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Venable LLP


United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Venable LLP

Venable LLP is best known in the public REIT M&A space, where it regularly acts as Maryland counsel on substantial deals. Examples in 2016 included advising Annaly Capital Management on its $6bn acquisition of Hatteras Financial Corp and acting for Strategic Hotels & Resorts in its $6bn acquisition by the Blackstone Group. Key players for this work include Baltimore-based Christopher Pate and Patricia McGowan. The practice also thrives in Washington DC, where Philip Horowitz represented Marriott International in all aspects of the company’s planned development of a new global corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Another Washington DC name to note is Stefan Tucker, who focuses on the tax aspects of real estate transactions. Elsewhere, New York-based Peter Koffler and Susan Golden represented EmblemHealth in the $330m sale of its eight-story office building at 441 Ninth Avenue to Cove Property Group and Baupost Group; and in Tysons Corner, finance specialist Douglas McDonald was part of a team that assisted Ashford Hospitality Trust with a $415m mortgage loan refinancing secured by 18 hotels across seven states. Practice chair Thomas Millspaugh divides his time between Baltimore and Washington DC.

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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

Venable LLP’s product liability group often serves as national counsel to high-profile pharmaceutical clients. Led by co-head Paul Strain, David Heubeck and Stephen Marshall, the team continues to represent Merck & Co in ongoing Fosamax litigation. Bruce Parker continues to act for LabCorp as national counsel in a number of matters in which plaintiffs allege errors in prenatal genetic testing procedures conducted by the company. John McCauley has been defending Johnson & Johnson in various Pinnacle hip prosthetics litigation. The Baltimore-based practice’s other co-head is Sally Bryan.

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United States: Finance

Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 7

Venable LLP

In spite of a couple of departures at a senior level, including the recent retirement of Ralph Sharpe and the departure of Andrew Olmem to the White House National Economic Council, Venable LLP maintains a significant presence out of its Washington DC headquarters across a range of regulatory issues affecting retail and wholesale banking entities. John Beaty has vast experience across the financial services regulatory landscape and is increasingly active advising on fintech regulatory matters.

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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

The ‘excellent, timely and responsive’ team at Venable LLP has an extensive not-for-profit practice, advising large national charities, schools, foundations and other nonprofit organizations. A representative client of the firm’s ‘extensive and well-regarded association law practice’ is the Project Management Institute, which it has advised for over a decade on various matters, including the organization’s code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure compliance and manage legal risks including antitrust, defamation and due process. Nonprofit organizations head Jeffrey Tenenbaum is a ‘thought leader in the field’ and is recommended for his ‘outstanding knowledge and excellent, reassuring manner with clients’. Andrew Price is singled out for his expertise in intellectual property and Melanie Jones Totman is ‘very helpful in the area of government grants and associated regulations’. George Constantine is another key name in the Washington DC office, while Robert Waldman is a key practitioner in Baltimore.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Tenenbaum - Venable LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s team is well known for advising government contractors from the technology and aerospace and defense sectors. It has a strong profile for contentious cases and bid protests, while intellectual property litigation for government contractors is a particular sweet spot. Most of the team, including Paul Debolt, is based in Washington DC, but the firm can also call upon government contracts expertise in Tysons Corner - where Scott Hommer is recommended - and Baltimore. Robert Burton left for Crowell & Moring LLP in March 2016.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 5

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s benefits practice advises on healthcare reform, HIPAA compliance and retirement plans, and is led by Thora Johnson in Baltimore. In Washington DC, Kenneth Hoffman assists clients with PBM reporting and the design of their health plans; and Baltimore-based Harry Atlas handles 401(k) plan design and multi-employer pension funding liabilities.

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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

Venable LLP recently grew its practice through the recruitment of Christopher O’Brien, a former in-house counsel at Mattel, as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office; O’Brien represents clients in the entertainment, consumer products and media industries. Charles Morton Jr, who divides time between Washington DC and Baltimore, and Washington DC-based Robert Bolger Jr are department heads. Morton focuses on healthcare, technology and consumer products; Bolger - who also heads the firm’s hospitality initiative - acted for Guthy-Renker in the 2016 sale of a majority interest of its worldwide Proactiv business to Nestlé Skin Health. Other key deals for the firm included acting for PlanetRisk, known for data visualization and analysis, in its acquisition of Analytic Strategies, which provides enterprise analytics services to the federal government. Large deal highlights for the practice included advising longstanding client Merkle Group, a marketing agency, on its sale of a majority stake to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network; and acting for American bank holding company Huntington Bancshares in the acquisition of FirstMerit Corporation.

Leading lawyers

Charles Morton Jr - Venable LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

Venable LLP saw substantial growth in 2016, with privacy and data security specialist Charles Curran joining from his own consulting firm, San Francisco-based IP litigator Susan Hollander joining from K&L Gates and counsel Doreen Manchester, who specializes in regulatory issues, joining from Dickstein Shapiro. The group is praised for its strength in government investigations, advertising litigation and assisting advertising associations with policy and regulatory issues. Practice head Jeffrey Knowles is representing NutraClick in an FTC investigation resulting from the client’s alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Restore Online Shopper’s Confidence Act. Roger Colaizzi, who leads the contentious element of the practice, is acting for SharkNinja in a Lanham Act suit against Dyson. Amy Ralph Mudge is a key name in the regulatory practice; she recently advised Pokémon on all advertising and privacy compliance elements of the development and launch of Pokémon Go, and is assisting Dick’s Sporting Goods with compliance issues relating to its sponsorship of Team USA during the 2016 Olympic year. Other key names include regulatory specialist Randal Shaheen and Stuart Ingis. Eric Berman made partner in late 2016. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Knowles - Venable LLP

Roger Colaizzi - Venable LLP

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Venable LLP

The privacy group at Venable LLP is ‘second to none’, according to one client. Led by Stuart Ingis and Emilio Cividanes from Washington DC, the practice is known for investigations, privacy litigation, compliance advice and crisis management. Charles Curran joined in October 2016 and has expertise in privacy and data protection issues pertaining to online advertising, digital marketing and cross-industry self-regulation. The team is representing Amazon in ongoing litigation with the FTC, in which the FTC alleges that the client failed to obtain informed consent for in-app charges incurred by minors on smart devices. The team also serves as lead counsel to Amazon regarding the FTC’s investigation into the company’s billing practices associated with in-app purchases of apps marketed to children. The group also acts for several coalitions, including the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, the Self-Driving Cars Coalition, and the Digital Advertising Alliance.

Leading lawyers

Stuart Ingis - Venable LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Venable LLP

Venable LLP’s practice is spread across Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles, and regularly handles outsourcings for hospitality, energy, petrochemical, non profit and entertainment sector clients. Nora Garrote, AJ Zottola, William Russell and New York-based James Nelson co-head the group, which has a depth of expertise in both vendor and customer-side outsourcings. The team recently acted as outside counsel to an American retail company, assisting with drafting and negotiating an MSA with a leading enterprise software provider for the implementation of a cloud-based e-commerce platform to host and manage the client’s retail stores and respective sale, inventory and purchasing systems. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

Trusted for high-profile and financially significant transactions’, Venable LLP’s team ‘focuses on getting deals done on reasonable terms, instead of pushing to win each point’. The practice is particularly well known for its hospitality, retail and healthcare technology work, including cross-border acquisitions and development and global distribution deals, and has expanded its practice in the data analytic, energy, petrochemicals, retail and entertainment sectors. The team represented PlanetRisk, known for data visualization and analysis, in its acquisition of Analytic Strategies, which provides enterprise analytics services to the federal government. It also regularly advises General Electric (GE) on technology-driven deals in support of its healthcare, oil and gas, digital solutions and global operations businesses. Such work for GE includes joint product development deals; global distribution and reseller arrangements; technology and patent license agreements; strategic alliance and joint venture agreements; software licensing and SaaS deals; and outsourcing arrangements. San Francisco-based James Nelson is ‘a very knowledgeable, practical lawyer, who has a great attitude during negotiations’; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola ‘provides clients with thoughtful, practical advice and delivers various options on how to move forward on a timely basis’; and Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner, is ‘an invaluable resource for her in-depth understanding of the key issues involved in technology transactions and extensive knowledge of technology contracts’. William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, and Po Yi in New York are also highly regarded.

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’s REIT practice, headed by Sharon Kroupa and James Hanks, is located in Baltimore and primarily advises on matters connected with Maryland corporate legislation, including representing the majority of REITs formed under Maryland law. The partners acted as Maryland counsel during the IPO of publicly traded Global Medical REIT and also supported Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust in its initial offering as a non-traded REIT. Highlight transactions included the $8.9bn conversion of Forest City Enterprises from an Ohio to a Maryland corporation and the stock-for-stock merger between client Chambers Street Properties and Gramercy Properties Trust, resulting in an enterprise value of $5.8bn.

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