Honors and Awards

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Blank Rome Attorneys and Practices

Blank Rome is pleased to announce that its practice groups and attorneys have again been ranked by Chambers USA. The 2017 edition of Chambers USA recognized Blank Rome in a number of categories, and also ranked 68 Blank Rome attorneys as “leaders in their fields.” The rankings were assessed according to technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

The Firm received National practice rankings in:

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Government: Government Contracts
  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder
  • Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York) – Nationwide – #1 ranking
  • Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (Outside New York) – Nationwide
  • Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory – #1 ranking

In Delaware, the Firm was ranked in:

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring

In the District of Columbia, the Firm was ranked in:

  • Insurance: Policyholder
  • Labor & Employment

In Pennsylvania, the Firm was ranked in:

  • Banking & Finance – #1 ranking
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring – #1 ranking
  • Environment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

In Eastern Pennsylvania, the Firm was ranked in:

  • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Litigation: General Commercial

In New Jersey, the Firm was recognized in:

  • Litigation: General Commercial

In Texas, the Firm was recognized in:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation: General Commercial

Individual Blank Rome Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA 2017:

Banking & Finance

  • Kevin J. Baum
  • Lawrence F. Flick II
  • Harvey I. Forman
  • Danielle V. Garcia
  • Michael C. Graziano
  • Bruce R. Lesser
  • Mark I. Rabinowitz


  • Leon R. Barson
  • Thomas E. Biron
  • Paul Bennett Bran
  • Michael D. DeBaecke
  • Regina Stango Kelbon
  • Josef W. Mintz
  • Michael B. Schaedle
  • Joel Charles Shapiro
  • Raymond L. Shapiro
  • Stanley B. Tarr

Capital Markets: Securitisation

  • Grant E. Buerstetta

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

  • Linsey B. Bozzelli
  • Steven Dubow
  • Alan L. Zeiger


  • Kevin J. Bruno
  • Michael L. Krancer

Government: Government Contracts

  • Richard J. Conway
  • David M. Nadler

Government: Political Law

  • Scott E. Thomas

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder

  • John E. Heintz
  • Jared Zola

Insurance: Policyholder

  • John A. Gibbons
  • John E. Heintz
  • James R. Murray

Intellectual Property

  • J. David Cabello
  • Russell T Wong

Labor & Employment

  • Susan L. Bickley
  • Scott F. Cooper
  • Anthony B. Haller
  • Brooke T. Iley

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation

  • Jonathan A. Clark
  • Andrew J. Rudolph

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Barry Abrams
  • Ann Blair Laupheimer
  • Stephen M. Orlofsky
  • Grant S. Palmer
  • Daniel E. Rhynhart
  • James T. Smith

Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

  • Barry Wm Levine
  • Carlos F. Ortiz
  • Henry F. Schuelke III

Real Estate

  • Matthew J. Comisky
  • Philip R. Rosenfeldt

Real Estate: Corporate

  • Martin Luskin

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

  • Peter F. Kelsen


  • Daniel R. Blickman
  • Joseph T. Gulant
  • Cory G. Jacobs
  • Michael I. Sanders

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation

  • Thomas H. Belknap, Jr.
  • Michael K. Bell
  • Jeremy A. Herschaft
  • John D. Kimball
  • Keith B. Letourneau
  • Douglas J. Shoemaker
  • Richard V. Singleton II
  • Lauren B. Wilgus

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

  • Jeanne M. Grasso
  • Matthew J. Thomas
  • Jonathan K. Waldron

About Chambers USA

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