Honors and Awards

Chambers High Net Worth 2018 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and New York Matrimonial Practice

Chambers High Net Worth 2018 has recognized Blank Rome LLP in Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth – New York, as well as our New York Matrimonial & Family Law Partners Norman S. Heller (Band 1) and Brett S. Ward (Band 3), and our Los Angeles Matrimonial & Family Law Partner Stacy D. Phillips (Band 4), for their "practical knowledge and leading practices."

Chambers High Net Worth 2018 also ranked Blank Rome’s Tax, Benefits and Private Client Practice Group Co-Chair Lawrence S. Chane (Band 2) individually in Private Wealth Law – Pennsylvania.

Regarding Blank Rome’s matrimonial capabilities in New York, Chambers High Net Worth 2018 notes that our Firm’s family law practice is well regarded for our work with high-net-worth clients as well as provides a comprehensive family offering, including the drafting of marital agreement documents and representing clients in litigation and mediation, and that our team is experienced in handling matters involving multiple jurisdictions and child custody issues.

In Chambers’ rankings, one client expresses their satisfaction with our Firm's work, saying: "They were attentive, they were timely and you always felt that your case was the most important they were dealing with." Other interviewees highlight Blank Rome's size as an important attribute, explaining that "it is bigger than most family law firms and that is helpful when you need to get briefs done. A lot of the matrimonial firms don't have enough resources or people to get things done."

Norm HellerChambers High Net Worth 2018 reports that Norman S. Heller, a partner in Blank Rome’s matrimonial practice group and administrative partner for the New York office, is considered "a smart and trustworthy lawyer who you can settle cases with." Sources praise his ability to find resolution in divorce proceedings, saying: "I think he's a very good lawyer and a very reasonable guy. If you're trying to settle a case, I think he's the guy to work with. He's affable, he's smart and he's reasonable, and that's a good combination that leads to settlement."


Brett Ward"Doing matrimonial law is half legal, and half psychotherapeutic, and Brett S. Ward excels at both," notes one interviewee. Another source enthuses: "He's just great at moving things along, keeping things on track and letting people know that this is where things are heading no matter what you say. He remains calm and focused while at the same time making it clear that he is in no way, shape or form being pushed around. He avoids hysterics yet exudes strength."


Stacy PhillipsRanked individually in Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth in California, Stacy D. Phillips was praised in Chambers' research by a Southern California lawyer, who says of a recent matter: "I was very impressed, the client was changing lawyers and needed somebody who might have a different touch than the scorched litigation strategy and I knew Stacy would bring a sophisticated, calm approach."


Larry ChaneIn Chambers’ research on private wealth law attorneys in Pennsylvania, Lawrence S. Chane was praised by clients: "He is a good lawyer on both the business side and estate planning side," observes one market insider, while another legal source enthuses: "I highly respect him and think he is a great lawyer. He is a smart guy."

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