Awards

2018

  • The Legal Aid Society of New York City's 2018 "Pro Bono Publico" Award to John Kiely, in recognition of of providing exceptional pro bono services to low-income New Yorkers.
  • The Veterans Consortium’s 2018 "Law Firm/Corporate Pro Bono Mission Partners" Award to Blank Rome and VMware, Inc., in recognition of their pro bono service on behalf of our nation's veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors.
  • KIND's "Pro Bono Attorney of the Month" Award to David Cabello, in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants over the past 10 years.
  • Virginia State Bar Association’s “Pro Bono Hero” Award to Lisa Kaas, in recognition of her work providing legal assistance to low-income Virginia residents through the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers website.

  • Human Rights First’s “Pro Bono Star” Awards to Kierstan Carlson and Victoria Ortega, in recognition of their recent work on representing three Central American families in complex and challenging asylum cases.

  • Our Community Salutes of South Jersey’s 2018 Corporate Excellence Award to Blank Rome, in recognition of the “outstanding legal work” the Firm has provided, pro bono, to Our Community Salutes.

  • 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.
  • Pro Bono Partnership's "Volunteer of the Year Award" to Carol Gershon, in recognition of her pro bono work and tremendous contributions to nonprofit organizations throughout the New Jersey area.
  • Texas Access to Justice Commission's "Champion of Justice Award" to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm's Houston office raising one of the largest amounts of money in the “medium-size” law firm category in the Champions of Justice Firm Competition.
  • D.C. Court's "Capital Pro Bono Honor" to 46 Blank Rome  Attorneys, in recognition of providing 50 or more hours of pro bono service per year. 

2017

  • SeniorLAW Center's and AARP Pennsylvania's "Equal Access To Justice" to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm's outstanding efforts to make the world more just for the most vulnerable.
  • Equal Rights Center's "Outstanding Public Service Award" to John E. Heintz, in recognition of his contributions towards the advancement of civil rights and support of ERC’s mission to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations in the Greater Washington, D.C., community and nationwide.
  • City of Philadelphia's Official Citation to Blank Rome, in recognition of its essential role in the formation of Take Action Philly (“TAP”) and efforts in protecting the City’s immigrant population.
  • Texas Access to Justice Commission's “Champion of Justice Award" to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm's Houston office raising one of the largest amounts of money in the “medium-size” law firm category in the Champions of Justice Firm Competition.
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers' "Equal Access to Justice Champion Award" to Blank Rome, in recognition of the Firm's Houston office for being “a model for pro bono legal services in the community.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PathWays PA’s “Partner 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.
  • City Bar Justice Center’s “Jeremy 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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.
  • 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.

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.