Michele Ruff

Michele Ruff
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Phone: (410) 494-6264

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Member Since: April 25, 2006

About Venable LLP

About Firm

Venable LLP – A History of Client Service

For over a century, we have built our firm based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ businesses to fully understand the context of their legal issues. Our clients know that our every decision – from hiring, to shaping our service areas, to expanding our global reach – is informed by our desire to better serve their needs.

Comprehensive Solutions to Today’s Complex Issues

Today, Venable is an American Lawyer 100 law firm. With more than 600 attorneys in nine offices across the country, we are strategically positioned to advance our clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and abroad. Our clients rely on Venable’s proven capabilities in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs.

Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of their practice areas and bring a wealth of firsthand experience to the challenges and opportunities our clients face. In this era of ever-increasing scrutiny by the government, our clients benefit from Venable’s Washington know-how. Our attorneys, many of whom are former Members of Congress, regulators and senior government staffers, have the experience to provide solutions when government creates regulatory roadblocks.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate law and business transactions
Venable represents 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, joint ventures, taxation, technology transactions and outsourcing, and trusts and estates. Venable also represents clients 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 nonprofit organizations – including healthcare and educational institutions.

Government and regulatory affairs
Venable advises clients on legislative, government contract, regulatory, civil and criminal matters before state and federal authorities. Venable works with officials from the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, and Transportation. It also works closely with the EPA, FTC, FCC, Postal Regulatory Commission, US Postal Service, FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, OSHA, US Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Reserve Board and other financial services regulatory agencies. It offers a full complement of support, including political analysis, issue management, direct advocacy, and preparation of draft legislation, congressional testimony, and committee report language.

Venable’s litigation practice handles virtually all areas of civil and criminal law plus bet-the-company litigation. It advises Fortune 500 companies on matters ranging from class action defense to internal investigations. Venable handles major areas of litigation including appellate, products liability and toxic torts, commercial disputes, labor and employment, antitrust, construction, IP, class action, and SEC and white-collar defense. Venable’s many former federal prosecutors have experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in administrative and grand jury investigations.

Technology and intellectual property
Venable’s IP attorneys focus on patent, trade mark, copyright, trade secret, antitrust and unfair competition. It advises clients on domestic and foreign patents, trade marks, and copyrights. Venable also negotiates and drafts domestic and international licenses, joint venture and technology transfer agreements, and research contracts. The firm represents clients before the International Trade Commission and enforce and defend IP claims across the country.

Culture of Commitment

Each year, Venable attorneys and staff devote thousands of hours of their own time, money and talent to helping the communities in which they live and work. Venable’s commitment to social responsibility includes financial support through The Venable Foundation, one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier corporate philanthropic endeavors, which, in 2012, provided more than $2 million in support to organizations and programs in our local communities.

The Venable Edge

Venable aims to deliver the highest quality legal services for our clients, and we pride ourselves on identifying, recruiting and retaining the best and brightest attorneys and legal staff from all walks of life. Our clients profit from a diverse set of perspectives that, paired with more than a century of proven experience, is unique to Venable.

Managing Partner(s) Robert Waldman, Esq., Lindsay Meyer, Esq.

Venable LLP

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