Honors and Awards

Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Highly Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Matrimonial & Family Law Group

Chambers High Net Worth 2020 has highly ranked Blank Rome’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice group and partners Marilyn B. Chinitz, Norman S. Heller, Stacy D. Phillips, Kristina Royce, and Brett S. Ward. Chambers High Net Worth 2020 also highly ranked Lawrence S. Chane, Partner and Co-Chair of Blank Rome's Tax, Benefits, and Private Client practice group, in the area of Private Wealth Law in Pennsylvania.

As profiled in Chambers High Net Worth 2020:

Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group

New York (ranked Band 2): Blank Rome is "one of the go-to firms for family disputes in New York," says a local interviewee, who continues: "They have a great reputation and you know your client will be in good hands with several attorneys in their firm." The firm's family law team represents clients in divorce and custody cases and assists with marital agreements. "When you walk into a courtroom," says a source, "they will be respected as a firm who will do a good job and run a strong case."

California (ranked Band 2): Blank Rome is highly regarded in California for its family law services. "They are a very strong family law team – they are very knowledgeable, very compassionate and they care about giving value for their services," a commentator states. The firm provides pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and separation agreements and also assists with divorce matters, child support and spousal support. "One of their strengths is their teamwork and open-minded approach to litigation," remarks one interviewee, adding: "They explore all alternatives, listen to the team of attorneys and experts on each matter, and look for early resolution when possible. When it isn't, they are completely prepared for the complex litigation that follows." Another interviewee comments: "The attorneys are very sophisticated and experienced. They have excellent trial skills and their paperwork is timely, well researched and to the point."

Blank Rome's Matrimonial & Family Law Attorneys

New York:

Marilyn B. Chinitz (ranked Band 2) is a highly experienced family law practitioner who advises clients on divorce cases, custody matters and marital agreements. "She's pretty good," says an estate planning attorney, who adds that she "knows her stuff and is great at dealing with personal issues faced by clients." Other sources describe Chinitz as "excellent" and "simply amazing."

Norman Heller (ranked Band 1) has a superb reputation among interviewees for his handling of high-value divorce matters and custody cases. "I've worked with him many times in the past," says a market commentator, adding: "He has all the experience you could wish for in a trial lawyer handling tough cases like these. He is highly respected in this field." Another source says that Heller has "lots of experience and is a very, very effective lawyer," and also points out that "his bedside manner is fantastic, especially for clients facing tough situations."

Brett Ward (ranked Band 3) advises wealthy individuals on divorce, custody and child protection matters. "He's good in trials and is a very well-known lawyer," observes a fellow family attorney. Another interviewee says that "he was really respectful and understood the constant pressure involved in a high-profile divorce." 


Stacy D. Phillips (ranked Band 2) represents high net worth individuals for family matters in California. One source comments: "What a terrific lawyer. She is very responsive and very good at getting straight to the details. She is a diligent lawyer." A California estate planner states: "I refer work to Stacy quite a bit, I am impressed with her work. She is very focused, her work is very good. She gets high marks from me and my clients." An interviewee says that they are "extremely impressed with her – she is extremely prepared and a great advocate," and adds: "She is extremely respectful, she is a good fighter and she is extremely respectful to the judge."

Kristina Royce (ranked Band 3) is an experienced family law practitioner. "I think she is amazing with clients," an interviewee enthuses, adding: "She stands out in her space, she is so empathetic and hard-working, she is all about the client and so focused. She really has an exceptional way of dealing with clients and trying to figure out how to get the case done." Another interviewee says: "I am very impressed with her. She is so good with negotiations and mediations, and in trial she is very prepared and a good fighter."

Private Wealth Law – Pennsylvania

Lawrence S. Chane (Band 2) was ranked individually in the area of Private Wealth Law – Pennsylvania. He advises high net worth clients on private wealth matters, including estate planning, tax issues and wealth transfer. His clients have praised him as a “good lawyer on both the business side and estate planning side” while another legal source noted "I highly respect him and think he is a great lawyer. He is a smart guy."

About Chambers High Net Worth

The guide covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorials about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families. Chambers High Net Worth also features listings and information about many of the top accountancy and tax firms, private banks, wealth management firms, and multi-family offices acting for high-net-worth individuals. For more information on Chambers High Net Worth 2020, please click here.