Brian Schwalb, Venable's Vice Chairman, is a trial lawyer and civil litigator who helps clients address a broad range of challenging issues that confront businesses, organizations and their stakeholders.
Mr. Schwalb represents clients across a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from real estate, commercial and contract litigation, to corporate and partnership ownership, governance and management disputes, business tort cases, partnership and limited liability company disputes, employment and compensation disputes, estate and trust contests, and tax controversies.
Mr. Schwalb's trial work and advocacy skills have been recognized by prestigious organizations and publications. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers in each U.S. jurisdiction. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr. Schwalb was listed in Best Lawyers in Washington, DC for Commercial Litigation and Bet The Company Litigation, and he was also selected to appear in District of Columbia Super Lawyers. Mr. Schwalb has received Martindale Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating.
While he has been recognized as one of the nation's top trial lawyers, Mr. Schwalb's practice extends far beyond the courtroom, with a focus on providing advice that allows his clients to avoid, respond to and/or resolve issues sensibly and efficiently. In all cases, he applies sound business judgment and a collaborative approach to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to his clients' most difficult challenges.
After a two-year judicial clerkship with the late Hon. John R. Hargrove, Sr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Mr. Schwalb served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, prosecuting and defending civil tax matters on behalf of the United States in courts throughout the Southeast.