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Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP was profiled and recognized as a 2017 Pennsylvania Powerhouse by Law360, which stated in its report:

“As shale gas production continues to power Pennsylvania's economy, Blank Rome LLP in 2017 helped smooth the path for two massive construction projects harnessing that gas: Shell Chemical Appalachia's $6 billion petrochemical processing facility and the 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline, now a project of Energy Transfer Partners.

Work on behalf of these two energy giants, along with continued success in servicing the middle-market businesses that have been its lifeblood in Pennsylvania for years, helped place the Philadelphia-based firm on Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses list.”

The profile highlights the Firm’s notable entry into Pittsburgh, with George Medved serving as the office's administrative partner, which grew out of the Firm’s 2011 expansion into Texas and burgeoning growth and capabilities in the energy sector.

"Two and a half years ago, we were sitting on the outside looking in at what was going on in the energy sector,” Mr. Medved added. "Now, we are representing the major players in energy market."

Law360 also expands on Blank Rome’s recognition as a Pennsylvania Powerhouse by stating that the Firm “continues to be a go-to firm for growing businesses in the region,” and that the Firm’s significant capabilities, growth, representations, and clients in the energy, intellectual property and technology, banking and financial services, real estate, and middle-market arenas, as well as its prolific national litigation practice and deep bench strength and prominent regional attorneys, significantly enhanced the Firm’s profile.  

Law360 concludes by examining what lies ahead for Blank Rome, noting that the Firm is seeking to penetrate the technology area in Pittsburgh more thoroughly, and hopes to leverage its 2016 acquisition of over 100 attorneys from Dickstein Shapiro LLP—which introduced two new practice groups, government contracts and insurance recovery—to benefit existing Pennsylvania corporate clients.

"Where we did not have that expertise in the past, we can now offer that to them," said Blank Rome Chairman and Managing Partner Alan Hoffman. "I think that will be really a growth area."

To read Blank Rome’s full 2017 Pennsylvania Powerhouse profile, please click here.

"Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Blank Rome," by Dan Packel was published in Law360 on September 26, 2017.