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Company Overview of Blank Rome LLP

Company Overview

Blank Rome LLP provides legal advisory services. The firm focuses on areas including antitrust litigation, restructuring and bankruptcy, workers compensation, financial services, intellectual property, leasing, mergers and acquisition, real estate, taxation, and estate planning. It caters to energy, healthcare, insurance, maritime, private equity, and real estate sectors. Blank Rome was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with additional offices in Boca Raton, Florida; Cherry Hill and Trenton, New Jersey; Cincinnati, Ohio; Media, Pennsylvania; New York City; Washington, District of Columbia; and Wilmington, Delaware.

130 North 18th Street

One Logan Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998

United States

Founded in 1936





Key Executives for Blank Rome LLP

Chairman and Managing Partner
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Blank Rome LLP Key Developments

Alfred Zaher Sues Blank Rome and its Chairman and Managing Partner

A former Blank Rome partner has sued the firm and its chairman and managing partner, alleging that he was terminated from the partnership to "steal" the business he generated and because management did not like his LGBT advocacy. Alfred Zaher, a well-traveled intellectual property lawyer during his 22-year career in Philadelphia legal circles, filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, naming Blank Rome, its Chairman and Managing Partner Alan Hoffman, intellectual property practice head Timothy Pecsenye and Blank Rome associate Matthew Homyk as defendants. Zaher had been an equity partner at Blank Rome since 2006. In the lawsuit, he claims that he was consistently able to generate fees in excess of $2.5 million per year and was "by far the most successful attorney in his practice area in developing clients and generating fees." But ongoing personal differences unrelated to the practice of law led to his expulsion from the Blank Rome partnership in 2014. More specifically, based upon his apparent disdain for Zaher's open advocacy for gay rights in the legal community, Hoffman often made unfounded and disrespectful comments in open meetings of firm attorneys disparaging Zaher's mannerisms and dress, and Hoffman displayed strong discontent and disapproval when Zaher organized and held a meeting of approximately 70 LGBT Philadelphia attorneys at the firm's Philadelphia offices, the complaint alleges.

Blank Rome And Dickstein Reportedly In Merger Talks

Blank Rome LLP is in talks to combine with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The discussions, according to one of the sources, are advanced. A latter former Dickstein partner said that the two firms have reached an agreement to combine by the end of the month and the deal has been in the works for at least the past couple weeks. Terms of the deal could not be determined. Alan Hoffman, managing partner of Blank Rome, said in an email that the firm does not comment on specific discussions.

Blank Rome LLP Welcomes Michael C. Cohen to the Firm as a Partner in the Los Angeles Office

Blank Rome LLP announced to welcome Michael C. Cohen to the Firm as a Partner in the Los Angeles office’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities group. Mr. Cohen focuses his practice on a broad range of corporate, real estate, and other business transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and general outside counsel representation. He joins Blank Rome from Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he was a partner for 16 years and head of the Los Angeles office’s Corporate practice group.

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