Grant S. Palmer

Biography

CHAIR, LITIGATION DEPARTMENT

Grant Palmer is the chair of Blank Rome’s 300-member Litigation Department. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with significant trial experience. Grant has a proven track record of developing unique strategies and solutions to achieve favorable results on behalf of clients. Grant represents his clients’ needs in a wide range of areas, including class actions, cybersecurity, corporate and shareholder litigation, employment, restrictive covenants, bad faith, insurance coverage, RICO, patent and intellectual property, fraud, unfair trade practices, personal injury, products liability, and trade secrets. He has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations and has significant experience with record retention issues and programs.

Grant is frequently consulted by clients concerning preventative counseling, data protection, and retention of document issues. He also has substantial experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to limit litigation expense and exposure.

He publishes on a wide array of issues impacting business litigation, and he is frequently asked to speak at events, seminars, and legal education programs across the country. Recently, Grant presented on “Cloud Computing’s Impact on Litigation,” as well as “Streamlining Client and Counsel’s Relationship.”

Chambers USA notes that “a grateful client describes him as a ‘problem solver,’ and values Palmer’s ability to ‘really understand how corporations operate.’”

Grant serves on Blank Rome’s Executive Committee and is also the chair of Blank Rome’s Pro Bono Committee.

He began his career as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Outside the Firm

Grant lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three children.

Experience

  • A defense contractor who was victim of largest criminal fraud in history of Pennsylvania concerning enforcement of judgment and recovery of assets and funds throughout the world.
  • A food manufacturer, in shareholder dispute involving control of the voting shares of the company; obtained trial victory and favorable rulings from Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on two separate occasions.
  • A travel company, in multimillion dollar Unfair Trade Practices/Consumer Protection Act lawsuit; obtained summary judgment on behalf of client and prevailed on appeal before the Supreme Court of California.
  • A financial institution, in lender liability lawsuit alleging millions of dollars in damages; obtained complete defense verdict at trial.
  • A patent holder, in a patent enforcement matter involving method for sterilizing alcohol; obtained $1 million verdict.
  • A staffing and financial services company, in action involving non-competition agreement; obtained injunction and monetary damages.
  • A bank, in large class action defending RICO claims based on alleged telemarketing fraud conducted by Bank’s customers.
  • A patent holder, in prosecution of software patents which resulted in recoveries exceeding $25 million.
  • A death row inmate, in post-conviction proceedings resulting in client’s death penalty being reversed.

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Recognitions

  • Litigation: General Commercial Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • AV-Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014–2017, “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Bucknell University Alumni Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Homeless Advocacy Project
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Philadelphia VIP Program
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
Professional Activities

Grant serves as a board member and executive committee member of the Homeless Advocacy Project and the Legacy Youth Tennis & Education Center. He is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award for devotion of time and energy to public service activities. Grant regularly volunteers with numerous legal services organizations dedicated to providing equal access to the legal system for those in need. He is a past chair of the Federal Courts Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Bucknell University, BA, cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD