Blank Rome LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Great Philly firm”
  • “Matrimonial practice is great”
  • “Formal”
  • “Tough”

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, restructuring and bankruptcy; intellectual property and technology; labor and employment; maritime, international trade and government contracts; matrimonial; products liability, mass torts and insurance; real estate; tax, benefits and private client; 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, maritime, 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; 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, 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, 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.


June 2015

Fresh Faces

Twenty-four attorneys and additional staff from the intellectual property law firm of Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P joined the firm in its Houston office on June 9, 2015. As a result of these additions, Blank Rome significantly bolstered its IP practice to more than 60 attorneys and broadened its service offering to clients.

January 2015

New Year, New Pro Bono

Blank Rome renewed its approach to pro bono. The firm implemented a mandatory requirement that each attorney commit to at least 25 hours of pro bono service per year. The firm continues to encourage attorneys to strive for at least 65 hours per year. First piloted in September 2014, the program drove participation to 99 percent by the end of the year, up from 59 percent in 2013. Overall hours surged in Q4 2014 to more than 18,000, up from 12,600 in 2013. Fully implemented in 2015, the firm recorded more than 8,000 hours in the first four months of the year, and it is forecasting record 2015 numbers.

How Yinz Doing?

Blank Rome announced that it was expanding its national platform with a new office in downtown Pittsburgh. The office is led by George M. Medved and includes partners Amy Joseph Coles, James P. Hollihan, Joseph T. Moran and Jayme L. Butcher. The five attorneys joined the firm's Litigation Department and have handled a broad range of complex litigation matters. Collectively, they have handled cases involving corporate, construction, trade secrets, non-compete and employment litigation, class action defense, as well as First Amendment, technology/Internet, antitrust, securities, intellectual property, derivative actions and creditors' rights litigation.

September 2014

Welcome Back!

Blank Rome joined the OnRamp Fellowship, an innovative, first-of-its-kind program that provides women lawyers re-entering the legal profession with an opportunity to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms. A select group of law firms across the country have been picked to participate in this unique pilot program that aims to replenish the talent pipeline with diverse, high-performing women lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles after returning to the legal industry from an extended hiatus. The firm welcomed its first fellow, Kathy Herman, in January 2015.

The Client is Always Right

Blank Rome practice groups and attorneys have again been ranked by Chambers USA. The 2015 edition of Chambers USA recognized Blank Rome in a number of categories, and also ranked 45 Blank Rome attorneys as "leaders in their fields." The rankings were assessed according to technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.

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Blank Rome LLP

One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998
Phone: (215) 569-5500
Fax: (215) 569-5555


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Alan J. Hoffman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 526

  • Employment Contact
    New York; Houston; Cincinnati; Washington, DC
    Elizabeth Halpern
    Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 885-5473
    Lateral Partner Recruiting – All Offices; Asia
    Niki Kopsidas
    Director of Lateral Partner Recruitment and Integration
    Phone: (202) 944-3517
    Philadelphia; Princeton; Wilmington; Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Francisco
    Erica Wechsler
    Legal Recruiting Specialist
    Phone: 215.988.6958

  • 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 and Bankruptcy
    Commercial & Corporate Litigation
    Consumer Financial Services
    Corporate Governance
    Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
    Employment, Benefits and Labor
    Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources
    Equipment Leasing and Finance
    Financial Reform
    Financial Services
    Government Contracts
    Government Ethics and Compliance
    Government Relations
    Intellectual Property
    International Litigation, Defense, and Arbitration
    International Trade
    IP Litigation
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Product Liability, Mass Torts, Insurance
    Public Companies
    Real Estate
    Shareholder Activism
    Trusts and Estates
    White Collar Defense and 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
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Shanghai
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