Founded more than a century ago, Venable LLP provides first-class legal services as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large corporations, mid-sized organisations and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. Today, Venable is an AmLaw 100 firm. With over 600 attorneys in nine offices across the country, the firm is strategically positioned to advance its clients’ business objectives in the United States and abroad. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business law, regulatory, legislative and complex litigation matters, as well as on the full range of IP disciplines. The firm has built its practice around leading attorneys who have served in senior corporate, regulatory, prosecutorial, legislative and executive branch positions.
Technology and intellectual property
Venable’s IP attorneys practise in every aspect of IP law, including patent, trademark copyright, brand protection, trade secret, antitrust and unfair competition. With technical backgrounds 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 licences, 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 IP claims in forums across the country.
Corporate and business transactions
Venable represents and advises individual and corporate clients on banking and financial services matters, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, banking regulatory issues, corporate finance and securities, employee benefits and executive compensation, franchise and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine finance, real estate and real estate finance, strategic alliances and joint ventures, taxation, technology transactions and outsourcing and trusts and estates. Venable represents and advises state and local governments and non-profit organisations on municipal and tax-exempt finance and tax compliance. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, investors, state and local governments and non-profit corporations and associations, including healthcare and educational institutions.
Government and regulatory affairs
Venable advises clients on a wide array of legislative, government contract, regulatory, civil and criminal matters before state and federal authorities. The Venable team has extensive experience working with officials in the executive branch, including agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Defence, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury and Transportation. Venable attorneys also work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the US Postal Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Association, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Reserve Board 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, as well as preparation of draft legislation, congressional testimony and committee report language.
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 defence of class actions to internal investigations. Venable handles all major areas of litigation, including appellate, product liability and toxic torts, commercial disputes, labour and employment, antitrust, construction, intellectual property, class action and Securities and Exchange Commission matters and white collar defence. Venable’s many former federal prosecutors have considerable experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in administrative and grand jury investigations.
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