January 05, 2023

Venable Promotes 18 Associates to Counsel

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Venable LLP announced today that it has promoted 18 attorneys to counsel effective January 1, 2023. The new counsels, from Venable's Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Tysons, and Washington, DC offices, represent a broad cross section from the firm's four divisions—Business, Government, Intellectual Property, and Litigation.

Stu Ingis, chairman of Venable, said, "These attorneys continue to progress and advance in their careers by delivering excellent legal work and client service, developing professionally, and upholding the firm’s values. We are proud of all these lawyers and their many contributions to our clients and Venable.”

The following attorneys were promoted to counsel.


Matthew Carruth – Mr. Carruth advises clients on federal and state income tax planning, structuring, and compliance matters. He brings to his practice years of experience as an attorney-advisor at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a senior associate focusing on M&A tax services at a "Big Four" accounting firm, and an attorney handling tax transaction matters and tax controversy matters at his previous law firm.

William B. King – Mr. King focuses his practice on complex business litigation, including breach of contract actions, tort actions, shareholder disputes, and disputes relating to real estate transactions and land development projects. His clients include public and private companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals working across a broad range of industries.

Christopher N. Moran – Mr. Moran is a tax and nonprofit attorney who focuses primarily on nonprofit law, tax planning, and tax controversy. He assists clients with planning significant charitable gifts and setting up new charitable entities. He also has extensive experience with state and local tax compliance, federal and state income tax planning, and tax controversies.

Liz Clark Rinehart – Ms. Rinehart represents clients in complex class action and commercial litigation matters arising from breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of consumer protection statutes, professional licensing, arbitration, employment contracts, and other business torts. She also advises clients in litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Lanham Act, and other Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and state attorney general enforcement matters.

Sarah Louise Scott – Ms. Scott focuses on product liability and mass tort litigation, often involving pharmaceutical products. She has substantive experience in state and federal courts, and in arbitration, managing and coordinating discovery, preparing company witnesses and experts to testify, procuring experts, drafting pre- and post-trial motions, and negotiating discovery disputes.


Andrew J. Donivan – Mr. Donivan's practice has been focused exclusively on construction law for his entire career. He represents owners, design professionals, and contractors in contract negotiations and dispute resolution in connection with projects across the country, including commercial and residential skyscrapers, airports, hotels, schools, hospitals, industrial facilities, environmental remediation sites, and chemical processing facilities.

Los Angeles

Rudolph G. Klapper – Mr. Klapper represents a wide variety of clients with a focus on labor and employment matters. He has significant experience defending employers against a range of employment-related claims, from pre-litigation negotiations to trial and arbitration. He regularly appears before administrative and regulatory agencies and has successfully defended employers against numerous employment-related claims.

Bryan Weintrop – Mr. Weintrop practices complex commercial litigation for companies in the financial services, real estate, and advertising industries, as well as food, drug, and dietary supplement manufacturers. He regularly represents clients in state and federal courts in a wide range of matters, including general business disputes, complex real estate transaction disputes, consumer financial services defense, fair credit and fair lending defense, defamation defense, unfair competition defense, commercial unlawful detainer, and automotive repair regulatory defense.

New York

Katherine Adams – Ms. Adams focuses her practice on patent litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings in the pharmaceutical arts. While in law school, she served as an articles editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and is published there.

Emily Seiderman West – Ms. Seiderman West focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and government investigations. She has experience representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. She addresses a wide array of matters, including complex breach of contract, tort liability, and real property disputes, class actions, and investigations by the SEC.


Christian R. Schreiber – Mr. Schreiber has litigated various types of commercial and government contracts disputes, including breach of contract, tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, Lanham Act and trademark violations, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. Prior to joining Venable, he was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Theresa Carroll Buchanan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

Washington, DC

Christopher L. Boone – Mr. Boone focuses his practice on regulatory issues related to payment processing, blockchain, advertising and marketing, transportation, and telecommunications. He provides counsel on regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, and general business matters. He also regularly assists clients in responding to federal and state investigative inquiries, demands, and complaints.

Michael T. Francel – Mr. Francel focuses on a wide range of issues facing government contractors of all sizes. He assists clients in filing and defending against bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and at the agency level. He also has extensive experience counseling small and large businesses in navigating many aspects of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations.

Christopher Griesedieck, Jr. – Mr. Griesedieck's practice encompasses a wide range of government contract and grant-related matters—such as claims, requests for equitable adjustment, and bid protests—for clients that include large corporations and small and minority-owned companies doing business with defense and civilian agencies.

Karel Mazanec – Mr. Mazanec focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. He works with employers across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, education, construction, financial services, government contractors, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector. He assists clients with a broad range of litigation matters, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblower, and employment contract disputes, under both federal and state laws.

Andrew L. Steinberg – Mr. Steinberg advises nonprofit organizations on their legal matters and sensitive business affairs. Senior management and boards of charities, foundations, trade and professional associations, museums, cultural and religious institutions, and other tax-exempt organizations frequently rely on him as their outside general counsel, and as a go-to resource for discrete projects arising from their operations.

Wes S. Sudduth – Mr. Sudduth assists clients primarily with issues related to international trade and customs, including cross-border regulatory compliance, import and export controls, customs, and transportation. He has assisted on matters before several regulatory authorities, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Brian R. Tengel – Mr. Tengel provides consumer privacy and data security guidance for clients across many industries. He advises on compliance with federal, state, and international laws and regulations, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and state data breach notification laws.


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, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the United States 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. For more information, please visit https://www.venable.com/.