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 antitrust counseling & litigation; appellate litigation; an Asia practice; business restructuring & bankruptcy; class action defense; consumer finance litigation; corporate governance; cross-border/international; cybersecurity & data privacy; energy; environmental; equipment leasing and finance; family office; finance; government contracts; healthcare; insurance coverage; intellectual property and IP litigation; international litigation, defense, and arbitration; international trade; labor and employment; litigation; maritime; matrimonial and family law; mergers & acquisitions; policy and political law; product liability; real estate; securities; shareholder activism; tax; tax credit finance; trade secret protection, employee defection, and unfair competition; trusts & estates; and white collar defense & 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, insurance coverage and government contracts practices.

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 in 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 is actively engaged in various diversity programs and initiatives across the country, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows, Pathfinders and Success in Law School Mentoring Programs. Further, the firm enhances the recruitment of diverse law students into its summer program through a variety of 1L programs, including the Philadelphia Law Diversity Group for Philadelphia, the Houston Bar Association's Minority Opportunities in the Law Profession for Houston, an internship program for LGBT students in partnership with PNC Bank and the National LGBT Bar Association, and the firm's own Blank Rome Diverse Scholars Program for New York and Washington, DC.

Blank Rome is also proud of its initiatives regarding women's issues in the legal profession. Thefirm was an inaugural participating firm in Diversity Lab's first-ever Women in Law Hackathon, and has joined the Hackathon Alliance, a group that strives to implement and pilot the ideas that were developed at the Hackathon. The firm was also among the first law firms to join the OnRamp Fellowship, a re-entry platform that assists women returning to the workforce after raising children or fulfilling other familial responsibilities.

A Commitment to Pro Bono

Blank Rome has a long and proud history of pro bono involvement that traces its roots to the founding of the firm. Every attorney is required to perform a minimum of at least 25 hours of pro bono work annually and the firm encourages attorneys to exceed the mandatory minimum requirement, providing billable hour credit for up to 100 pro bono hours automatically. In 2016, over 99% of Blank Rome attorneys participated in pro bono and the average number of pro bono hours rose to 55 hours per attorney. In 2016, and early 2017, Human Rights First, The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Philadelphia VIP, the Houston Bar Foundation, the Support Center for Child Advocates, the SeniorLAW Center, and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of New York recognized Blank Rome, and its lawyers, for commitment to pro bono.

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Blank Rome LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Alan J. Hoffman
  • Hiring Partner: Kathleen Cunningham & Mark Rabinowitz
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 596

  • Base Salary

    NY & DC
    1st year: $180,000       
    Summer associate: $3,462/week

    Philadelphia
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    9 out of 10 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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) • 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