4 attorneys 1 office


Samuel Blank and William Rudenko form Blank & Rudenko.

Samuel Blank and William Rudenko

History BReaks

Blank Rome was formed in 1946 by attorneys who, because of their religion, were barred from joining many established law firms. Our founders’ vision for our Firm was of a place where people of diverse backgrounds could gather to practice law.

While the Firm focused closely on corporate, labor, and real estate law, we were thinking about the "whole client." The Firm bulked up with litigators to meet the deluge of disputes related to social legislation, labor laws, banking regulations, and taxes set loose by the Great Depression and WWII.


20 attorneys 1 office


Edwin Rome served as counsel for Aaron “Treetop” Turner, a pro bono client on Pennsylvania’s Death Row. Mr. Turner was exonerated and freed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


The Firm anticipated the spike in corporate public offerings and expanded its securities practice with Daniel McCauley, a former commissioner of the SEC.


Merged with Brumbelow & Comisky in Philadelphia

Marvin Comisky & Edwin Rome


52 attorneys 1 office


Merged with Newman & Master in Philadelphia.


Blank, Rome, Klaus & Comisky adopted a formal management structure, appointing Edwin Rome its first Chairman and Marvin Comisky its first Managing Partner.

Philip Newman, Edwin Rome & Marvin Comisky

History BReaks

Blank Rome’s starting salary for attorneys was $6,500.

Hourly rates? No such thing. The Firm charged clients based on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s minimum fee schedule, which set prices for most legal tasks.

The Penn Central Railroad Trustees appointed the Firm as special counsel to its reorganization, permanently establishing the stature and reputation of Blank Rome as a significant national firm.

The Firm leapt forward with the most modern conveniences in the legal profession: electric typewriters and an interoffice telephone system.


108 attorneys 2 offices


Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley added specialists in asbestos litigation, municipal finance, healthcare, and environmental law.

Before most “big law” firms, the Firm expanded its white collar practice and added a matrimonial practice.


213 attorneys 4 offices


Began to represent Sun Oil spinoff SunGard. SunGard remains a client today.


Merged with Wexler Weisman Forman & Shapiro in 1984, significantly expanding the Firm’s bankruptcy practice.


Marvin Comisky was elected Chairman and David Girard-diCarlo was elected Managing Partner.

Raymond Shapiro, Marvin Comisky & Leon Forman

History BReaks

Developed capabilities to meet anticipated demand from the aviation and maritime industries and opened additional offices in the Greater Philadelphia region.


285 attorneys 9 offices


Jack Bershad was elected Chairman and Marvin Comisky became Chairman Emeritus.


Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley had grown to 230 attorneys serving clients in 42 states.


Combined with Wigman, Cohen, Leitner & Myers, enhancing the Firm’s foothold in Washington, D.C.

Jack R Bershad, Marvin Comisky and David F. Girard-diCarlo.

History BReaks

From new offices at One Logan Square, the Firm began its strategic expansion beyond Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, New York & Washington D.C. offices


498 attorneys 9 offices

Mergers & Geographic expansion



A transformative merger with Tenzer Greenblatt gave the Firm the strategic presence it needed in New York and brought in corporate, M&A, real estate, and matrimonial capabilities.

Added an office in Cincinnati, focusing on litigation, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

Fred Blume was elected Co-Chair and Administrative Partner and David Girard-diCarlo was elected Co-Chair and Managing Partner (for the fifth time).


Nathaniel R. Jones, former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and former general counsel to the NAACP, joined the Firm, later becoming the first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Enhanced the Firm’s pro bono program with the addition of Kathy Ochroch as the Firm’s first Director of Pro Bono Services and in 2014, required each lawyer to devote 25 hours to pro bono service on an annual basis.


Combined with Dyer Ellis & Joseph, adding intellectual property and maritime leaders and capabilities in Washington, D.C.. Established Blank Rome Government Relations LLC in Washington, D.C

As the Firm grew, our efforts to work collaboratively and in teams to better serve our clients’ needs was formalized with the formation of a practice group structure.

After serving as special assistant to the President and executive secretary at the White House Office of Homeland Security, Carl Buchholz rejoined the Firm and was named Executive Partner. In 2006 he was named Managing Partner of the Firm, succeeding Fred Blume.


Combined with Shack Siegel Katz & Flaherty in New York.


Combined with Healy & Baillie, expanding the Firm’s international Maritime and Commercial practices.

Opened Hong Kong office in October 2006.


Alan Hoffman and T. Michael Dyer elected Co-Chairs of the Firm.

The Firm hosted its first Women’s Forum Retreat and Diversity Retreat, bringing together attorneys from across the Firm.


Responding to the needs of West Coast clients, Blank Rome opened its Los Angeles office.

History BReaks

In 2003 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP streamlined its name to Blank Rome LLP.


620 attorneys 13 offices

Mergers & Geographic expansion



Opened Houston office and combined with Houston-based Abrams Scott & Bickley LLP.

Opened Shanghai office to address client needs with business operations around the world, particularly China-based clients with growing consumer and industrial enthusiasm for foreign products and technology.

Started Trial Academy program to provide attorneys with an opportunity to gain trial experience and develop critical trial advocacy skills through a mix of courses, on-their-feet practice, and coaching.

Alan Hoffman elected Managing Partner and Chair.


Added attorneys from Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler Law Firm in Washington, D.C.


Added the energy and maritime capabilities of Bell Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston.


Expanded Los Angeles office and opened Fort Lauderdale office.

Instituted mandatory pro bono service, requiring a minimum of 25 hours a year in September 2014.

Alan Hoffman re-elected Managing Partner and Chair.


Combined with Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri in Houston, an IP boutique law firm with Fortune 100 clients. Opened Pittsburgh office with five lawyers.

Held the first annual Energy Industry Update during which counsel from the energy industry, industry experts, legislative advisers, and Blank Rome energy attorneys discussed critical issues and matters affecting the energy industry.


Welcomed more than 100 lawyers from Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and New York, adding Government Contracts and Insurance Recovery practices and also enhancing its real estate finance, corporate, M&A, and private equity capabilities. Expanded national Matrimonial and Family Law group to Los Angeles with the addition of lawyers from Phillips Lerner.


Expanded Insurance Recovery team on the West Coast with additions from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.


Moved New York offices from The Chrysler Building to 1271 Avenue of the Americas.

Opened Chicago office.

Grant Palmer was elected Managing Partner & CEO, Alan Hoffman was re-elected as Chair.

History BReaks

  • Working Mother Magazine and Flex Time Lawyers named Blank Rome one of the 2015 "Best Law Firms for Women," recognizing its family-friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that help to advance women attorneys into leadership positions.
  • The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its 2016 Corporate Equality Index and conferred on Blank Rome a perfect score, designating the Firm as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality."
  • PNC Bank, successor to Broad Street Bank, Continental Bancorp, and Midlantic Bank, continues to be among the Firm’s biggest clients.
  • Blank Rome joined the OnRamp Fellowship, an innovative program that provides women re-entering the legal profession with opportunities to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms.
  • Achieved Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Certification, having affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and senior lateral positions, to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership.


640+ attorneys 14 offices


Continued expansion in key markets and practices. Welcomed 14 laterals—both in person and virtually!

In response to COVID-19, the Firm assembled a cross-practice group of attorneys to support client needs.

Colleagues from all offices seamlessly move to working from home as a result of the global pandemic.

Hosted the Women’s Leadership Summit in a virtual format for the first time.

The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee launched “Open Conversations,” a discussion series focused on racial equality topics and issues.

Hosted the Annual Emerging Litigation and Employment Law Issues for In-House Counsel, now in its 16th year, in a virtual format with attendees from across the United States.

Joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and created Pro Bono Working Groups to address the impact of racism on society.

Women's Leadership Summit