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.
In 2022, Venable was named an LCLD Top Performer for the fifth consecutive year.
Joined LCLD 2011
Highlights of LCLD Participation
Hosted Leadership Lunch: 2019, 2018
2022: Christopher Kim; 2021: Witt Chang; 2020: Tamatane Aga; 2019: Calvin Nelson; 2018: Rishi Kapoor; 2017: Moxila Upadhyaya; 2016: Kishka Ford McClain
2022: Lauren Williams, D'Sean Williams-Brown; 2021: Dhananjay Adusumilli, Danielle Lawrence; 2020: Cindy Zuniga, Judith Kim; 2019: Mario Richards, Wenning Xu; 2018: Kerri Patterson, Ebony Thompson; 2017: JaMar Mancano, Jean Yin Crews; 2016: Gueter Aurelien, Witt Chang
1L LCLD Scholars Program
2022: Ashley Barnett, Julia Gan, Deana Gonzales, Annie Xu, Nicholas O'Connor, Bruce Dixon IV, Ashley Washaya, Candace Thomas; 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: 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013
Annual Meeting (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
Communications: Paul Bonner