Chambers USA 2012 Recognizes Blank Rome Attorneys and Practices

June 7, 2012

Blank Rome is pleased to announce that its practice groups and attorneys have again been ranked in Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  The 2012 edition of Chambers USA recognized Blank Rome practice groups in 12 categories this year, and also ranked more than 40 Blank Rome attorneys as “leaders in their fields.”  The qualities on which rankings were assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

The Firm received five National practice rankings in

  • Government: Government Relations;
  • Investment Funds: Venture Capital;
  • Transportation: Shipping: Finance (New York);
  • Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York)—#1 ranking; and 
  • Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)—#1 ranking.

In Pennsylvania the Firm was ranked in:

  • Banking & Finance—#1 ranking;
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring— #1 ranking;
  • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity;
  • Labor & Employment;
  • Litigation: General Commercial; and
  • Real Estate.

In Delaware the Firm was ranked in Bankruptcy/Restructuring. 

Individual Blank Rome attorneys who ranked among this year’s best are:

Banking & Finance
Grant E. Buerstetta

Lawrence F. Flick II

Harvey I. Forman

Michael C. Graziano

Bruce R. Lesser

Mark I. Rabinowitz


Thomas E. Biron

Michael D. DeBaecke

Bonnie Glantz Fatell

Regina Stango Kelbon

Michael B. Schaedle

Joel Charles Shapiro

Raymond L. Shapiro

Eric Simonson

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Steven Dubow

Barry H. Genkin

Alan L. Zeiger

Corporate/M&A: Securities
Barry H. Genkin

Kevin J. Bruno

Investment Funds: Venture Capital
Louis M. Rappaport

Labor & Employment
Scott F. Cooper

Anthony B. Haller

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
Barry L. Klein

Litigation: General Commercial
Ann Blair Laupheimer

Stephen M. Orlofsky

James T. Smith

Ernest W. Chung

Real Estate
Joseph S. Finkelstein

Philip R. Rosenfeldt

Real Estate: Corporate
Martin Luskin

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Peter Foster Kelsen

Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
Thomas H. Belknap, Jr.

John D. Kimball

Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory
Jonathan K. Waldron

Chambers & Partners, the UK-based publishers of Chambers USA, conducted research by speaking to a vast range of lawyers and their clients (i.e., commercial users of legal services).  In-depth interviews with clients and with attorneys were done, each one lasting about half an hour.  Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of 50+ full-time researchers. 

Greater weighting was given to the views of the clients, and any biased viewpoints tended to cancel each other out.  All interviews were conducted purely for research purposes and were entirely confidential and unattributed.  The methodology for the research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. attorneys has been approved by the British Market Research Bureau.

 The rankings and editorial comment about attorneys are independent and objective.  Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team's findings.  Chambers is widely viewed among the most highly respected publications in the world that rate lawyers, in part because inclusion cannot be purchased.