October 3, 2015 |
DLA Piper, the world's second-largest law firm by number of lawyers, has set its sights on growing in Philadelphia. Philadelphia managing partner Carl Buchholz said DLA plans to double its lawyers here to around 100 within a few years, building on its litigation and intellectual-property practices. Although revenue from corporate clients industry-wide has seen only tepid growth in recent years, DLA leaders say they are confident that the firm's national and global platforms will draw the lawyers they want to recruit and new clients.
February 12, 2015 |
Former Blank Rome chairman David F. Girard-diCarlo and his wife, Constance, announced a $5 million gift Tuesday to the Villanova University law school for the establishment of a center on ethics and compliance. The center, launched a few months ago, will offer course work, programs, and conduct research on corporate compliance and ethics, an area of increased focus by business, government regulators, and law enforcement. "Adhering to the highest ethical standards in your profession and encouraging others with whom you interact to do the same can and will create a culture that promotes achievement," said a statement released by Girard-diCarlo and his wife, a lawyer and former Aramark executive.
November 12, 2014 |
Blank Rome L.L.P. said Tuesday it plans to open an office in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 17 comprising 11 lawyers and seven support staff, reflecting growth in its litigation practice there. The firm said the new office will have capacity to expand to 20 lawyers. In addition to the planned Fort Lauderdale office, the firm has two other locations in Florida, in Tampa and Boca Raton. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-5957@cmondics
April 24, 2014 |
David Kittner, 95, of Jenkintown, a lawyer and longtime partner at Blank Rome L.L.P., died Friday, April 18, at his home. A native of North Carolina, he graduated from Weldon (N.C.) High School in 1934 and went on to earn a business degree from the University of North Carolina in 1939 and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Between the two degrees, he was an accountant and served a short time in the Army at the Presidio in San Francisco. Mr. Kittner joined Philadelphia-based Blank Rome in 1956.
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.
January 14, 2013 |
Jack Harris and Buddy Berger freely admit that the timing wasn't the best. It was the fall of 2009 and Harris and Berger, colleagues in the Wilmington office of Chester County-based Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco, decided to strike out on their own. Both had worked for big firms, Harris at Reed Smith and Berger at Blank Rome, among others. They liked their situation at Riley Riper. But they had the entrepreneurial itch, and thought they might be able to do better on their own. The problem was that the legal marketplace in the fall of 2009 was in a tailspin.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
January 13, 2012 |
Law-firm mergers are bouncing back to their prerecession levels, providing further evidence the industry is stabilizing after the financial collapse of 2008 and 2009, according to a survey by the legal-consulting firm Altman Weil. Nationally, the Newtown Square firm said, there were 60 mergers in 2011, including a handful involving Philadelphia-area law firms. Altman Weil said the merger pace reflected confidence about expanding into new markets. "We saw a dip during the recession," Altman Weil principal Ward Bower said.
January 12, 2012 |
Leonard P. Nalencz, 65, of Center City, a lawyer and partner with the firm of Blank Rome, died of lung cancer Saturday, Dec. 31, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Nalencz joined Blank Rome in 1973 and became a partner in 1977. For many years, he served as chair of Blank Rome's tax department and the combined tax and fiduciary departments. "He spent his entire career - nearly 40 years - with Blank Rome," said Alan J. Hoffman, the firm's managing partner. "His exemplary client service earned him the privilege of representing generations of families with the most intimate details of their lives.
September 27, 2011
By Christopher Paslay Earlier this month, around the time the Phillies fell into their offensive funk, another local team found itself in trouble. The School Reform Commission, put in place a decade ago to help revive the city's struggling public schools, was beginning to implode. Last week, two of the SRC's five members - Robert L. Archie, its chairman, and Johnny Irizarry - announced their immediate resignations. Along with a vacancy created by David F. Girard-diCarlo's departure in February, that forced the remaining members to postpone a meeting for lack of a quorum.