Blank Rome LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Values diversity”
  • “Best for matrimonial”
  • “Small”
  • “Stuffy”

About Blank Rome LLP

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 commercial and corporate litigation; consumer finance; corporate, M&A and securities; environmental, energy and natural resources; finance; intellectual property; labor and employment; maritime, international trade and government contracts; matrimonial; product liability; real estate; tax and tax credit finance; and white collar defense and investigations.

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, chemical, technology, energy and life sciences industries and sectors. Adding to the list, the firm recently expanded its focuses on consumer financial services; cyber security and data privacy; 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, DC 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 and national security, transportation and healthcare.

Diversity Driven

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 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 Committee, which is co-chaired by the Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion Christopher A. Lewis and partner Deborah Franzblau.

The firm's commitment to diversity begins with the support of its 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, brown bag lunches, guest speaker presentations 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 they 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.

The firm is actively engaged in various diversity programs and initiatives across the country, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Mentoring Program, the Philadelphia Law Diversity Group and the Rutgers PLUS program. In addition, the firm attends and sponsors various diversity job fairs and events throughout the year. Perhaps the firm's greatest commitment to supporting diversity in the legal industry is through its Blank Rome Diversity Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to outstanding candidates from partner law schools and employs first-year students in the firm's annual Summer Associate Program.

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Blank Rome LLP

One Logan Square
130 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998
Phone: (215) 569-5500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Alan J. Hoffman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 624

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles; New York
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week
    Washington, DC
    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,885/week
    Philadelphia, PA
    1st year: $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,692/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 17 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust Counseling & Litigation • Appellate Litigation • Asia Practice • Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy • Class Action Defense • Consumer Finance Litigation • Corporate Governance • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy • Energy • Environmental • Equipment Leasing & Finance • Finance • Government Contracts • Healthcare • Insurance Coverage • Intellectual Property • International Litigation, Defense, & Arbitration • International Trade • IP Litigation • Labor & Employment • Litigation • Maritime • Matrimonial • Mergers & Acquisitions • Policy & Political Law • Product Liability • Real Estate • Securities • Shareholder Activism • Tax • Tax Credit Finance • Trusts & Estates • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Philadelphia, PA (HQ) • Boca Raton, FL • Cincinnati, OH • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Pittsburgh, PA • Princeton, NJ • San Francisco, CA • Tampa, FL • Washington, DC (Foggy Bottom) • Washington, DC (Farragut Square) • Wilmington, DE Shanghai