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About Blank Rome LLP

With around 600 attorneys, Blank Rome has been a Philly staple since the 1940s, but the firm isn’t exclusive to the City of Brotherly Love—its 13 offices span the U.S. and China. 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; and intellectual property. Additionally, the firm has nationally and internationally recognized maritime, matrimonial, insurance recovery, 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 who wanted to create a diverse and inclusive work environment following their exclusion from other local firms as a result of religious discrimination. 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.” 

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, government contracts, insurance recovery, 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 and communications, energy, defense and national security, transportation, and health care. 

A Firm that Trials Together

If there is one thing that Blank Rome takes seriously, it is professional development. Each associate helps select a career development advisor focused on that associate’s level and with whom the associate meets at least quarterly. The firm has a competency-based career development framework—which informs assignments—and also a robust feedback processes, in which virtually every supervising lawyer actively participates and provides feedback to associates at least twice per year (over 98 percent participation each time). The firm hosts a variety of training programs, including its annual Blank Rome Trial Academy, through which associates are divided into teams and participate in intensive practice sessions and mock trials—with coaching—in the courthouse at Philadelphia City Hall. Former and active judges serve as judges for the program, and attorneys and staff join in as jurors and witnesses.

COVID-19 Update

Though we previously had to adapt to the changes that resulted from the pandemic, we remained as committed as ever to the recruiting and development of top talent and the future of the Firm. As we plan for a post-COVID future, we will also capitalize on the innovations we developed during COVID. For example, we leveraged our increase in video conferencing usage Firm-wide to forge deep connections among our Summer Associates, and between our Summer Associates and the lawyers and administrative professionals at the Firm, on a nationwide basis. We also supplemented the extensive opportunities for exposure to legal work and the Firm’s practices with training and insights into the operations of the Firm as a business, as well as a more in-depth view of our clients and their industries. The feedback from the Summer Associates as well as from people across the Firm has been exceptional.

Blank Rome LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chairman: Alan J. Hoffman
Managing Partner and CEO: Grant S. Palmer
Hiring Partners: Susan Bickley, Melanie Carter, Kevin Doherty, Alan Freeman and Christopher Petersen
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:

Base Salary

Los Angeles; New York; and Washington, DC
1st year: $205,000
Summer associate: $3,942/week Philadelphia
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Erica B. Rovinsky
Associate Director of Attorney Recruiting
(215) 988-6958

No. of U.S. Offices: 14

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Princeton, NJ
San Francisco, CA
Tampa, FL
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE I Shanghai

Major Departments

Commercial Litigation
Consumer Finance
Corporate Litigation
Corporate, M&A, & Securities
Energy, Environment, & Mass Torts
Finance, Restructuring, & Bankruptcy
Government Contracts
Government Relations
Insurance Recovery
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Maritime & International Trade
Matrimonial & Family Law
Real Estate
Tax, Benefits, & Private Client
White Collar Defense and Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.