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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. 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 nationally and internationally recognized maritime, insurance coverage, and government contracts practices.

Pennsylvania Roots

Blank Rome’s history dates back to its founding as two-man firm Blank & Rudenko in 1946 by UPenn grads Samuel A. Blank and William B. Rudenko. Marvin Comisky—whose name was on the masthead for decades—joined the firm in 1959 and served as its first managing partner beginning in 1969. As Chancellor of the Philadelphia bar, Comisky was responsible for the city’s firms ending their practice of religious discrimination in hiring in the mid-1960s. The firm’s conference center at its headquarters is named after Comisky and affectionately called “The Marv.” Gil Stein, who headed the NHL in the early 1990s, was a partner in the firm in the 1970s before leaving for a job with the Philadelphia 76ers. Starting in the mid-1980s, the firm began growing through mergers—ten of them to date. In 2016, Blank Rome added about 100 attorneys from the now-shuttered Dickstein Shapiro.

Wide-Ranging, Yet Focused

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. Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party, worked part time for the governmental relations arm in the late 2000s.

Blank Rome LLP

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


Chairman & Managing Partner: Alan J. Hoffman
Hiring Partners: Kathleen Cunningham & Mark Rabinowitz

Base Salary

1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,462/week Philadelphia
1st year: $160,000
Summer associate: $3,077/week

Summer Program

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

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

Major Departments & Practices

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