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May 9, 2011 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1988 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1988 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1990 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 20, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
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 . cmondics@phillynews.com 215-854-5957 @cmondics
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August 22, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerome Richter, a longtime leader of the Blank Rome law firm who played a key role in its expansion in the United States, died Sunday at his home in Florida after a seven-month battle with cancer. He was 73. Richter was a senior partner at Blank Rome before his retirement in 2009 and had played a prominent role in recruiting lawyers and managing overall growth strategy. He was known as an accomplished strategist and trial lawyer who also handled major appellate cases and had argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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BUSINESS
June 30, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
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 . cmondics@phillynews.com 215-854-5957 @cmondics
BUSINESS
June 14, 2016
Kenneth I. Trujillo, La-Toya Pope Hackney , and Wendell E. Pritchett have been elected to the board of the public broadcaster and media provider WHYY, Philadelphia. Trujillo is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P. Pope Hackney is assistant general counsel for TE Connectivity Ltd. (formerly Tyco Electronics). Pritchett is a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as deputy chief of staff and director of policy for Mayor Michael Nutter.
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May 27, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Carl M. Buchholz, 51, of Flourtown, a Philadelphia lawyer and civic leader who was tapped by President George W. Bush to help create the White House Office of Homeland Security after 9/11, died of cancer Monday, May 23, at his home. "He was an unmatched leader as well as one of the most dedicated, forthright, and effective colleagues I've had the privilege to work with," said Drexel University president John A. Fry, who knew Mr. Buchholz as a friend and Drexel board member. "He fought hard and bravely over the past year against the disease that took his life.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
It was only two years ago that Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney pulled off the second-largest merger in its history with the acquisition of 90-lawyer Fowler White Boggs and its five offices in Florida. Now, the firm is on the hunt again, seeking to fill geographical needs on the East Coast, and in California and Texas. The point man for all this is incoming CEO and chairman, Joe Dougherty, who will take the reins June 1. Dougherty, who is Philly-based and is the first Buchanan chair outside Pittsburgh, sees no urgent need to grow, and says the firm will be picky about expansion.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Law firm mergers and acquisitions reached a record number last year as firms sought to overcome static growth in corporate legal spending by grabbing market share. Nationwide, there were 91 such mergers, three more than in 2014, according to Newtown Square-based legal consultant firm Altman Weil. Among Philadelphia firms that acquired smaller law firms in the United States and abroad were Morgan Lewis, Fox Rothschild, Cozen O'Connor, and Blank Rome. "Law firm mergers and acquisitions are a primary strategy to acquire new business in a market where demand is flat or constrained," said Altman Weil principal Ward Bower.
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