Awards

2017

  • SeniorLAW Center's "Champion of the Year Award" to Lawrence J. Beaser, in recognition of his support and advocacy for justice and the rights of seniors, and the significant impact he has made in improving and enriching the lives of others. (Click here to learn more.)
  • "LeGaL Foundation's "Community Vision Award" to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm's distinguished record of service to the LGBT community, including a sustained commitment to achieving equal rights for all members of the LGBT community. Partners Meg Canby and Caroline Krauss-Browne accepted on behalf of the Firm for their milestone victory in Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth C.C. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Top Law Firm Ranking" for Pro Bono Hours to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s commitment and hours dedicated to pro bono service. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Support Center for Child Advocates’ “Distinguished Advocates Award” to Michael Broadhurst and Megan Spitz, in recognition of their pro bono work with the Support Center, which provides pro bono legal and social services assistance advocating for abused and neglected children. (Click here to learn more.)

2016

  • Human Rights First’s “Marvin Frankel Award” to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s extraordinary dedication to human rights and commitment to pro bono service, as well as outstanding work on behalf of refugees, helping to set the bar for others to follow. (Click here to learn more.)
  • The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s “Making Justice Real Pro Bono Award” to Joseph J. Patry, an associate in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office, in recognition of his legal representation of tenants in the Housing Conditions Calendar in the D.C. Superior Court. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s “The Honorable Louis H. Pollack Champion of the Public Interest Award” to Lawrence J. Beaser, a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, in recognition of his lifetime of legal service as well as his exceptional service to and leadership on the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Philadelphia VIP’s “Volunteer of the Month Award” to Sheldon Bender, a paralegal in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of VIP clients. (Click here to learn more.)

2015

  • Houston Bar Foundation’s “Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions Award” to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s commitment to the Equal Access Champions Program, as well as its involvement with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (“HVLP”) and the adoption of a Saturday Legal Advice Clinic through HVLP. The Firm also received this honor in 2012. (Click here to learn more.)
  • The D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services honored Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C., office, for its outstanding contribution to pro bono service in the District of Columbia. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Top Law Firm Ranking" for Pro Bono Hours to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s commitment and hours dedicated to pro bono service. (Click here to learn more.)
  • PathWays PA’sPartner in Excellence Award” to Blank Rome and Samuel H. Becker, a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, for their work on behalf of women, children, and families in the Philadelphia region. (Click here to learn more.)
  • City Bar Justice Center’sJeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service” to Rustin I. Paul, an of counsel member in the Firm’s New York office, in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to expanding pro bono work on behalf of the disadvantaged. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Pennsylvania First Judicial District’s “Pro Bono Award” to Daniel E. Rhynhart, Antonio J. Burrell, Jared M. DeBona, Rosemary McKenna, and Naomi A. Zwillenberg, for the team’s advocacy on behalf of an elderly World War II veteran who had been defrauded of his home, cars, and possessions. The team was led by Blank Rome Partner Daniel Rhynhart, and the award is the District’s highest recognition. (Click here to learn more.)
  • Support Center for Child Advocates’ Inaugural “Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award” to Lawrence J. Beaser, a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, in recognition of his exemplary career in professional, public, and charitable service. (Click here to learn more.)

2013

  • Philadelphia VIP’s “William J. Brennan Award” to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s exemplary pro bono contributions. This is the highest honor presented by Philadelphia VIP, who previously bestowed the award to Blank Rome in 2012 and 2009. (Click here to learn more.)

2012

  • New York State Bar Association’s “Empire State Counsel Award” to Stephen T. Whelan, a partner in the Firm’s New York office, in recognition of his substantial pro bono services in 2012. (Click here to learn more.)
  • The Legal Intelligencer’s “Unsung Hero Award” to Megan E. Spitz, a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, for her work as a Child Advocate Attorney through the Support Center for Child Advocates, and her effective advocacy on behalf of her clients both inside and outside the courtroom. (Click here to learn more.)

2011

  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s “Pro Bono Award” to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s outstanding volunteer and pro bono efforts on behalf of the region’s homeless, disabled, seniors, and children, as well as the Firm’s representation of a client formerly on Pennsylvania’s death row. Blank Rome was nominated for this award by its public interest partners, Philadelphia VIP, the Homeless Advocacy Project, the SeniorLAW Center, the Support Center for Child Advocates, and the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defenders Association.
  • The Legal Intelligencer’s “Unsung Hero Award” to Leigh Ann Buziak, Lewis W. Schlossberg, and Jason A. Snyderman, for their work on behalf of Pennsylvania’s first-ever convict released from prison on the basis of after-acquired DNA evidence. The client, who was referred by the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, was seeking to have his record expunged, which the Commonwealth opposed, despite DNA evidence.
  • Senior LAW Center’s “Partner of the Year” to Blank Rome, for the Firm’s notable work on the Life Planning Pro Bono Legal Partnership, which enables attorneys to help low-income seniors prepare and execute advance planning documents, such as wills, living wills, and powers of attorney, at legal clinics in Philadelphia.
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s “White Hat Award” to Kathy E. Ochroch, a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office as well as the Firm’s director of pro bono services, for her dedicated volunteer work on behalf of people with disabilities.

2010

  • Philadelphia VIP’s “Chancellor’s Award” to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm’s leading pro bono contributions. This is the second highest honor presented by Philadelphia VIP, who previously bestowed the award to Blank Rome in 2008.