Blank Rome LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Down-to-earth attorneys”
  • “Best in Philadelphia”
  • “Unstable”
  • “Regional”

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. Along with a burgeoning government affairs subsidiary comprised of top lobbying professionals, 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 Alfred W. Zaher.

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.


February 2014

Expanding on Each Coast
Twenty-one attorneys, including five partners along with counsel, associates and additional staff from the law firms of Finestone & Richter and Margolis & Tisman LLP, joined Blank Rome. As a result of these additions, the firm significantly expanded its Los Angeles office, established an office in San Francisco and enhanced its New York office. 

October 2013

Closing Deals Midtown Manhattan
Blank Rome represented a partnership consisting of George Comfort & Sons, DRA Advisors LLC and RCG Longview-owners of the iconic Worldwide Plaza in Midtown Manhattan-in the sale of nearly half of its ownership interest in the property to American Realty Capital. The property is valued in excess of $1.25 billion-more than twice the 2009 acquisition cost. 

August 2013

Setting Sail with Blank Rome
All eight attorneys from Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau, P.C.-a leading Houston, Texas maritime law firm-joined Blank Rome's Houston, Texas office. These additions further enhanced Blank Rome's Houston presence and the firm's maritime and energy practices.

Environmentally Friendly

Blank Rome joined the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility throughout the legal industry. In Spring 2014, the firm joined the LFSN Leadership Counsel to help drive the organization's strategy and initiatives. Blank Rome Partner Kevin Bruno was also appointed treasurer of the LFSN board of directors.

July 2013

Driving Results
Blank Rome LLP represented IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and analytics, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of R.L. Polk & Co, a recognized leader in the automotive industry, and the owner of the Carfax service. The combination of R.L. Polk & Co. with IHS Automotive creates a comprehensive capability that will significantly enhance customers' insights and decision processes across the full vehicle lifecycle with analytics from product planning through manufacturing, sales and into automotive aftermarkets.

April 2013 - Present

Leaders Across Industries 
Over the past year, Blank Rome welcomed many prominent partners to the firm, such as: Matthew J. Thomas, a leading maritime attorney who works extensively on trade sanctions and export controls; Leslie D. Corwin, a leading partnership law attorney; James Odell, the former general counsel of UBS and Citigroup and one of the nation's leading financial services industry executives; Carlos Ortiz, a former federal prosecutor and litigator who led a global financial investigation resulting in one of the DOJ's most important successes; and Alan Lieberman, a former SEC litigation counsel involved in some of the SEC's highest-profile litigation matters.

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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 2014: 464

  • Employment Contact
    New York & Houston
    Elizabeth Halpern
    Attorney Recruiter
    Phone: (212) 885-5473
    E-mail: Washington, DC; Los Angeles; Asia
    Niki Kopsidas
    Attorney Recruiter
    Phone: (202) 944-3517
    E-mail: Philadelphia; Princeton; Wilmington; Boca Raton; Cincinnati
    Erica Wechsler
    Attorney Recruiter
    Phone: 215.988.6958

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles; New York
    1st year: $160,000 Washington, DC
    1st year: $150,000 Philadelphia. PA
    1st year: $140,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 15 (2013)

  • 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
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Princeton, NJ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Shanghai
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