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.
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.
Though we have had to adapt to the many changes that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic, we remain as committed as ever to the recruiting and development of top talent and the future of the Firm. As an example, for our 2020 Summer Program, we took advantage of a unique opportunity through our virtual environment 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 on client chargeable and pro bono matters 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.
News & Awards
After operating out of the Chrysler Building for 40 years, Blank Rome relocated its New York office to the recently redesigned, iconic 1271 Avenue of the Americas, formerly known as the Time & Life Building, located in Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. The firm is the first tenant in this brand new, high-efficiency, Platinum-Wired-certified office and building space, which is pending LEED Gold certification.
For the fourth year in a row, Blank Rome has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”) Foundation. With this score, the firm is designated as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the HRC and joins the ranks of major U.S. businesses that earned top marks this year.
In its biannual diversity and inclusion newsletter, Blank Rome celebrates highlights from its annual Women’s Leadership Summit, reports on current and new initiatives aimed at advancing women in law and promoting LGBTQ+ equality, and provides an overview of the firm’s numerous diversity and inclusion headlines, communications, accolades, and events over the last six months.
Since January 1, Blank Rome has added a significant volume of top-level lateral attorneys across numerous practice areas in highly competitive legal markets around the United States—notably New York; Los Angeles; and Washington, DC—as part of its robust 2019 growth strategy.
- Overturning 25-year precedent, helped secure landmark NY Court of Appeals ruling enabling non-biological, same-sex parents, without formal adoption, to seek custody and visitation of co-parented children.
- Represented Paddy Power Betfair, international leader in sports betting and gaming, in merger with FanDuel, who redefined fantasy sports, creating the U.S.’s largest online sports destination.
- Trial counsel for Chiquita Brands International in anti-terrorism MDL and in Alien Tort litigations involving thousands of plaintiffs and Colombian common law.
- Advised Seaspan Corporation, multinational container ship company, on $1 billion portfolio financing program, labeled as a “first-of-its-kind financing in the shipping space.”
- Mansfield Certification, 2018
- Corporate Counsel’s Best of 2019 (M&A Practice)
- Law360 Practice Group of the Year, 2018 (Government Contracts; Insurance Recovery)
- A 2019 Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Firm for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness
- Ranked in Top 10, The American Lawyer’s 2018 Midlevel Associates Survey
One Logan Square
130 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 569-5500
Chairman: Alan J. Hoffman
Managing Partner and CEO: Grant S. Palmer
Hiring Partners: Kathleen Cunningham & Mark Rabinowitz
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Los Angeles; New York; and Washington, DC
1st year: $180,000 ($190,000 at 2,000 hours)
Summer associate: $3,462/week Philadelphia and Houston
1st year: $165,000 ($175,000 at 2,000 hours)
Summer associate: $3,173/week
Erica B. Rovinsky
Legal Recruiting Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 13
No. of International Offices: 1
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Corporate, M&A, & Securities
Energy, Environment, & Mass Torts
Finance, Restructuring, & Bankruptcy
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Maritime & International Trade
Matrimonial & Family Law
Tax, Benefits, & Private Client
White Collar Defense and Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.