Venable LLP at a Glance


  • “Awesome associates”
  • “Sophisticated clients”
  • “The work is challenging but not overwhelming”


  • “Under-market compensation”
  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “Partnership prospects”

The Buzz

  • “Great people”
  • “IP”
  • “A bit full of themselves”
  • “Terrible morale”

About Venable LLP

Call it a victory for career services: Venable, Baetjer & Howard was formed in 1900 when Richard Venable, a law professor in Baltimore, partnered with two of his former students.

Over 100 years later, Venable LLP is a mid-Atlantic force that, until the capital markets meltdown, had defined itself by aggressive expansion. A politically-connected firm, Venable complements a conventional BigLaw practice with Beltway-specific work.  

A Morphing Midsized Regional

The venerable, mono-monikered Venable is a titan of the mid-Atlantic I-95 corridor (where seven of its nine offices are located). Venable specializes in corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. The firm's litigation practice carries a particularly heavy workload in products liability, toxic torts and environmental law cases, with corporate defense the group's overwhelming forte.

Venable has grown substantially since around the Millennium, thanks largely to a series of mergers. A 1999 buyout of Tucker Flyer LLP bolstered the firm's Beltway contingent and preceded Venable's campaign to increasingly target companies benefiting from government contracts. The acquisition also provided Venable with a convenient launching pad for dealings with tech clients in the bustling suburbs of northern Virginia. Six years later, the firm merged with Manhattan boutique Heard & O'Toole to provide litigation support in New York-the New York office now houses around 70 lawyers. A year later, Venable swallowed up smaller Los Angeles outfits Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff LLP and Gorry, Meyer & Rudd LLP, and in October 2013 the firm opened an office in San Francisco. The Cali additions represent the realization of Venable's long-held aspiration of establishing a presence in the comparatively far-flung region.

The same year Venable made its grand Hollywood entrance, the firm took on a new look at the top: longtime managing partner James Shea switched over to the chairman's seat, opening the door for lifelong Venable lawyer (and former associate White House counsel) Karl Racine to become the first black managing partner of an AmLaw 100 firm. One of Racine's first acts as MP was the successful pursuance of the L.A. firms.

Political Power

Venable is no slouch when it comes to political experience-the firm's past and current attorneys include a US Attorney General, two Maryland Deputy Attorneys General, three members of the Senate (Indiana and two from Maryland), four members of the House (California, Arkansas, Maryland, and Michigan), a former head of the DEA, a Secretary of Transportation, an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and eleven federal judges.

Perhaps most noteworthy among Venable's who's-who are Francis Murnaghan, who sat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for 21 years, and Senator Paul Sarbanes, who co-sponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and is father to John Sarbanes-a 17-year veteran of Venable and current member of the House. 


April 2014

Environmental Law Expertise
In a noteworthy addition to its national environmental group, Venableannounced that Bicky Corman, a longtime government regulatory attorney who served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined the firm as a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office.  Ms. Corman brought nearly three decades of experience on the front lines of environmental regulation, litigation and policy.  Prior to her tenure at the EPA, she served as the first general counsel for the District of Columbia's Department of the Environment. 

January 2014

Making a Career of Protecting Consumers
Government veteran David Strickland joined Venable as a partner.  Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate, Mr. Strickland served as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator from 2010 to 2014. While at NHTSA, Mr. Strickland oversaw a broad range of programs including setting vehicle safety standards, investigating possible safety defects and tracking safety-related recalls. Prior to his tenure as the NHTSA administrator, Mr. Strickland spent eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as senior counsel. Through this position, he served as lead counsel for subcommittees overseeing the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, NHTSA and the Department of Commerce. He will continue his focus on consumer protection laws in Venable's Regulatory group.

November 2013

Earning 'A's' with Clients
Venable was listed in the 2014 BTI Client Services A-Team report as one of the top 30 firms worldwide for client service. Survey results were based on feedback from 300 corporate counsels in 15 industries including banking, energy, pharmaceuticals and insurance. The Client Service 30 represents the top firms out of 336 which make up the A-Team. 

October 2013

Growing in the Golden State
Venable expanded to the Bay Area with the opening of its ninth office. The San Francisco office is the second Venable office on the West Coast. Thomas E. Wallerstein, partner and a well-known Bay Area commercial litigator, whose practice focuses on high-stakes commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation, joined the newly opened Bay Area office with a team of associates. 

September 2013

Winning Appeals in Maryland's Highest Court
Venable attorneys persuaded the Court of Appeals of Maryland to reverse a multimillion-dollar judgment based on a mesothelioma plaintiff's inability to prove that a product manufacturer, Georgia-Pacific, LLC, owed her a duty of care.  In 2008, Jocelyn Farrar filed suit against Georgia-Pacific, alleging that she was exposed to asbestos as a teenager while laundering the clothes of her grandfather, a long-time asbestos insulation worker.  He never used Georgia-Pacific's product (a cement that contained small amounts of asbestos), but Ms. Farrar alleged that her grandfather's clothes were exposed to it second hand by other workers.

June 2013

Who Needs Lifeguarding? Spend a Summer with Venable
Venable was named the Best Overall Summer Associate Program in the country by Vault. Additionally, the program also scored the top spot for Summer Associate Program that Best Prepares for Practice. "Our summer program is designed to provide a realistic snapshot of working at Venable," said Sharon A. Kroupa, Venable's managing director of professional development and recruiting and co-chair of the firm's Corporate Group. "We're all very pleased to know that those who have gone through the program considered it to be the right balance of hands-on work and preparation for their careers."

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Venable LLP

575 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 344-4000
Fax: (202) 344-8300


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Lindsay B. Meyer and Robert L. Waldman
  • Hiring Partner: Robert J. Bolger
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 603

  • Employment Contact
    Kera Wise
    Director of Attorney Recruiting
    Phone: (202) 344-8233
    Fax: (202) 344-8300

    Maria Krupinsky
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (410) 244-7813
    Fax: (410) 244-7742

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year:  $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,900 week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    26 out of 28 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate Law & Business Transactions
    Government & Regulatory Affairs
    Technology & Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Rockville, MD
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Towson, MD
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Wilmington, DE
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