Litigation Counsel for Nonprofits


Venable has a formidable team of aggressive, accomplished trial attorneys on both coasts—more than 175 litigators in Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York City and Los Angeles.

We have litigated in many federal trial and appellate courts throughout the nation, including four successful cases in the past five years before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

We have argued cases before the National Labor Relations Board and filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Builders and Contractors, the American College of Radiology, the Performance Marketing Association, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

We are currently defending multiple nationwide class actions, many as lead counsel. 

We frequently bring our litigation capabilities to bear in defense of nonprofit clients. For example, we are representing, or have recently represented, nonprofits in actions such as:

  • consumer class action lawsuits;
  • cases alleging conspiracy related to products liability issues arising from industry products; and
  • lawsuits filed by the FTC, state attorneys general and other federal and state agencies. 

We also regularly represent our nonprofit clients—especially trade and professional associations—in connection with the defense of third-party subpoenas seeking information and documentation in the organization's possession, and represent nonprofits in a broad array of business litigation, arbitration and mediation.

On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we led a team pursuing damages litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and a parallel arbitration before the American Arbitration Association regarding a failed software development and outsourcing project. 

On behalf of the United Way of America, we helped terminate a software vendor for cause and then successfully pursued mediation in advance of litigation.

On behalf of the American Society of Association Executives, we prosecuted an arbitration against one of its largest endorsed vendors and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for ASAE.