. – Maryland – Corporate/M&A 
  • Stefan F. Tucker – District of Columbia – Real Estate

Eleven 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
  • Kenneth R. Hoffman – Maryland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • Robert Hoffman – Maryland – Real Estate: Land Use
  • Todd J. Horn – Maryland – Labor & Employment 
  • Thora A. Johnson – Maryland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • Sharon A. Kroupa – Nationwide – REITs: Maryland Counsel 
  • Mark L. Pryor – Nationwide – Government Relations: State Attorneys General
  • 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 list of ranked Venable attorneys and practice groups.


Advertising: Litigation

  • Roger A. Colaizzi

Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory

  • Leonard L. Gordon (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Jeffrey D. Knowles

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)

  • Steven A. Adducci
  • Richard E. Powers, Jr.

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation

  • Angel A. Garganta

Government Contracts

  • Paul A. Debolt
  • J. Scott Hommer, III

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

  • Andrew D. Price

Leisure & Hospitality

  • Courtney G. Capute

Political Law

  • Ronald M. Jacobs

Privacy & Data Security

  • Emilio W. Cividanes

Product Liability & Mass Torts

  • Stephen E. Marshall
  • Bruce R. Parker (Spotlight Table – Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)
  • Craig A. Thompson

REITs: Maryland Counsel

  • James J. Hanks, Jr. (Star Individual)
  • Patricia McGowan
  • Christopher W. Pate
  • Michael D. Schiffer

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

  • Ashley W. Craig 

Transportation: Road (Automotive)

  • David Strickland


Media & Entertainment: Litigation

  • Lee S. Brenner
  • David E. Fink (Recognized Practitioner)


  • Alan J. Epstein

District of Columbia


  • Douglas H. Green

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution

  • Michele Van Patten Frank

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

  • Rebecca Liebowitz (Up and Coming)
  • Linda J. Zirkelbach

Labor & Employment

  • Robert G. Ames

Real Estate

  • Philip M. Horowitz

Technology & Outsourcing

  • Nora E. Garrote
  • William T. Russell



  • Sharon A. Kroupa
  • Charles J. Morton, Jr.
  • Anthony J. Rosso
  • Michael D. Schiffer
  • Thomas D. Washburne, Jr.

Labor & Employment

  • Jeffrey P. Ayres

Litigation: General Commercial

  • G. Stewart Webb, Jr.

New York

Intellectual Property: Patent

  • Dominick A. Conde
  • Michael P. Sandonato

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Edward P. Boyle


Litigation: General Commercial

  • Michael W. Robinson

Real Estate

  • Henry F. Brandenstein, Jr. (Northern Virginia)


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