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What makes Venable different? For the more than 1500 attorneys and business professionals who work at Venable, there is no one answer. When asked, many mention the firm's collegial culture, where diverse teams of partners, associates, and business professionals work side by side to deliver the highest-quality work product to the firm's clients.

Others cite the pride they take in Venable's distinguished history and how the firm honors tradition while embracing new ideas and methods.

Clients point to the skill, dedication, creativity, and superior service that our legal and business professionals provide.

For many, Venable's commitment to the community sets the firm apart. Venable attorneys and business professionals give thousands of hours of their time and diverse talents, demonstrating that our commitment to service extends beyond our clients. Through hands-on volunteering, pro bono legal representation and contributions to the Venable Foundation, which provides more than $3 million annually to educational, social services, and artistic organizations across the country, Venable employees strive to make their communities a better place to live and work.

Venable affords associates the chance to take on significant responsibility early in their legal careers. In addition, attorneys at all levels are provided with extensive professional development and training opportunities.

Our clients rely on our experience and legal judgment to achieve practical solutions and anticipate potential problems. In order to meet the needs of our clients, we are always looking to add smart, experienced professionals who bring a unique set of skills to our team.

Venable LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To view our equal opportunity policy, please click here.


For Summer Associate and Associate Hiring

Melissa N. Meyer
Director of Associate Recruiting

Washington DC:

Victoria K. Sievers
Senior Manager of Associate Recruiting

Baltimore, Towson and Tysons:

Maria Wintermute
Senior Manager of Associate Recruiting

New York: 

Samantha Gerstein
Senior Manager of Associate Recruiting

Los Angeles and San Francisco:

Kara Barnachea
Senior Manager of Associate Recruiting


Noelle Kellogg
Legal Recruiting Manager

For Paralegal & Analyst Hiring

Maria Wintermute
Senior Manager of Associate Recruiting

For Partner & Counsel Hiring 

Kera M. Wise
Vice President, Legal Personnel & Attorney Recruiting


What is the atmosphere of the firm on a day-to-day basis?

The atmosphere at Venable is encouraging and collegial, as well as challenging and stimulating. We value our friendly, team-oriented work environment, which encourages professional development, good associate-partner relationships, and early client contact. Our firm's friendly atmosphere, coupled with a high level of professionalism, provides an environment that promotes learning and professional satisfaction.

Training and Professional Development

Venable associates receive training and development opportunities that go beyond traditional CLE. Associates of all levels receive guidance about core competencies and expectations as they develop their professional skills. Junior associates prepare for early client interaction through programs focusing on oral communication, writing, networking, and business acumen, while more senior associates are offered programs needed for leadership roles such as management and business development. Associates also enjoy virtually unlimited access to various internal and external legal training programs to keep them up to date on trends and changes in the laws in their practice area and equip them with the skills needed to provide optimal service to their clients.

In addition, every associate has an annual meeting with a designated evaluation partner to discuss not only feedback on performance, but also the professional goals in their personal Career Development Plan. Our Professional Development and Training Department will help identify the right resources—be it training or coaching opportunities—to achieve those goals.

What is your office dress code?

Venable has a "Dress for Your Day" policy. If you will be meeting clients or visitors, business attire is required. For all other occasions, business attire is appropriate, but business casual attire is acceptable.

What are the firm's billable and non-billable hour requirements?

The minimum billable hour target for Venable associates is 1,900 hours, except for associates in the Preceptor Program. (This program includes entry-level associates and associates who were judicial clerks but have not yet practiced law. The billable hour requirement for this group is 1,800 hours for their first year.) All associates are expected to work a combined total of 2,200 hours each year. In addition to billable time, the additional hours may include such activities as professional development, pro bono service, firm committee work, and business development efforts.

What does Venable pay for in connection with taking the bar?

The firm pays for the bar review course, the bar exam fee, and the bar admission fee.

Does Venable hire judicial clerks?

We always consider resumes from judicial clerks. Interested candidates should email their resume and transcripts to the proper legal recruiting contact.

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