Honors and Awards

Marilyn B. Chinitz, Kristina Royce, and Brett S. Ward Recognized in Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2023

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to share that our firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law partner Marilyn B. Chinitz and practice co-chairs and partners Kristina Royce and Brett S. Ward have been recognized in Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2023.

According to Variety, the attorneys featured in the Legal Impact Report 2023 are the "top entertainment dealmakers and litigators" who "score wins for their clients and make deals to keep them ahead of the curve." The honorees are recognized through a brief honoree profile that describe the focus of their careers, notable clients and cases, as well as a personal anecdote. 

To read Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2023, please click here.

The Blank Rome attorneys' honoree profile, as published by Variety, is copied below.


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Blank Rome’s Kristina Royce Named a 2022 Top Family Lawyer by Daily Journal

The Blank Rome team specializes in matrimonial law, an inherently contentious, emotional and personal field made all the more intense by their focus on celebrity and high-net-worth clients. Although their cases tend to be highly confidential, many have been widely covered in the press, including their handling of recent divorces for Channing Tatum, Jeff Garlin, Forest Whitaker and Arnold Schwarzenegger by Royce, and model/actress/author Emily Ratajkowski and Pamala Davis, the wife of 1-800-LAWYERS founder Bruce Davis, by Ward. Oft-quoted in the press, Chinitz has handled high-profile divorces for movie stars Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas and TV personality Wendy Williams over the course of her more than 40 years as an attorney. Royce and Ward co-chair the firm’s family law practice out of its Los Angeles and New York offices, respectively, and Chinitz works out of New York City and Greenwich, Conn., where she lives.

It’s not business, it’s personal: “They call attorneys two different things: lawyers and counselors. And in the matrimonial family law field, the term counselor plays a much larger role than in many other aspects of the law,” says Ward.