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
1L LCLD Scholars Program
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: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013
Annual Meeting (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
Diversity Professional: Stephanie L. DeLong
Communications: Paul Bonner