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Venable LLP

600 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001, USA
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Work T +1 202.344.4000
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Venable LLP

Venable LLP has notable expertise in public REIT transactions and the Maryland-based team advises a range of local, national and international clients on the full spectrum of real estate transactional issues. Clients of the firm include pension funds, investors, lenders and corporates across various sectors, and the team has been especially active in the telecoms and utility sectors in recent years. In one highlight, the firm represented a national pension fund adviser on the acquisition, financing and disposition of multifamily properties valued at $210m across states including Maryland, Arizona and New Mexico. Other work included advising Intelsat on the relocation of its US headquarters to Tysons Tower in Fairfax County; representing the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its lease of an office building in Washington DC; and acting for Maryland’s second-largest city in a $350m redevelopment of its mixed-use town center. Practice head Thomas Millspaugh splits his time between Washington DC and Baltimore; other key individuals include Michael Phillipou, Susan Golden and Peter Koffler, all of whom are based in New York.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

The product liability practice at Venable LLP is jointly headed by Paul Strain and Sally Bryan in Baltimore, and is particularly active in product liability litigation and class action defense in the pharmaceuticals area. Recent work includes acting as co-national counsel to Takeda in the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) MDL, in which plaintiffs allege kidney injuries caused by the medication. The team also acts as co-counsel for AbbVie in the Depakote cases and, led by Strain, David Heubeck and Stephen Marshall, continues to represent Merck in the ongoing Fosamax litigation, involving claims alleging that the osteoporosis drug causes bones in the jaw to deteriorate. Edward Boyle and Angel Garganta co-head the class action department in New York and San Francisco, respectively.

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United States: Finance

Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 7

Venable LLP

With numerous former high-ranking CFPB officials within its ranks, including Allyson Baker and Andy Arculin, Washington DC-based firm Venable LLP has excellent credibility before the agency and handles compliance, advisory, enforcement and supervision examination work for a wide range of clients including banks and non-banks, third party service providers and debt collectors. Arculin is particularly noted for his expertise within the mortgage space and regularly advises mortgage broker and mortgage bank clients about mortgage lending laws, including the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID), which he helped to draft while at the CFPB. Jonathan Pompan handles a broad cross-section of contentious and non-contentious consumer finance regulatory work; he recently provided regulatory due diligence to Warburg Pincus on a proposed equity investment in a company engaged in consumer lending. John Beaty and Michael Bresnick are also recommended.

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

Venable LLP houses an extensive not-for-profit practice; the client base includes large national charities, foundations, cultural institutions, hospitals, schools and other nonprofit organizations. The team advises NFPs on governance, tax-exemption status, litigation, compliance, intellectual property matters, antitrust, real estate, joint ventures and mergers, among other matters. George Constantine, who is based in the Washington DC office, and Robert Waldman, who is based in Baltimore, co-lead the practice. Washington DC-based Andrew Price has notable expertise in handling matters involving intellectual property issues. In 2017 Cynthia Lewin, formerly the executive vice president of and general counsel to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), joined the firm’s Washington DC office, and Jeffrey Tenenbaum moved to Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC. In January 2018 Melanie Jones Totman joined computer technology corporation Oracle as senior corporate counsel.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s group has notable strength in bid protests and contentious work, with intellectual property litigation for government contractors recognized as a cornerstone area of the practice. The team has an excellent reputation for assisting government contractors from the technology, aerospace and defense sectors; recent highlights include successfully defending ATAP against two bid protests from Raytheon and VSE Corporation challenging the award of United States Marine Corps contracts worth $28m to the client to repair and overhaul mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles. Washington DC houses the majority of the team, including group co-lead Paul Debolt and Dismas Locaria, with other key names located in Tysons Corner - including James Boland and Scott Hommer, who co-leads the team with Debolt - and Baltimore.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 5

Venable LLP

Venable LLP provides day-to-day counsel on the administration of a large multinational software and data security company’s employee benefit plans, and has strong experience advising clients on multi-employer plan funding rules, contract negotiations and regulatory compliance. The names to note are Washington DC-based Kenneth Hoffman and Lisa Tavares, and practice head Thora Johnson and Harry Atlas in Baltimore.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

A leading adviser to middle-market buyers and sellers both in the US and internationally, Venable LLP’s 80-plus M&A attorneys assist with virtually all types of transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, spin-off and carve-out transactions, minority interest acquisitions, and joint ventures. The firm also fields lawyers with expertise in tax structuring, transaction financing, IP, employee benefits and executive compensation, corporate finance and securities, and regulatory issues, and its sector experience includes IT, cybersecurity, digital media and big data, entertainment, and education technology. Other industry areas of note include financial services, healthcare, energy and government contracts. Recent matters include acting for Norwegian fishing and biotechnology company Aker BioMarine Antarctic in the purchase of the krill oil inventory, customer accounts and krill oil-related IP from Neptune Technologies & Bioressources for approximately $34m. It also assisted GenRock Investment Fund I and its affiliates with the acquisition of portfolios of Pizza Hut restaurants; and acted for longstanding client Merkle Group (MG) in its sale of a majority stake in MG to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network, part of Japan’s advertising conglomerate, Dentsu. Charles Morton Jr, who divides time between Washington DC and Baltimore, focuses on the healthcare, technology and consumer products industries; he chairs the corporate practice alongside Washington DC-based Robert Bolger Jr, who focuses on advising clients in the advertising, entertainment services and hospitality industries, and across traditional and emerging media. Morton recently advised a client that provides human and operational performance improvement solutions on its €28m sale. Los Angeles-based Christopher O’Brien’s clients include content producers and distributors, talent agencies, investors, and financing sources.

Leading lawyers

Charles Morton Jr - Venable LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation
Advertising and marketing: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s ‘extensive and strong stable of attorneys’ provides ‘cutting-edge advice’ paired with ‘exceptional response times, business acumen and industry knowledge’. ‘Excellent litigatorRoger Colaizzi leads the department, which is defending the Dannon Company in a consumer class action pertaining to the ‘All Natural’ labeling on its products; plaintiffs claim that the client’s yoghurt cannot be natural as it is made from the milk of cows that are fed genetically modified corn and raised using bovine growth hormones. The group also assists with false advertising litigation and TCPA issues; Daniel Blynn is advising Dick’s Sporting Goods on alleged TCPA violations. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Roger Colaizzi - Venable LLP

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Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

As ‘one of the most dominant firms in the industry’, Venable LLP is ‘easily a leader in an ever-changing market’ with ‘cutting-edge and on-point advice, and excellent business acumen’. Key practitioners include ‘true visionary and rainmakerJeffrey Knowles; Amy Ralph Mudge, who is ‘an up-and-coming industry leader’; and regulatory specialist Randal Shaheen. The group is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise; in a recent highlight, Mudge and New York-based Po Yi advised Dick’s Sporting Goods on an investigation regarding the client’s coupon advertising practice. Stuart Ingis is also acting for the Coalition for Better Ads on the development and release of the Initial Better Ads Standards for desktop web and mobile advertising. The department also handles transactional matters, including acquisitions and divestitures. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise specified.

Leading lawyers

Amy Ralph Mudge - Venable LLP

Jeffrey Knowles - Venable LLP

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Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

As ‘a strong player in the US market’, Venable LLP’s ‘practical and honest’ department in Washington DC fields practice co-heads Stuart Ingis and Emilio Cividanes, and privacy and internet specialist Michael Signorelli. The team’s experience covers compliance counseling, crisis management, investigations, litigation and regulatory advice, and it regularly acts for coalitions; highlights included Ingis and Ari Schwartz advising the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law on various policy issues, Ingis and Signorelli handling enforcing guidance on cross-device linking for the Digital Advertising Alliance, and regulatory specialist David Strickland assisting the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets with legislative matters regarding autonomous vehicles. Shannon Yavorsky joined the San Francisco office in 2017 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and is a key name for US and European data privacy compliance. In May 2018, Thomas Boyd joined from DLA Piper LLP (US).

Leading lawyers

Stuart Ingis - Venable LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Signorelli - Venable LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s technology transactions and outsourcing team has a national presence with expertise spread across its offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Northern Virginia. The firm has a unique focus on facilities management outsourcing for clients in diverse industries including energy, retail, hospitality, entertainment and media. The practice is led from Washington DC by William Russell, Nora Garrote and AJ Zottola, and by James Nelson in New York, and it is backed up by a strong regulatory and government affairs team. Their recent work includes advising a worldwide organization on an enterprise-wide outsourcing agreement that covers the full range of IT services.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

With a large portfolio of software vendor, data provider and fintech clients, Venable LLP’s core strengths center around complex technology transactions and outsourcing matters. It has particular strengths in technology-driven joint ventures and strategic alliances, IP commercialization, technology licensing and procurement, and technology transfer and systems integration matters. The practice handles a significant amount of cross-border work and it is particularly well known for its work in the hospitality, retail, healthcare and technology sectors; in recent years the practice has also expanded into the data analytics, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and entertainment and new media fields. The team recently advised Wyndham Hotel Group on negotiating a series of services agreements to evaluate and obtain SaaS-based solutions to help hotel guests communicate their hospitality needs directly with hotel staff via text messages and provide real-time, two-way staff communication. It also acts for one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies in technology license agreements, technical service agreements, joint development agreements, and R&D service agreements. The recommended attorneys are San Francisco-based James Nelson; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola; Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner; and William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

Leading lawyers

William Russell - Venable LLP

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

Venable LLP is widely lauded as ‘the best on Maryland law’, with many sources asserting ‘no other firm comes close’. Indeed, the Baltimore-centered team’s specialist expertise in Maryland corporate legislation translates into an impressive market share of both publicly traded and publicly registered, non-traded REITs formed under Maryland law, with major Wall Street firms quick to highlight the practice as ‘a first choice for referrals in this area’. The group is co-chaired by James Hanks (‘dean of the Maryland bar’ and ‘extremely steeped in the law and issues’), Sharon Kroupa (‘combines good technical skills with good commercial judgment’) and Patricia McGowan. It also benefits from the expertise of the ‘solution-orientedChristopher Pate. Clients include Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Hudson Pacific Properties and Vornado Realty Trust.

Leading lawyers

James Hanks - Venable LLP

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