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Venable LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10104-3800
United States

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

Jointly led by Emilio Cividanes and Stuart Ingis, the 'world-class' team at Venable LLP is particularly notable for its work on FTC enforcement matters relating to the security of personal information. Having recently established an office in Chicago, the firm continues to help clients with policymaking discussions on data privacy legislation, cybersecurity risk management and state AG investigations focused on privacy concerns. In particular, it is known for representing the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets in relation to the significant data questions raised by autonomous vehicles. Notably, the practice also handles work for numerous advertising trade associations, an area in which it has secured clarifications on the CCPA's right-to-know and advised clients on their opposition to Washington State's proposed private right of action. Reed Freeman Jr joined the team from WilmerHale in August 2020. Also recommended in the team are Ariel Wolf, Kelly DeMarchis Bastide, Julia Kernochan Tama and Michael Signorelli.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Cividanes; Stuart Ingis

Other key lawyers:

Ariel Wolf; Kelly DeMarchis Bastide; Julia Kernochan Tama; Michael Signorelli; Reed Freeman Jr


‘The team is made up of both legal and non-legal professionals who are tops in their respective fields. Whether the issue is security, privacy, email, lobbying, advertising, breaches, or even new and emerging areas such as genomics or automated vehicles, Venable has invested in talent that is world-class and yet accessible to their clients.’

‘I’ve worked extensively with Michael Signorelli, partner, who excels at making sure that his clients receive practical and business-impacting advice in all manners of areas which are important to my organization. These range from regulatory guidance, legal compliance, lobbying strategy, technical advice and even business advice. In my experience, Mike’s clients have ready access to him – making them that much better prepared to succeed.’

‘I know it sounds cliched, but Venable’s Cyber law practice acts as a true partner in dealing with me and my company. Most firms give lip service to this notion, but Venable genuinely puts it into practice. They not only strive to provide cost-effective and practical guidance to my client, but they also also try to make me look good in the process!’

‘Aside from the fact that Milo Civadanes is an extremely smart, talented, practical, organized and cost-effective attorney who knows his subject-matter like no one else, the three attributes that stand out to me are: (1) He is a genuine person who I have a personal connection with and trust and who breathes the same values that I and my company try to follow; (2) Milo has such a breadth and wealth of experience (especially in the policy-making arena) that I can rely on Milo not only for the black letter legal advice but also for a deep understanding of how to tackle legal questions for which there is no clear answer or precedent, which is often the case in this field; and (3) Milo really understands how to communicate with in-house counsel and senior management – he is the master of taking a complex legal issue that could go in a thousands different directions and summarizing it into a one page memo.’

‘Venable has served as our outside counsel for privacy and data security matters for at least 7 years. They have deep experience and knowledge in the advertising space as well as active involvement in privacy legislative discussions/activities at the federal and state level. They also have significant experience in helping companies navigate exchanges with government regulators and investigators. These capabilities and strengths have made them invaluable both in the context of addressing risks to the Company as well as for long term planning as it relates to our privacy practices.’

‘Mike Signorelli acts as our primary outside counsel for privacy matters. He has provided invaluable advice and support for all our privacy processes and strategy. He also does an excellent job of being involved in and keeping us up to speed on the rapidly developing/changing regulatory landscape so that we are not in a position of reacting to developments but instead we are prepared for them. He also gives thoughtful business focused advice taking into account the competing needs of our business and is excellent at helping us navigate the legal and PR risks associated with the business.’

Julia Kernochan Tama was our lead counsel in addressing and responding to a government investigation. Julia is extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful in her advice and representation. She displays a level headedness, confidence and experience level that provided a lot of comfort to us during what was a very significant legal matter facing our Company. We felt that we were certainly benefiting from her experience in similar matters. She deftly handles surprises and is thoughtful and creative in addressing problems. She was also appropriately communicative and willing to marshal firm resources to support us throughout our responses, even when many of our internal resources were needed for other activities.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise. They have provided invaluable guidance when navigating particularly complicated areas of law. Specifically, Kelly DeMarchis Bastide has been a great partner for our organization.’

Key clients

Privacy for America

Association of National Advertisers (ANA)

Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law


Network Advertising Initiative (NAI)

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA)

Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media (PRAM)

Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

American Association of Advertising Agency (4A’s)

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

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

Venable LLP offers a wide range of corporate services,  and is particularly known for advising on public and private deals. The practice also handles related transactions including joint ventures, tender offers, divestitures, reorganizations and liquidations; continuity business planning is another strength. Charles Morton Jr is particularly recognised in the private equity space, focusing on technology and healthcare; he splits his time between Baltimore and Washington DC. Morton jointly chairs the group with Washington DC-based Robert Bolger Jr, who regularly represents start-up companies. The group also has a Los Angeles offices, which is noted for its expertise in media and entertainment, including digital media and branded merchandise businesses. In additional to transactional work, the practice also advises on corporate governance, securities compliance and regulations, and shareholder litigation.

Practice head(s):

Charles Morton Jr; Robert Bolger Jr

Other key lawyers:

Ronn Davids

Key clients

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

PapGene, Inc.


GenRock Investment

ClassPass Inc.

Bento Box Entertainment, LLC

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 1

Venable LLP's non-profit organisations practice is housed primarily in Washington, DC, and covers the full gamut of matters spanning complex taxation matters and corporate governance issues. Practice head Cynthia Lewin advises clients on compliance, tax litigation and transactional matters, alongside co-chair George Constantine who has experience advising public charities and advocacy groups on governance issues, and lobbying and political activity. The core team includes Baltimore based Robert Waldman; key contact for international philanthropy and wealth planning measures, and Yosef Ziffer who handles charitable giving. On the litigation side, Eric Berman is of note, handling enforcement actions brought by federal regulators against charitable organizations and professional fundraisers. Counsel Lindsay Nathan in New York advises political groups and non-profits on federal, and local law, and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia Lewin; George Constantine

Other key lawyers:

Robert Waldman; Yosef Ziffer; Eric Berman; Lindsay Nathan

Key clients

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

American Bar Association

American Cancer Society

Common App

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

National Retail Federation

US Travel and Tourism Association

Project Management Institute

Volunteers of America

The Y (YMCA)

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Venable LLP is especially well known in the dietary supplement industry, with a strong track record in false advertising class actions and Lanham Act cases. The team is also highly skilled in the broader food and beverage sector. A key figure for this work is Washington DC-based practice lead Roger Colaizzi, who also has experience advising on state deceptive trade practices, direct-to-consumer marketing, social media advertising and celebrity and influencer endorsements. Jeffrey Knowles (also in Washington DC) is recommended for television marketing and e-commerce matters. Contacts on the West Coast include San Francisco-based Angel Garganta, who co-chairs of the class action defense group and focuses on food, beverage and supplement litigation; and Daniel Silverman in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Roger Colaizzi

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Knowles; Angel Garganta; Daniel Silverman


‘The lawyers at Venable are incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and creative in their approach to litigation. As in-house counsel, I felt like I was a member of the team.’

‘Dan Blynn, Steve Freeland and Liz Rinehart form an incredibly strong legal team. Dan and Steve are great advocates, both in briefs and in oral advocacy. Liz is a true professional in research and writing.’

‘The Venable team has a deep understanding of advertising and marketing law placed in the context of business constraints. They work with you to find legal solutions for the business at a reasonable cost.’

‘Roger Colaizzi is simply the best.’

Key clients

Response Marketing Group

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

iStream Financial Services


Digital Advertising Alliance

Coalition for Better Ads

Data & Marketing Association (f.k.a. Direct Marketing Association)




Officers of Yellowstone Capital

Fashion Nova

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

Venable LLP’s trial-ready team represents pharmaceutical, vaccine and medical device manufacturers in a variety of product liability and mass tort litigation. The firm is currently acting as national or co-national counsel in three MDLs. It is representing Merck both in disputes involving the shingles vaccine Zostavax® and in long-running litigation related to the osteoporosis drug Fosamax®. The firm also plays a lead role for Takeda in litigation surrounding proton-pump inhibitor medications. Baltimore-based Kathleen Hardway and Jason Rose, an experienced litigator, co-chair the group. Craig Thompson, an assertive trial lawyer and legal counsellor, is a name to note in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Hardway; Jason Rose

Other key lawyers:

Dino Sangiamo; Sally Bryan; Craig Thompson; John McCauley

Key clients

Merck & Co.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

The team at Venable LLP acts for clients across the full life cycle of REITs.  Known as 'experts in Maryland law', the firm is adept at managing the unique aspects of capital markets, corporate law and corporate governance work required of businesses and investment vehicles incorporated in the state. Thanks to its standing in Maryland, the team represents not only publicly traded REITs but private and non-traded REITs as well. Sharon Kroupa and James Hanks lead the firm from its Baltimore office, and both are known for their tenure and expertise in the practice area. Brian Field is also recommended for his expertise in both Maryland and general corporate law.

Practice head(s):

James Hanks; Sharon Kroupa

Other key lawyers:

Chris Pate, Brian Field


‘Experts in MD law. They were involved in drafting the relevant regulations. They are commercial and very experienced – best in MD.’

‘Sharon Kroupa is smart, commercial and great to deal with. Chris Pate is a real technical expert. Brian Field is an up and comer.’

‘The team at Venable is highly expert in the realm of Maryland and REIT law. The best in the business.’

‘Sharon Kroupa – highly expert, practical, results oriented and a creative problem-solver. She is delightful to work with.’

‘Brian Field is highly responsive and efficient, and has a deep knowledge of Maryland law.’

‘Jim Hanks is the dean of the Maryland REIT bar. There’s simply no one else in the same league.’

‘Everything, in a word. Experience, service, judgment. Jim Hanks and his team have it all.’

Key clients

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.,

Watermark Lodging Trust, Inc.

Special Committee of a Board of Directors of a REIT

Publicly Traded Mortgage REIT

Prologis, Inc.

Great Ajax Corp

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Steadfast Apartment REIT, Inc.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Essential Properties Realty Trust

Technology transactions Tier 2

Venable LLP has a well-regarded standalone team with strong expertise in contracts and counseling related to strategic sourcing, systems procurement, data exploitation and technology and asset transfers. The lawyers work closely with colleagues in M&A, IP and government affairs, and the practice also stands out for its advice to major nonprofit clients. The bulk of the team's lead partners are based in Washington DC, including the highly experienced William Russell, Nora Garrote, and Armand Zottola. James Nelson is one of the key contacts in the firm's San Francisco office. Emerging technology developers, life sciences and healthcare companies, and leading end-users are included in the team's client base.

Practice head(s):

Nora Garrote; William Russell; James Nelson; Armand Zottola

Key clients

GE Healthcare

Dura-Line (subsidiary of Orbia Advance Corporation S.A.B. de CV)

YogaGlo, Inc.

Wyndham Destinations

Noetic Partners

Shoshin Works, LLC

Electrify America LLC

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

In November 2020, Venable LLP hired a seven-partner construction team from Schiff Hardin LLP, bringing to the team experienced practice co-heads Kenneth Roberts and Heidi Rowe. The firm's existing connections with government organizations in Washington DC, in addition to a firm-wide strength in the infrastructure sector, perfectly complements the already-established construction team, which has experience working with corporate clients and government bodies. Roberts stands for his expertise in mediation and arbitration and splits his time between New York and Chicago. Rowe is solely in Chicago and has significant experience in contract drafting and negotiation. Also recommended are Amanda MacVey in DC, who has broad experience of contentious and non-contentious matters, and New York-based Gary Rubin, who acts for owners and contractors in alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Roberts; Heidi Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Amanda MacVey; Gary Rubin; James Frankel

Key clients

Metropolitan Council


American Airlines

Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

Sterling Bay


Equity Residential

Arisa Realty

Tammany Owner LLC

1228 Madison Development Lessee LLC

Outsourcing Tier 3

Under the leadership of William Russell and Armand Zottola in Washington DC and Jim Nelson in San Francisco, Venable LLP advises on technology-related transactions. Nora Garrote is another name to note in Washington DC.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

The team at Venable LLP focuses on life sciences, pharmaceutical and electronics litigation. With its wide range of expertise in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, including medical devices, Hatch-Waxman disputes, and related trade secret and unfair competition litigation, the loyalty of the group's clients comes as no surprise. The group's electronics clients benefit from the firm's prosecution practice in the sector. With a long string of litigation involving non-practicing entities under its belt, the team is a very good choice for this particular type of litigation. Additionally, the group is able to draw on the expertise of its colleagues in the government and regulatory affairs departments, for example for matters involving government contracts or FDA regulations. New York's Dominick Conde and Washington DC's Justin Pierce co-chair the practice. The trio at the helm of the technology litigation practice consists of Frank GasparoMichael Sandonato, both in New York, and Megan Woodworth in Washington DC. New York duo Scott Reed and William Solander lead the life sciences practice.

Practice head(s):

Dominick Conde; Justin Pierce; Frank Gasparo; Michael Sandonato; Megan Woodworth; Scott Reed; William Solander

Other key lawyers:

Frank Cimino; Christina Schwarz

Key clients


Urschel Laboratories, Inc.

Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Verizon Wireless

Mentor Graphics Corporation

Arthrex, Inc.

Currax Pharmaceuticals LLC

Allergan Inc.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Canon Inc.

Candid Care Co.

Prudential Financial Inc.

Novartis AG & Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Venable LLP's employee benefits and executive compensations practice primarily operates from the firm's offices in Washington DC, New York and Baltimore, and has recently been kept busy handling health and welfare plan mandates, including compliance with HIPAA and ERISA and healthcare reform matters. The client portfolio also includes not-for-profit, media and retail entities, which the group advises on 401(k) plan designs, tax-advantaged (403(b) and 457) plan advice, multi-employer plans and executive compensation agreements. Baltimore-based Thora Johnson jointly heads the practice with Juliana Reno in New York. Harry Atlas is also recommended in the Baltimore office.

Practice head(s):

Thora Johnson; Juliana Reno

Other key lawyers:

Harry Atlas

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

At Venable LLP, Steven Adducci and Gregory Wagner have experience advising shippers and pipeline companies on a range of regulatory matters. The duo are based in Washington DC.

Government contracts Tier 4

Venable LLP assists government contractors with a variety of matters, such as claims litigation, bid protests, suspension and debarment proceedings and investigations involving export regulations. Paul Debolt in Washington DC and Scott Hommer in Virginia are the primary contacts in the department.

Financial services regulation Tier 7

Based in Washington DC, Venable LLP's regulatory practice focuses on consumer banking and fields a team including a number of former counsel at the CFPB. Recently, the team has been active in advising fintech lenders on compliance, as well as assisting non-financial institutions involved in financial services, an example of which was advising Verizon on its device financing service. Andrew Arculin and Jonathan Pompan advise a wide range of clients on compliance at the state and federal level. Michael Bresnick is currently serving as independent monitor of Deutsche Bank following a settlement between the bank and the DOJ related to the packaging and sale of RMBS. Allyson Baker represents clients in investigations and litigation involving the CFPB and state attorneys general.

Practice head(s):

Allyson Baker; Jonathan Pompan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Arculin; Laura Biddle; Michael Bresnick


‘Very informed advisers in solving concerns involving high-risk sectors.’

‘Ellen Berge and Andrew Bigart both have deep expertise in the financial services industry and help us quickly benchmark and solve complex, high-risk issues.’

‘Venable’s team of attorneys, led by Allyson Baker, is top notch. They strive to keep our organization informed of all updates and modifications to consumer finance laws, rules and regulations. And instead of saying what we can’t do, they always strive to tell us what we can do.’

‘Venable’s financial services regulation practice is top notch, with a great breadth of experienced partners and associates who are regularly involved in industry events and stay up with current industry happenings.’

‘Gerald S. Sachs is an exceptional lawyer with a very good bedside manner. Great advocate with valuable federal agency experience. Easy to reach and always responsive.’

Key clients

Verizon Wireless


Transworld Systems Inc.

ClearPath Lending

National Pawn Brokers Association

University Accounting Service, LLC (UAS) (Transworld Systems Inc., subsidiary)

NMS Capital

Clarion Capital Partners

LendingUSA, LLC

Midland Credit Management

Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC

Electronic Transactions Association

Applied Data Finance d/b/a Personify

iStream Financial Services

Founded more than a century ago, Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits,  high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients’ business objectives in the US and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. The firm has built its practice around leading attorneys who have served in senior corporate, regulatory, prosecutorial, legislative, and executive branch positions.

Main areas of practice
Business: Venable represents and advises individual and corporate clients on banking and financial services matters, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, banking regulations, corporate finance and securities, employee benefits and executive compensation, franchise and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine finance, real estate and land use, strategic alliances and joint ventures, taxation, technology transactions and outsourcing, and trusts and estates. Venable represents and advises state and local governments and nonprofit organizations on municipal and tax-exempt finance and tax compliance. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, investors of all descriptions, state and local governments, and nonprofit corporations and associations, including healthcare and educational institutions.

Government: Venable advises clients on a wide array of issues related to pending legislation, government contracts, regulatory matters, and cybersecurity and risk management before state and federal authorities. The Venable team has extensive experience working with officials in numerous executive branch agencies, including the departments of agriculture, energy, defense, health and human services, homeland security, justice, treasury, and transportation. Venable attorneys and legislative advisors also work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Postal Regulatory Commission, US Postal Service, Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, OSHA, US Patent and Trademark Office, Federal Reserve Board, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other financial services regulatory agencies. Venable provides its clients with a full complement of government affairs and legislative support, including political analysis, issue management and direct advocacy, and preparation of draft legislation, congressional testimony, and committee report language.

Litigation: Venable’s litigation practice is broad enough to handle virtually all areas of civil and criminal law, and deep enough to handle bet-the-company litigation. General counsel at Fortune 500 companies look to the firm’s trial lawyers on matters ranging from defense against class actions to internal investigations. Venable handles all major areas of litigation, including appellate, products liability and mass torts, commercial disputes, labor and employment, antitrust, intellectual property, class action, and SEC and white-collar defense. Venable’s many former federal prosecutors have considerable experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in administrative and grand jury investigations.

Intellectual property: Venable’s IP attorneys practice in every aspect of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark, copyright, brand protection, trade secrets, antitrust, and unfair competition. With technical backgrounds and experience extending across a host of industries and technologies, the firm’s attorneys advise clients on all issues pertaining to domestic and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Venable also negotiates and drafts domestic and international licenses, joint venture and technology transfer agreements, and research contracts. Venable’s IP litigators represent clients before the International Trade Commission and aggressively enforce and defend intellectual property claims in venues across the country.

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Number of Partners : 346
Number of Lawyers : 823
Chairman : Stuart P Ingis
Managing Partners : Lawrence H Gesner
Managing Partners : Daniel P Moylan