Caroline Petro Gately is a first-chair trial lawyer with extensive experience in commercial real estate litigation. Caroline has served since 2017 as the chair of Venable’s Washington Litigation Group, encompassing the Washington and Tysons, Virginia offices. She has tried scores of cases to verdict or judgment in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland courts and in arbitration, including breach of contract claims; fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts; intellectual property and unfair competition claims; and a full range of commercial real estate disputes.
Caroline’s commercial real estate litigation experience includes
Caroline’s principal clients consist of property owners, developers, national asset or portfolio managers, private equity investors, high-net-worth individuals, pension funds, banks, institutional investment advisors, and commercial tenants with real property interests and investments in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Before joining the firm, Caroline was a litigation partner at DLA Piper US LLP (formerly Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe) and a litigation associate at Swidler & Berlin.
Throughout her career, Caroline has been active in firm and community leadership. She has held various positions, including chair of the Partners Retreat Steering Committee, diversity ombudsman, chair of the Associate Litigation Trial Skills Training and Development Program, Hiring Committee member, Expansion Committee member, chair of the Venable Academy Steering Committee, Partnership Selection Committee member, Commercial Litigation Associate Professional Development partner, Office Pro Bono Attorney coordinator, Pro Bono Committee member, and Summer Program coordinating attorney. In addition to chair of the Washington Litigation Group, she currently serves as a Steering Committee member for Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe).
Caroline’s professional activities outside the firm include: