February 16, 2023

Venable Announces Appointments to Leadership Roles

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Venable LLP is pleased to announce several appointments to leadership roles within the firm:

  • Stacie E. Tobin has been appointed co-chair of the Litigation Division, joining Geoffrey R. Garinther;
  • Gregory A. Cross has been appointed partner-in-charge of the Baltimore office;
  • Charles J. Morton, Jr. has been appointed managing partner of the Baltimore office; and
  • Daniel P. Hoffer has been appointed co-partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office alongside Mitchell Evall. Mr. Evall will transition out of the Los Angeles role at the end of the year in order to focus on his position as partner-in-charge of lateral integration.

“Stacie, Greg, Chuck, and Dan embody Venable's commitment to professional excellence and service to the community and have already established themselves as leaders within the firm and their respective areas of practice,” said Stuart P. Ingis, chairman of Venable. “I’m confident they will enjoy much success in their new roles.”

Ms. Tobin, who previously served as partner-in-charge of the Baltimore office, is a litigator who focuses on commercial and product liability matters. She brings extensive litigation experience spanning a diverse range of matters and has tried dozens of cases to verdict while serving as first-chair counsel or co-counsel before federal and state courts across the United States. She represents companies, manufacturers, and financial services clients as part of her commercial litigation practice. She has also counseled heavy equipment manufacturers, automobile and watercraft manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and tobacco companies in product liability disputes.

Mr. Cross serves on the firm’s board. He leads Venable’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group, as well as the firm’s Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) Practice. Mr. Cross is recognized as one of the country’s foremost commercial real estate and structured finance litigators. He is a leader in the securitization industry, where he frequently lectures on and leads industry initiatives.

Mr. Morton’s past leadership roles outside the firm include chairing the Global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Board of the Technology Corporation of Maryland and serving as the general counsel for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He is active in a range of philanthropic endeavors focused on economic development, education, and the arts. He is celebrated for his abilities in guiding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and financing transactions involving middle-market technology, healthcare, and consumer products companies, including being recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” in six of the past ten years.

Mr. Hoffer, a co-chair of the Commercial Litigation California Practice Group, is an accomplished litigator who focuses on all aspects of employment law, commercial matters, and class action defense. He advises companies and individuals in a wide variety of industries, including media and entertainment, financial services, healthcare, real estate, retail, and communications. He has litigated hundreds of lawsuits in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, such as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


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