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Company Anniversary: Blank Rome LLP

Houston Business Journal

2021 marks both the 75th anniversary of Blank Rome LLP and the 10th anniversary of our combination with Abrams Scott & Bickley, launching our Houston presence. Blank Rome celebrates our support to numerous Houston charities and community programs during the past 10 years and our continuing commitment to the Houston community.

Company name: Blank Rome LLP

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Company founder: Samuel Blank and William Rudenko form Blank & Rudenko

Who leads the company currently: Grant S. Palmer, Managing Partner & CEO

Where was the business first located? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What led to the starting of the business? In 1946, Blank Rome was formed during a period of great change – the end of World War II and amid a time of religious discrimination. Our founders persevered and stayed focused on their vision of creating a firm where people of diverse religious and racial backgrounds could gather to practice law.

What is the history of your business? Blank Rome was formed in 1946 by attorneys who, because of their religion, were barred from joining many established law firms. Our founders’ vision for our firm was of a place where people of diverse backgrounds could gather to practice law.

While the firm focused closely on corporate, labor, and real estate law, we were thinking about the “whole client.” The firm bulked up with litigators to meet the deluge of disputes related to social legislation, labor laws, banking regulations, and taxes set loose by the Great Depression and WWII.

What has been the biggest lesson learned at your business? As we enter our next 75 years, we similarly find ourselves in a period of global transformation. But just like our founders, we remain committed to our clients and communities, to discovering opportunity amid change, and to making history – together.

This Company Anniversary spotlight was published in the Houston Business Journal on August 10, 2021.