Honors and Awards

Marilyn B. Chinitz, Kristina Royce, and Brett S. Ward Recognized in Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2024

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to share that 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 2024 Legal Impact Report.

According to Variety, the attorneys featured in the 2024 Legal Impact Report are "entertainment’s top dealmakers and litigators" who "are well-equipped to make award-winning wins for their clients." The honorees are recognized through brief honoree profiles that share personal anecdotes, describe the focus of their careers, and note significant clients and cases. 

To read Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2024, please click here.

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

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The practitioners at Blank Rome pride themselves on defusing high-profile disputes without attracting headlines. Royce handled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s divorce from Maria Shriver and continues to help celebrities part ways, mostly behind the veil of secrecy. Chinitz is similarly on the frontlines of celebrity divorces, having handled legalities for a long list of famous clients including Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, and Wendy Williams. Ward, based in New York City, is also known for repping celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski as well as publicity-averse athletes and other high-net-worth individuals.

Gender issues: “One of the issues in our area is going to be sexual identification,” Ward says. “The right to marry, the rights of the LBGTQ+ community, all flowed from similar rights that permitted abortions throughout the country that have now been overruled. The same thing is happening with some of the legislation affecting gender identity, which is certainly going to affect relationships, marriages, childrearing and adoption.”

Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2024