Commercial Litigation

Our litigators are prepared to pursue and promote our clients' interests aggressively in any dispute. We regularly try cases and work closely with our clients to devise effective case management strategies. It is our practice to assist clients in selecting and implementing the most cost-effective form of dispute resolution, whether through court procedures or alternative dispute resolution.

Venable's commercial litigation attorneys represent regional, national, and international clients throughout state and federal courts systems. The many legal challenges our litigation team handles include banking and workout issues, commercial disputes, collections, employment and discrimination challenges, environmental crimes, government contract disputes, international trade issues, product liability disputes, securities litigation, tax litigation, and unfair competition.

Working in close association with all practice areas, the litigation group has the resources and experience to handle complex matters in such distinct fields as antitrust, real estate and land use, intellectual property, healthcare, tax controversy, communications, construction, and technology law. The firm also has considerable experience conducting internal investigations for corporate clients, representing clients in administrative and grand jury investigations, and litigating white-collar criminal cases. Venable has a substantial appellate practice in both the federal and state courts and is regularly retained by clients to handle their interests at the appellate stage.

Government Experience

  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Transition Team
  • Chairman, Public Safety/Policies Committee, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Transition Team
  • Lead monitor, Baltimore Police Department Consent Decree
  • Trial Attorney, Civil Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Enforcement Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Senior counsel for Enforcement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Legal Intern, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Paralegal, Federal Trade Commission
  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Southeast Region Office
  • Assistant Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant Attorney General, Maryland
  • Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, State of New York
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
  • Deputy Chief Prosecutor for Litigation, Office of Military Commissions, Prosecution Task Force, Department of Defense, on detail from U.S. Department of Justice
  • Executive Director, President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, Office of the U.S. Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Intelligence officer, United States Air Force
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, District of Maryland
  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Honors Program, Civil Division (Attorney General's Honors Program)
  • Attorney General of the United States, United States Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
  • Law Clerk, United States House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform
  • Aide, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Todd Platts (R-PA)
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division
  • Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Intelligence Policy and Review
  • Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Military Commissions, Prosecution Task Force
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Mayor, Village of Pelham, New York
  • Former deputy mayor, Village of Pelham, New York
  • Former town council member, Village of Pelham, New York


  • Recognized by Chambers USA
  • Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011 – 2019
    • Tier 1 Commercial Litigation (Baltimore; DC) 
  • Attorneys with top rankings by Chambers USA
  • 10 attorneys recognized in Best Lawyers in America©