May 9, 2011 |
Joining the rush of American law firms seeking to have a presence in China, Blank Rome said Monday that it has opened an office in Shanghai, and that it plans to serve Western clients with business there, as well as Chinese companies that want to do business in the United States. Firm cochairman Alan Hoffman said the goal is for the office to help clients transact both outbound and inbound business, and that it would be linked closely with the firm's office in Hong Kong, which opened in 2006.
February 18, 2016 |
It was a dash to the finish. The deal to combine Washington's Dickstein Shapiro with Center City-based Blank Rome was hatched on Christmas Eve and became a 45-day sprint as partners at both firms raced to close the transaction. Talks began at a lunch on Dec. 24 between Blank Rome chief operating officer Patrick Cavanaugh and Dickstein chairman James Kelly. Cavanaugh had reached out to Kelly after word began circulating that Dickstein's planned merger with St. Louis-based Bryan Cave had foundered over terms of the transaction.
November 1, 1988 |
A federal judge has effectively blocked an agreement that would have limited to $50 million the liability of a Philadelphia law firm in connection to the mercurial rise and collapse of a Florida savings and loan. Late Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill denied an order that would have approved a $50 million settlement between Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley and the plaintiffs - the Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corp. and the failed bank's shareholders. That $50 million settlement would have taken Blank Rome off the hook in any upcoming suits against Sunrise Savings & Loan Assocation - the Boynton Beach, Fla., thrift that went under after making bad real estate loans with the money of its depositors, mostly Florida retirees.
August 10, 1988 |
Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, one of Philadelphia's largest and most prominent law firms, yesterday agreed to pay $50 million to settle claims against it for its involvement in the collapse of a Florida savings and loan association in 1985. The payment, if approved by a federal judge overseeing civil suits filed in the matter, would be the largest legal-malpractice settlement in U.S. history. The previous largest legal-malpractice settlement involved the New York firm of Rogers & Wells.
March 23, 1990 |
A former secretary for the Center City law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she stole almost $211,000 from a bankrupt company whose trustee was represented by the law firm. Theresa Baylor, 40, of Philadelphia, was charged Wednesday with 12 counts of bank fraud after allegedly forging 12 checks with a total value of $210,860 from the estate of Kenval Marketing Corp. of Wayne. At the time of the alleged thefts, Baylor was a secretary in Blank Rome's financial-services department and worked for the lawyer who was representing the court-appointed trustee in the bankruptcy proceedings, the indictment alleged.
April 10, 2013 |
Fred Blume, 72, chairman emeritus of the prestigious Blank Rome law firm in Philadelphia, died Monday, April 8, at his Penn Valley home after a long illness. For several decades, Mr. Blume battled a rare pancreatic tumor, said his wife, Sylvia "Sivy" Blume. Despite his illness, he served as Blank Rome's managing partner and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2006. "He was totally and completely dedicated to Blank Rome," his wife said. Morey Rosenbloom, a longtime friend and partner at the firm, said: "He was a lawyer's lawyer.
December 20, 1990 |
Sixteen lawyers at the Center City law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley have been given pink slips, David Girard-diCarlo, managing partner of the firm, said yesterday. The layoffs were part of "across-the-board" cutbacks in the firm's practice groups, including the litigation, corporate, financial-services and real estate departments, he said. The cutbacks follow similar moves recently by other major law firms in Philadelphia and across the nation as the legal profession pares its workforce to meet the changing demands of a weakening economy.
January 28, 2016 |
Blank Rome, a Center City-based law firm with 550 lawyers, is reportedly in merger talks with Washington-based Dickstein Shapiro, and a deal could be announced within weeks. A national firm with a substantial regulatory practice in Washington, Dickstein has been plagued in recent years by partner defections. It once had as many as 500 lawyers, but has now dwindled to about 150. Blank Rome declined to comment on the merger talks, first reported by Bloomberg News, but a person familiar with the situation said that no final decision had been reached and that the talks could break off without an agreement.
June 30, 2016 |
Center City's Blank Rome said Tuesday that four lawyers and additional staff from the Los Angeles family-law firm of Phillips Lerner will join the firm effective Friday, adding to its matrimonial and family-law group. The lawyers are Stacy Phillips, Marc Lerner, Kevin Martin, and Pauline Martin. The group provides legal advice in matters such as divorce, custody, paternity, domestic partnerships, and dealing with domestic violence. In addition to her legal practice, Phillips is the author of Divorce: It's All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars . email@example.com 215-854-5957 @cmondics