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Venable LLP

750 E. PRATT STREET, SUITE 900, BALTIMORE, MD 21202, USA

United States: Dispute resolution

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

Venable LLP

As ‚Äėa¬†responsive firm with individuals who are very skilled in all aspects of litigation‚Äô, Venable LLP¬†provides comprehensive advice on product liability, mass torts and class action matters, and is especially experienced in the pharmaceutical industry. Recent highlights include representing Merck in litigation relating to the vaccine Fosamax, which allegedly causes patients to develop shingles as well as eye and neurologic injuries, and acting for Takeda Pharmaceuticals as co-national counsel in litigation relating to proton-pump inhibitor medication. The team is jointly led by¬†Kathleen Hardway¬†and Jason Rose, and also features Paul Strain, Bruce Parker¬†and Sally Bryan. Other recommended lawyers are Stephen Marshall, who ‚Äėprovides excellent management of the entire team, and is excellent at setting and carrying out an overall strategy‚Äô, and the ‚Äėoutstanding communicator‚Äô and ‚Äėpower house trial attorney‚Äô Craig Thompson. All named partners are based in Baltimore.

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United States: Finance

Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 7

Venable LLP

Based in Washington DC and able to tap into the insider knowledge of numerous former government officials (including several CFPB alumni), Venable LLP excels in handling enforcement, transactional and advisory work for an array of consumer finance entities, including mortgage brokers, student loan servicers, payment processors and marketplace lenders. Andrew Arculin has vast experience across consumer lending, fintech and mortgage banking; he recently assisted Laurel Road Bank on the launch of brand and online lending platforms for mortgages, student loans and personal loans. Co-chair Jonathan Pompan's recent work has included advising LendingUSA on consumer financial services law regulatory compliance and product development, as well as providing regulatory due diligence to Warburg Pincus in relation to potential consumer finance-related acquisitions. The arrival in September 2018 of Laura Biddle from Hogan Lovells US LLP adds further weight to the team, given her credibility before the regulators on behalf of domestic and foreign banks, fintech providers and non-bank companies. Co-head Allyson Baker is also recommended, particularly for contentious matters. Other clients include JPMorgan Chase, Citadel Servicing Corporation and Republic Bank and Trust.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Venable LLP

Venable LLP‚Äôs government contracts department distinguishes itself with ‚Äėgood communication‚Äô, to the benefit of clients in the technology, aerospace and defense sectors, such as Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. Scott Hommer¬†and Paul Debolt, who has a ‚Äėgood understanding of government contract law‚Äô, jointly lead the practice. Recently, the team has successfully handled a number of bid protests, including for Agile Defense, where a team under Debolt‚Äôs leadership filed a NAWCAD protest, defended the award of a contract from a GOA protest by Octo Consulting, defended against a size status protest before the Small Business Administration and intervened at the Alliant 2 GWAC protest. Other work includes handling breach of contract of claims, for instance as counsel for Taylor Energy Company, which arose as a result of a trust agreement between Taylor Energy and the Department of the Interior. On the counseling side, Dismas Locaria¬†helped Securitas Security Services‚Äô affiliate, Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, to obtain Safety Act protections for its background investigation services. James Boland¬†and Rebecca Pearson¬†are also key names. Keir Bancroft¬†left to join the United States Air Force in December 2017.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Patents: litigation (full coverage) - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

Venable LLP acquired New York IP boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and now has particular strength in the electronics and life science sectors, with an especially busy practice for branded pharmaceutical companies. Michael Sandonato, who chairs the ITC litigation practice with Edmund Haughey, obtained a precedential PTAB decision for long-standing client Canon regarding five ultimately denied follow-on IPRs that General Plastic Industrial had filed. Nicholas Kallas successfully defended two Novartis patents covering the use of the drug Afinitor against invalidity claims brought forward by West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in the district court of Delaware. Washington DC's Justin Oliver directs the PTAB practice, while Justin Pierce, also in Washington DC, chairs the intellectual property department with New York's Dominick Conde. Scott Reed and Washington DC-based Megan Woodworth jointly head the intellectual property litigation practice. Christopher Borello in New York is also noted. Charlotte Jacobsen joined Ropes & Gray LLP before the merger, and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Additional clients include biopharmaceutical player Alkermes, Sanofi and Allergan.

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Borello - Venable LLP

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Venable LLP

Venable LLP merged with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in autumn 2018, combining Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto's strength in patent prosecution with the acquiring firm's wider geographical footprint and service offering. Instructions often come from life sciences clients, but the team is also adept at advising on electronics and technology patents. The group is primarily known for its PTAB practice, directed by Justin Oliver in the Washington DC office. For Canon, the group recently secured a precedential PTAB decision regarding follow-on IPR petitions, defeating petitioner General Plastic Industrial. Counsel Benjamin Pelletier joined the San Francisco office from Arnold & Porter. Former patent chair Michael Sartori joined Baker Botts L.L.P.. Steven Schwarz joined Johnson & Johnson as senior patent counsel.

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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’s practice head Thora Johnson has a particular focus on employer health plans and welfare benefits, and routinely advises clients on the establishment of plans pursuant to ERISA, IRS, ACA and HIPAA regulations. Harry Atlas is the key name for devising and implementing 403(b) and 457 non-qualified plans, as well as equity compensation agreements. The team also handles the fiduciary and tax qualification aspects of ESOPs and managing DOL fiduciary rule risk. Washington DC-based Kenneth Hoffman is also a key contact. Johnson and Atlas are based in Maryland.

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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¬†is 'a¬†go-to firm for US M&A transactions that is always good value for money'. The practice's clients include Fortune 100 companies, international and regional entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, and a range of investors; it is widely praised for its advice on acquisitions, mergers, spin-off and carve-out deals, minority interest acquisitions and joint ventures. The practice also assists with¬†complex tax structuring, transaction financing, IP, employee benefit and executive compensation, corporate finance and securities, and regulatory issues. Recent work includes advising¬†Drummond Company, a privately owned company that mines and processes coal and coal products, on the $400m sale of its Shoal Creek mining business to Peabody Energy.¬†Charles Morton Jr¬†divides his time between Washington DC and Baltimore, and focuses on the technology, consumer products and healthcare industries; Washington DC-based Robert Bolger Jr¬†acts in¬†a range of business transactions, including M&A, private placements, joint ventures, liquidations and sales; and across traditional and emerging media, Los Angeles-based Christopher O‚ÄôBrien's¬†clients include content producers and distributors, talent agencies, investors, and financing sources. Other key advisers are the 'highly recommended' Baltimore-based¬†Anthony Rosso, whose clients include¬†a global data-driven, technology‚Äďenabled performance marketing agency, a Fortune 250 provider of IT, consulting and business process services, and one of the largest US-based family-owned, innovative food and agricultural products companies; and Bryan Rakes,¬†whose¬†representative experience includes acting for a private equity fund in its acquisition of two restaurant franchise groups as well as advising the US subsidiary of a Canadian company on its acquisition of a global business-to-business digital music services and rights platform.

Leading lawyers

Robert Bolger 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 advertising litigation practice attracts praise for its 'in-depth knowledge of the industry's landscape, great communication skills, persuasive arguments and strategic approach'. Washington-based Roger Colaizzi heads the practice and boasts broad experience spanning Lanham Act cases, class action litigation and brand protection. The team recently achieved a dismissal with prejudice of a class action complaint brought against its client Nutraclick concerning three testosterone-boosting supplement products. It is also representing Henkel Corporation in a putative consumer class action alleging that the labeling of Henkel’s line of Purex 'Natural Elements' laundry detergents is false and misleading to consumers because the products contain ingredients alleged to be synthetic and artificial. In another work highlight, San Francisco-based Angel Garganta successfully defended Dannon Company in false advertising claims relating to the 'All Natural' labeling of products.

Leading lawyers

Roger Colaizzi - Venable LLP

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

Venable LLP

Venable LLP continues to enjoy a good reputation for assisting brands ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations on a range of transactional and regulatory matters. Practice head Jeffrey Knowles has impressive experience in the sector and recently advised Fashion Nova on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations relating to its shipping claims and practices. The team is also assisting the client with its social media influencer program and contracts with celebrities, including Kanye West. Another client is London-based promotions agency Prizeology regarding the coordination of a legal review for a user-generated content contests across more than 20 countries. Melissa Steinman boasts particular expertise in promotions and online gaming and is leading the firm's advice to Whole Foods Markets on state and local law regulatory considerations relating to the implementation of a loyalty rewards program. Other key names to note include Stuart Ingis, particularly for privacy and e-commerce, regulatory lawyer Ellen Berge and New York-based litigator Leonard Gordon, who co-heads the practice alongside Knowles and frequently represents clients in NAD challenges and FTC investigations. All individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise specified. Changes to the team include the departures of Amy Mudge and Randal Shaheen, who left to Baker & Hostetler LLP and Po Yi who joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Leading lawyers

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

The ‚Äėup-to-date and comprehensive‚Äô Washington DC-based¬†e-commerce, privacy and cybersecurity¬†team at¬†Venable LLP¬†is headed by ‚Äėtop privacy lawyer‚Äô Stuart Ingis¬†and Emilio Cividanes, who specialize in crisis management and class action litigation, representing clients before Congress, the FTC and other institutions and agencies. Michael Signorelli¬†advises marketers, advertisers, trade associations, e-commerce firms, retailers, social platforms and technology providers on privacy and consumer protection matters. Highlights included acting as general and policy counsel for the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and assisting the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A) with GDPR compliance. Thomas Boyd¬†joined from¬†DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†in May 2018.

Leading lawyers

Stuart Ingis - Venable LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Signorelli - Venable LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Venable LLP

Leveraging ‚Äėgreat client management‚Äô and 'excellent analytical and communication skills', Venable LLP‚Äės ‚Äėdedicated team offers pragmatic and real life solutions to complex legal matters‚Äô. In particular, the practice group has considerable experience in the automotive, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, retail and payment processing sectors. Washington DC-based Nora E. Garrote and¬†William T. Russell, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, jointly manage the interdisciplinary technology transactions and outsourcing group.¬†The firm recently advised a car manufacturer on a variety of technological, operational and administrative outsourcing matters. Other names to note include Washington DC-based¬†Armand J. Zottola¬†and New York-based Eric A. Prager, who joined from K&L Gates in June 2018.

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Technology transactions
Technology transactions - ranked: tier 2

Venable LLP

The ‚Äėdedicated team‚Äô at¬†Venable LLP is noted for its¬†‚Äėexceptional service'¬†in high-value licensing and development agreements.¬†Recent highlights include acting for a hotel company in an agreement for the development of a central reservations system, and advising a payment processing company on an agreement for the integration of the client‚Äôs payment processing technology into third-party billing platforms. The practice group is jointly headed by¬†Armand J. Zottola and Nora E. Garrote¬†in Washington DC; another key contact,¬†William T. Russell, divides his time between Washington DC and New York and provides ongoing advice to General Electric on the structuring and negotiation of technology-driven deals in support of its energy and digital solutions businesses. New York-based Eric A. Prager joined from K&L Gates¬†in June 2018.

Leading lawyers

William T. 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 'has excellent knowledge of the relevant laws, a commercial approach and is responsive'. The team stands out for its advice to publicl traded Maryland REITs on Maryland corporate law in relation to IPOs, stock and debt offerings, M&A deals and spin-offs. It also regularly assists boards and board committees of publicly traded REITs with corporate governance; Vornado Realty Trust, Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Hudson Pacific Properties are active clients. Patricia McGowan led advice, as Maryland counsel, to large-cap REIT Invitation Homes on the acquisition of Starwood Waypoint Homes; the combined company became the largest single-family rental company in the US. Sharon Kroupa is 'a superstar who is smart, commercial and experienced'; Christopher Pate is also 'a standout lawyer, who is highly responsive and knowledgeable'; and James Hanks is 'a senior partner who has helped write many of the real estate and corporate laws in place'. Carmen Fonda and Michael Schiffer are also key contacts. All named advisers are in Maryland.

Leading lawyers

James Hanks - Venable LLP

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United States: Tax

Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)
Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities) - ranked: tier 1

Venable LLP

Venable LLP is praised for its 'practical approach and true teamwork', but clients note in particular that the firm is 'not concerned with billable hours, but just with making sure its clients are taken care of'. The seven-partner team is led out of Washington DC by the 'very patient' Cynthia Lewin, who has enviable experience of the sector, and is known to 'guide clients toward the outcomes that protect their organizations'. Other key partners include regulatory head George E Constantine, who stands out for his 'significant stature in the entertainment industry', where the firm has an impressive track record advising on issues such as IP and contractual rights. On the transactional front, the team advised The Common Application, an undergraduate college admissions organization, on its acquisition of Reach Higher, the college access campaign established by Michelle Obama. Other key partners include Eric Berman and Andrew Price, and Baltimore-based Yosef Ziffer and Robert L Waldman.

Leading lawyers

Cynthia Lewin - Venable LLP

Rising stars

Anne Gerson - Venable LLP

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