Venable has been actively involved in the practice of education and school law for over 50 years. The firm represents a wide variety of educational institutions and handles virtually every kind of legal issue that can arise for independent and public schools offering pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade programs. We also represent private and public colleges, universities, and research institutions. Our education and school law attorneys are highly respected and are called upon to speak at state and national meetings on selected topics and offer in-house presentations.

Independent Schools

Venable is acknowledged as the go-to law firm for all legal matters facing independent schools. Our nationally recognized Independent School Practice represents private pre-K through 12 schools throughout the country in virtually all legal issues confronting private educational institutions. School leadership faces many of the same challenges as corporations, as they seek to meet goals and objectives with ever-shrinking budgets. Operating with an interdisciplinary team approach, our school practice draws on the experience of nationally recognized attorneys throughout the firm in collaborative problem solving.

The challenges of maintaining a positive workforce, managing administrative and business matters, addressing student concerns, ensuring sustainable and green environments, and responding to ever-changing technology are familiar to the lawyers in Venable's Independent School Practice. They counsel based on their hands-on experience with a broad spectrum of legal issues and their deep understanding of the education industry. This extensive knowledge benefits the client because it allows the team of counsel to respond to the issue at hand in a cost-efficient and timely manner.

Mindful of the impact the school's culture has on the health and sustainability of the industry, Venable's Independent School Practice provides support consistent with that culture.

Colleges and Universities

Venable's nationally recognized Higher Education Practice attorneys draw on their experience to provide cost-effective, practical solutions to the challenges facing institutions of higher learning – counsel that is specifically designed for educational settings and consistent with the client institution's mission.

Venable represents academic institutions of all sizes, denominations, and philosophies nationwide. Our experience and ability to understand the nuances that are specific to higher education enable us to develop strategies that foster the growth and sustainability of our clients.

Committed to providing strategic answers and workable solutions on a cost-efficient basis, Venable advocates legal strategies that take into account a school's need to operate its business in a manner sensitive to fiduciary obligations and financial challenges.

Research Institutions

For decades, Venable has proudly served leading university and public research institutions. We provide a wide range of services related to technology and business transactions.

Research institutions operate in a complex and competitive environment, balancing the demands of researchers, administrators, funders, corporations, government agencies, and the general public. To advance their public missions, research institutions require legal counsel with the scientific and business acumen needed to protect their inventions and establish relationships with licensees and collaborators. Venable has built a team that meets these needs.

Practice Focus

  • Colleges
  • Pre-K through 12
  • Research institutions
  • Vocational schools
  • Universities


  • Chambers USA
    • Labor & Employment, Virginia, 2016
    • Labor & Employment, Maryland, 2004 – 2023
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Best Law Firms, Employment Law – Management (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020, 2022  – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Employment Law – Management (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Labor Law – Management (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Labor Law – Management (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2011 – 2017
    • Best Law Firms, Labor Law – Management (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Litigation – Labor & Employment (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Litigation – Labor & Employment (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 – 2022 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)