Venable LLP at a Glance


  • “High caliber of attorneys”
  • “Everyone seems supportive of taking time off”
  • “High profile clients”


  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “No 401(k) match”
  • “Technology”

The Buzz

  • “Great regulatory practice”
  • “Nice people”
  • “Nondescript”
  • “Boys’ club”

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 U.S. attorney general, a DC attorney general, two Maryland deputy attorneys general, four members of the Senate (Arkansas, 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.


February 2015

A Friend of the Court and Voters

Venable LLP represented the Congressional Black Caucus in its amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court this week, urging the Court to review the validity of Wisconsin's voter ID law under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The CBC's amicus brief was in support of the petition for certiorari in Frank v. Walker. Petitioners have asked the Court to review the 2011 Wisconsin law which imposes new voter identification requirements on citizens. The trial court struck the law down, finding that it disproportionately affects, and therefore disenfranchises, African Americans and Latinos. 

December 2014

A New Frontier

Venable scored an important victory on behalf of its client in the first test of what limits may be placed on reverse payment antitrust deals among drugmakers. The case against AstraZeneca and Venable client, Indian generics maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., challenged a 2008 settlement of a patent lawsuit that stalled sales of a cheaper version of Nexium in the U.S. until AstraZeneca's patents expired last May. The case is the first reverse payment suit to go to trial since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in that the Hatch-Waxman Act settlements could be challenged under federal antitrust law. 

True Bipartisanship

Venable reaped the benefits of the start of new congressional terms in the House and Senate by hiring Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR). Both bring a wealth of government knowledge to Venable's legislative practice, with Congressman Gerlach serving two terms in each the Pennsylvania House and Senate before serving six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Senator Pryor serving as Attorney General of Arkansas and a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives before his 12 years in the U.S. Senate. They join Venable partners Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN).

July 2014

Fresh Faces

Venable  added seven new attorneys to its Los Angeles office by acquiring Los Angeles-based boutique Weingarten Brown LLP. With substantial litigation experience in the fields of entertainment, intellectual property and business litigation, Alex Weingarten and his firm handled matters of significant depth and sophistication in the areas of media, corporate, real estate, finance, probate and bankruptcy litigation across the nation.

Proactive Pro Bono

Venable announced the creation of the Gerry Treanor Pro BonoFellowship, named in honor of the firm's late pro bono chair. In making the announcement, the firm's current pro bono chair, Seth Rosenthal said, "The amount of time we collectively devote to pro bono service is steadily increasing, yet we remain committed to making even more of an impact than we already do in the communities in which we live and work."  Through the fellowship, Venable sends one firm attorney, full-time, to a legal services provider every six months. 

June 2014

Banking on Baltimore

Venable represented the acquiring bank in its acquisition of 1st Mariner Bank from its holding company, First Mariner Bancorp, in a transaction resulting in a nearly $100 million recapitalization of 1st Mariner Bank. The transaction was a §363 bankruptcy sale (structured as a merger).  The acquiring bank was formed by a group of investors, including private equity firms and prominent members of the Baltimore business community.

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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 Partners: Lindsay B. Meyer and Robert L. Waldman
  • Hiring Partner: Robert J. Bolger
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 633

  • Employment Contact
    Kera Wise
    Senior 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:  $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,076 week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    31 out of 31 (2014)

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

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Rockville, MD
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Towson, MD
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Wilmington, DE
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