Blank Rome has been a Philly staple since the 1940s, but the
firm isn't exclusive to the City of Brotherly Love-its offices span
the U.S. and China, from New York to Shanghai. The firm boasts a
variety of specialized practice groups including maritime,
litigation, M&A, bankruptcy, real estate, consumer financial
services, chemical, energy and family law, along with a burgeoning
Wide-Ranging, Yet Focused
Over the course of the firm's existence, Blank Rome has developed
into a general practice firm, representing clients in the real
estate, financial services, maritime, chemical, health care,
technology, energy, life sciences, and transportation industries
and sectors. Adding to the list, the firm recently expanded its
focuses on consumer financial services, entertainment law, gaming,
and energy, petrochemical and natural resources.
Additionally, the firm has a nationally and internationally
recognized maritime practice.
While Blank Rome's practice scope runs the gamut, the firm also
boasts some niches. The Manhattan office houses some of the most
prominent (read: lucrative) matrimonial and estates and trusts
practices in the United States along with dominant practices in
mergers & acquisitions, international and maritime litigation,
financial services, and real estate. The firm's Washington, D.C.
office is home to leading IP, international trade, shipping,
litigation, and government relations practices. Blank Rome is one
of a growing handful of firms that has turned to lobbying to
complement its legal practice. Blank Rome Government Relations LLC,
established in 2003, lobbies on Capitol Hill and select state
capitals, focusing on influencing policy for clients in such areas
as technology & communications, energy, defense, transportation
and health care.
According to the firm, Blank Rome's diversity and inclusion goal is
threefold: (1) to make Blank Rome a place where everyone can do
their best work; (2) to make Blank Rome a place where everyone can
bring their "whole selves" to work; and (3) to attract and harness
our diverse talents and competencies to enhance the Firm's client
service. The firm was founded in 1946 by lawyers who were
restricted from joining many law firms due to their religion, which
laid the foundation for a long-standing commitment to diversity.
Today, the firm's diversity initiatives are spearheaded by a
diversity cabinet, which includes the firm's co-chair and managing
partner Alan J. Hoffman and Chief Office for Diversity and
Inclusion Christopher A. Lewis.
The firm's commitment to diversity begins with law students
through the Blank Rome Diverse Scholars Program, which awards
scholarships to outstanding candidates from partner law schools.
The firm supports firm-wide affinity groups for lawyers: the
Attorney of Color Affinity Group, the Women's Forum, and the LGBT
Affinity Group. The affinity groups provide a forum for the firm's
women and diverse lawyers to network and exchange ideas. Members of
the Diversity Committee are active participants in, and sponsors
of, each affinity group. The affinity groups host dinners,
receptions, and other events throughout the year that offer diverse
lawyers and professionals the opportunity to build and strengthen
relationships among the firm's offices.
The firm has developed and implemented a comprehensive
professional development program with dedicated professional
development managers in each of its departments. These individuals
advise and assist associates on an ongoing basis, and also
contribute to meaningful and practical training resources and
programs that help the firm's associates as they navigate and
develop their careers. In addition, through its Career Development
Program, the firm focuses on the development of all associates by
assigning Career Development Advisors who provide guidance on
recommended career milestones and setting professional goals.
IN THE NEWS
An Honor for Mr. Zaher
Alfred Zaher, IP partner, co-chair of Blank Rome's Diversity
Committee, and Chair of the Firm's LGBT Affinity Group, was
appointed to the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) Bar Association's board of directors.
Victory for the Jerz
In a published, precedential decision filed April 1, 2013 by the
Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, Blank Rome
successfully obtained a reversal of a $9 million verdict in
Henebema v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, et al. Blank
Rome was retained as appellate counsel by the two public entity
defendants, South Jersey Transportation Authority and the New
Jersey State Police, to appeal the verdict after a jury trial in
Philly Welcomes Mr. Krancer
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Michael L. Krancer rejoined Blank Rome LLP as a
partner in the firm's Philadelphia office. With more than two
decades of energy industry and public policy experience, Mr.
Krancer chairs the firm's Energy, Petrochemical and Natural
Resources Practice, enhancing the firm's existing energy and public
policy talent and advising U.S. and global energy clients in the
full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and
federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters.
Shuffle off to Buffalo
Blank Rome represented Iconix Brand Group, Inc. in connection with
its $76.5 million acquisition of a 51% interest in the Buffalo
David Bitton® ("Buffalo") brand from Buffalo International ULC. To
acquire the trademark, Iconix formed a new joint venture company
with Buffalo International ULC that will be the core licensee for
the new joint venture. The transaction closed on February 1,
A Big (Industrial) Deal
Blank Rome represented DRA Advisors LLC in a joint acquisition with
Westcore Properties Inc. of an 11.1 million-square-foot industrial
property portfolio for $600 million from JB Properties Co. The deal
is considered one of the biggest transactions for the U.S.
industrial market in 2012, according to Jones Lang Lasalle. Under
the terms of the transaction, DRA and Westcore acquired 110
facilities in Sacramento, California, St. Louis and