Honors and Awards

Stephanie Gantman Kaplan and Joseph G. Poluka Named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Best of the Bar

Blank Rome Partners Stephanie Gantman Kaplan and Joseph G. Poluka have been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Best of the Bar, which honors the Philadelphia region’s top 40 attorneys who, within the last 12 months, have “distinguished themselves in their practice specialties.” Stephanie and Joe were recognized in the categories of Employment Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigation, respectively.

The Best of the Bar nominations were judged by a panel of the publication’s editorial board and independent judges and evaluated based on noteworthy and recent achievements, including the business impact of their work and the significance of the results they achieved. This year’s class will be profiled in a special edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal on October 30, and honored at the 2020 Best of the Bar virtual awards event on October 29.

To learn more and see a full list of 2020 Best of the Bar honorees, please click here.

Stephanie Gantman Kaplan

Stephanie Gantman Kaplan counsels and defends companies in all areas of labor and employment law. Through proactive training, prompt investigations, and thoughtful auditing of employment policies and practices, Stephanie works with her clients to develop best practices and limit legal exposure. She also represents businesses in negotiations, litigation, and arbitrations nationally. Stephanie previously served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Joseph G. Poluka

Joseph G. Poluka has extensive experience representing clients in the investigation and defense of a wide variety of criminal, civil, and regulatory matters, including complex fraud related to securities, financial institutions, healthcare practitioners, employee conduct, political corruption, taxation, and the environment; he advises clients on reducing and eliminating the risks of the financial, reputational, and other effects of potential violations. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he also served as the deputy chief of the Violent Crimes, Terrorism & Immigration Fraud Section and as coordinator of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.