Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., magna cum laude, George Washington University Law School, 1977
    Order of the Coif
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard College, 1974
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Jeffrey P. Ayres


Jeff Ayres concentrates his practice in the area of complex civil litigation, focusing upon labor and employment law, civil rights cases, and ERISA, as well as state tort and contract matters, and discrimination issues. Industries in which he has represented clients include high technology/science, education, banking and finance, and health care. He is Co-Chair of Venable's Ethics Committee.

Jeff's success over the years is built not only on his record of victories but, equally important, on his dedication to his clients' interests. His excellent rapport with a client stems from his ability to translate complex legal points into plain English appropriate to each client’s needs.

Representative Clients

W.R. Grace & Co., Mile One Automotive, and Citizens Nursing Home of Harford County.


Jeff actively participates in many civic, charitable, educational, and church-related functions. He regularly holds high level positions of authority on boards and committees and is committed to high ethical and performance standards in all his undertakings. Currently, he is Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, as well as a Trustee of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. He also is on the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.