Honors and Awards

Chambers High Net Worth 2021 Highly Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Matrimonial & Family Law Group

Chambers High Net Worth 2021 has highly ranked Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law practice group in California and New York as well as co-chairs Kristina Royce and Brett S. Ward and partners Marilyn B. ChinitzNorman S. HellerLois J. Liberman, Stacy D. Phillips, and Mary T. VidasChambers High Net Worth 2021 also 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 2021:

Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group

California (Band 2): Blank Rome has a well-respected matrimonial and family law group in California that advises high net worth clients on marital agreements, divorce proceedings, property matters, child custody and mediations. A client says: “They always have my back. They are direct, candid and very well informed.” Another client enthuses: “To me, their biggest strength is that they listen to me. When I have questions, they are answered. When I have input, it is heard. When I have concerns, they are addressed. I know they have many other clients, but I feel important.”

New York (Band 2): Blank Rome’s “fantastic” matrimonial department advises wealthy clients on complex divorce and custody issues. A matrimonial attorney notes: “It’s an excellent firm.” Another source explains: “The team is professional, serious, no-nonsense and has a strong reputation.”

Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law Attorneys


Stacy D. Phillips (Band 2) has extensive experience handling complicated divorce and custody cases for high net worth clients, as well as marital agreements. A source says she is “extremely knowledgeable in divorce and family law, and issues of control in a divorce.”

Kristina Royce (Band 3) does a “great job for clients,” says one peer, while another adds: “I think of her as a very responsible and smart attorney.” She has a wealth of experience handling prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, custody matters and the identification and valuation of assets. She has further expertise in mediation cases.


Mary T. Vidas (Band 1) advises on marital agreements, child custody cases and adoption matters, as well as complex divorces. “She does a fantastic job in divorces,” observes a trusts and estates attorney, who describes Vidas as “tough, smart and she has a super reputation,” adding that “she could be the biggest name in Pennsylvania” for family law matters.

New York:

Norman S. Heller (Band 1) advises high net worth clients on a range of matrimonial matters including divorce and custody matters. A source notes: “He is very smart, very fair, he’ a straight-shooter and an overall good attorney.”

Marilyn B. Chinitz (Band 2) advises wealthy clients on divorce and custody matters including international custody matters. Sources say she is “a good advocate” and “very creative.”

Lois J. Liberman (Band 3) advises on complex matrimonial matters, including same-sex divorce matters. An interviewee says: “She is outstanding and strategic.” Other sources say she is a “quality attorney” and “a fantastic lawyer.”

Brett S. Ward (Band 3) advises high net worth clients on divorce and custody matters. A source says: “He is excellent, he's a fantastic litigator.” Another interviewee explains: “He is super accessible, he gives good advice and is very responsive.”

Private Wealth Law – Pennsylvania

Lawrence S. Chane (Band 2) focuses on estate and tax planning for closely held businesses. “He is a good, business-oriented estate planning lawyer,” according to one fellow attorney, and another interviewee says: “He impresses me as an intelligent 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 editorial 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.