Transactional Disputes

When business transactions break down, mergers and acquisitions come undone, or other commercial disputes arise, clients rely on Venable’s astute litigation team.

We know how commercial disputes can impact the operation of a business, and we know how to move quickly and aggressively to resolve issues in order to advance the best interests of the clients we serve.

We handle a wide range of issues that can arise in the context of transactional disputes, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy litigation and foreclosures
  • Business torts – defamation; trade libel and disparagement; unfair competition; tortious interference; breach of fiduciary duty; trade secret misappropriation
  • Contracts – real estate; purchase and sale of goods (UCC); exclusivity, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements; partnership and joint ventures; sale and purchases of business and related post-closing disputes
  • Corporate governance disputes and breakups
  • Creditors' rights
  • Electronic discovery and document management
  • Employment and discrimination challenges
  • Franchise and distribution
  • Insurance coverage
  • Intellectual property ownership, licensure, and trade secrets
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Retail mortgage-backed securities
  • Real estate disputes
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Torts and commercial disputes arising outside of the United States involving government contractors


  • Represented a commercial lender in a successful partial summary judgment, and final judgment after a bench trial, against a borrower and guarantor to collect note and guaranty. (Va. Cir. Ct.)
  • Represented a consulting firm that obtained a unanimous jury verdict in its favor in defense of breach of contract claim, based on plaintiff’s unauthorized use of company’s goodwill and corporate identity. (Md. Cir. Ct.)
  • Represented a commercial landlord in an action initiated by a tenant for a declaration as to the status of its purported lease termination. The landlord prevailed when tenant conceded and dismissed its claim. (E.D. Va.)
  • Represented a commercial landlord that obtained a verdict in its favor and a judgment for possession after a bench trial on tenant’s claim that it validly exercised an option to renew. (Va. Cir. Ct.)
  • Achieved a successful defense of claims asserting breach of intellectual property assignments amid dissolution of an international joint venture LLC and other intra-corporate disputes (W.D. Wash. and D. Minn.)


  • Chambers USA
    • Litigation: General Commercial, New York, 2021– 2023
    • Litigation: General Commercial, Maryland, 2006 – 2023
    • Litigation: General Commercial, Virginia, 2004 – 2007, 2016 – 2023
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Best Law Firms, Commercial Litigation (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Commercial Litigation (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2011 – 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2008 – 2022 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)