Co-Managing Partner, Venable LLP


Lawrence Gesner is the former Chair of Venable’s Business Division and has been with the firm for 13 years. He was named Co-Managing Partner in 2016. Lawrence is frequently recognized as a top real estate lawyer and also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of an Anne Arundel County community organization.

Venable’s diversity initiatives include recruiting diverse lawyers through a variety of organizations, a Preceptor Program that provides mentoring to all first- and second-year attorneys, a women’s initiative, and pro bono activities for minority communities. The firm also sponsors many diversity events and has been named a top firm by MultiCultural Law magazine. Venable was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2018 and 2019. 

Joined LCLD 2011

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch: 2019, 2018
Fellows nominated: 
2021: Witt Chang; 2020: Tamatane Aga; 2019: Calvin Nelson; 2018: Rishi Kapoor; 2017: Moxila Upadhyaya; 2016: Kishka Ford McClain

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2021: Dhananjay Adusumilli, Danielle Lawrence; 2020: Cindy Zuniga, Judith Kim; 2019: Mario Richards, Wenning Xu; 2018: Kerri PattersonEbony Thompson; 2017: JaMar Mancano, Jean Yin Crews; 2016: Gueter Aurelien, Witt Chang

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Jarius McDade, Bria Manlove, Javen Kostrzewa, Cara Ta, Daniel Schwartz, Virinchi Sindhwani; 2020: Jennifer Couch, Aneesa Mazumdar, Abigail Rose, Kristie Sham; 2018: Jayne Chung, Amanda Mitchell, Maria Nava Gutierrez, Sydney West; 2017: Karachi Achilihu, Makalia Griffith, Adam Kwon, Purti Pareek; 2016: Steven Morris, Ra'anaa Samad

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013

Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

Member: Lawrence Gesner, Daniel Moylan

Diversity Professionals: Nora Garrote, Stephanie L. DeLong

Communications: Paul Bonner