All great litigation attorneys are first and foremost trial lawyers. Venable's philosophy is that every court is our home court, and the war is won (or avoided) by actually knowing the arena. While our offices are located in New York, California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, and Florida, our more than 200 trial attorneys are at home trying cases across the country. In those trials, we have proved that our team has the breadth and experience needed to handle any dispute in any setting, whether in federal or state trial courts, appellate courts, or alternative dispute venues, such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and JAMS.
We are ever mindful that the dispute is the client's, and therefore it is the client's objectives and needs that must be addressed. The working relationship starts with the simplest of concepts – listening to the client and understanding their objectives, not just the facts and applicable law. Melding together courtroom familiarity, substantive expertise, and innovative and diligent factual investigatory techniques, while maintaining focus on the client's objectives is our winning formula. And, finally, the case attack must align with the need to be efficient and cost-effective. We strive to be our client's partner and to collectively devise the most effective case management strategy in each matter. We staff our matters as leanly as possible. We create set budgets and alternative fee arrangements that provide clients with cost certainty throughout the life of a dispute. We listen to and know our clients' expectations and communicate clearly about costs, fees, and case management issues.