Nearly 200 trial attorneys, including attorneys who formerly served as:

    government prosecutors

    U.S. Attorney General

8 members of the American College of Trial Lawyers


Highly ranked in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial (Maryland; Virginia), 2017

Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011 - 2017

    Tier 1 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (National; Baltimore)

    Tier 1 Commercial Litigation (Baltimore; DC)

    Tier 1 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Baltimore)

    Tier 1 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Baltimore)

Attorneys recognized by:

    Best Lawyers in America

    Chambers USA

    Who's Who Legal

    Baltimore Smart CEO's
    Legal Elite





Class actions

Complex business litigation



First amendment

Healthcare fraud investigations and litigation

Intellectual property

Labor and employment

Product liability and toxic torts

Real estate


SEC investigations and white collar defense





Banking and financial services




Consumer products and services

Dietary supplements, cosmetics and functional foods

Drugs, medical devices and biologicals




Hospitality and lodging

Independent schools

Life sciences



Media and entertainment


Nonprofit organizations


Real estate


Transportation and transportation infrastructure



when you need a seasoned trial lawyer

We try cases in virtually every area of trial practice and across a wide range of issues. With more than 200 trial lawyers/litigators, we are large enough to handle any type of problem.

Many of us acquired our trial skills in the most demanding environment—in the trenches as assistant U.S. attorneys and as prosecutors for regulatory agencies on major cases. We know the courts and the regulatory agencies. In fact, more than 90 Venable attorneys have been on the “other side.” We understand how government prosecutors and regulators think. Having been there, we know how to operate successfully in the context of government inquiries and investigations.


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What to expect when you work with Venable.

  1. Insight that cuts to the heart of the matter sooner than you’re used to—from a team with the business and legal skills and experience you need to prevail. 
  2. Creative problem-solving that results in aggressive litigation tactics and trial strategies without ever losing focus on the big picture.
  3. Practical problem-solving driven by your business context and what you want to achieve. We’re nimble, capable of navigating the bureaucracies of the largest and most complex companies.
  4. Straight talk that helps you navigate the needless complexity of the legal and regulatory processes you face.
  5. Unrelenting pressure on the other side, and on the court or agency, to resolve the case in your favor.
  6. Efficient work habits and case management that deliver business solutions through litigation.

Skills to handle all types of disputes.

Commercial litigation.

Today’s highly competitive marketplace is increasingly leading corporate management teams to seek legal solutions through the court process. Venable litigators aggressively pursue and promote our clients’ interests in any dispute. Our attorneys represent regional, national and international clients, and regularly try cases through state and federal trial court systems. We assist clients in selecting and implementing the most appropriate and cost-effective form of dispute settlement—whether through court procedures or through various forms of alternative dispute resolution. We work effectively with clients and in-house counsel to devise and implement appropriate case management strategies. Working closely with other attorneys throughout Venable, our litigation attorneys have the resources and experience to handle complex matters across the broad spectrum of legal disciplines.

Class actions.

Venable has deep experience in large class action defense. We have served as lead counsel in class actions brought by private claimants and by government agencies. These cases have involved commercial, employment, product liability and a range of other issues. We have also served as co-counsel in class actions that have required extensive electronic discovery and statistical analysis. Our skill in handling a massive, four-year employment class action underscores our capacity to adeptly manage large cases. In what would have been the largest employment class action ever tried before a jury, Venable successfully defended a food service and facilities management company against claims of a certified class of more than 3,000 managers that alleged race discrimination. The matter was settled two days before jury selection.

Product liability and toxic torts.

With first-hand experience in the major cases of the past 20 years, Venable brings in-depth knowledge and experience to product liability and toxic tort litigation. As lead counsel, we have defeated individual suits and class actions based on a variety of mass tort claims. Both our clients and other law firms turn to us for our understanding of engineering and scientific issues, our knowledge of multiple industries and our ability to work with skilled practitioners to present sophisticated scientific concepts in plain language. Venable has managed local, regional and national litigation for Fortune 500 and other companies across the U.S. Our outstanding track record makes us a logical choice to be lead counsel or a key member of the defense team in any matter that hinges on causation of injury by a product of any type.

Labor and employment.

Our labor and employment attorneys counsel and litigate on behalf of mid-sized and large employers—unionized and non-union, public and private. We deal with every type of workplace issue, including collective bargaining, union avoidance, EEO claims and class actions, merger and acquisition labor cost reductions, wrongful discharge suits, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), wage and overtime disputes, healthcare cost reductions, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and trade secrets/non-compete litigation. Venable has a large team of attorneys who focus on helping government employers deal with labor and employment issues, and we are at the forefront in defending employers against class actions.

SEC investigations and white collar defense.

Venable represents corporate executives and companies of all sizes in all phases of civil and criminal investigations by federal and state agencies. We help them respond swiftly, defend their rights, protect their reputations and manage the risk of litigation. We advise parties being investigated for accounting irregularities, securities fraud, insider trading and money laundering and bribery, including proceedings arising from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). We are experienced in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and the full range of other current compliance requirements.

Venable’s trial lawyers never lose sight of the fact that our job is to help our clients prevail. In case after case, we use our knowledge of law and the courts, meticulous preparation, efficient case management and powerful, persuasive arguments to resolve litigation in our clients’ favor.