Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 15 offices and more than 680 attorneys and principals, including more than 350 litigators, who provide a full range of legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the United States and around the world. Our professionals are widely recognized for their leading knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of industries, but what really sets us apart is our investment in client relationships—our unwavering commitment to understanding their businesses, the around-the-clock access we provide, and our nimble and customized delivery of services. We treat your goals, ideas, and objectives as our own and fight fiercely for resolutions that are in your best interest. To learn more, visit www.blankrome.com.
WHAT SETS BLANK ROME APART
Our attorneys, at all levels, are always accessible and responsive.
Our combination of legal know-how and business acumen gives us a unique understanding of how to handle all types of matters to maximize positive results for our clients.
We treat our client’s business goals, ideas, and objectives as our own, taking a serious and thoughtful approach to crafting pragmatic solutions to best serve their interests.
We invest in building real, lasting relationships with our clients—an unwavering commitment to understanding their businesses with a nimble and customized delivery of services.
We are a law firm large enough to have the depth of resources needed to serve our clients’ sophisticated requirements, yet small enough to provide individualized service to satisfy its specific requirements.
Our proprietary client service and satisfaction program is designed to serve all our clients’ functional needs and requirements.
We consider the fee to be secondary to client service and intend to deliver extraordinary value commensurate with a mutually satisfactory fee arrangement.
Our unwavering ethical standards and approach as a firm to supporting and working within our communities, including: charitable investments, civic participation, diversity and inclusion, advancement of women’s leadership, required pro bono services, and sustainable practices.
Our Commitment to DEI At Blank Rome, we value diversity of identities, experiences, and backgrounds, which creates a more vibrant and dynamic work environment. Our firm’s culture is centered around collaboration, collegiality, entrepreneurial and familial spirit, and giving back to our local communities through service.
We have a dedicated Director of Diversity and Inclusion who works in collaboration with our firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Blank Rome DEI Affinity Groups include BR Parent, BR Pride, BR Advance (for women of color), BR United (BR Asian, BR Black, BR Latinx, BR MENA), BR Women.
Since its inception in 2017, we have joined Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule, which measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women and attorneys of color for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and lateral positions.
We are a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance since its inception in June 2020.
We are frequently recognized for our DEI initiatives by the legal and business communities.
Pro Bono Policy & Initiatives
Our formal pro bono policy requires each of our attorneys and paralegals to undertake at least 25 hours of pro bono service every year, which has led to more than 99 percent participation in pro bono work from our attorneys since 2015.
In 2022, Blank Rome attorneys and paralegals provided more than 31,000 pro bono hours.
We are frequently recognized for our pro bono work by the legal, business and nonprofit communities.
Saul Ewing’s Litigation Department features approximately 200 attorneys across 18 offices. We handle a wide range of matters including complex business and commercial disputes, bet-the-company legal proceedings, and high-profile cases in state and federal courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums across the nation. We represent local, regional, national and international organizations as well as individuals across a diverse array of industries, including but not limited to energy and environmental, financial services, construction, insurance, health care, food/beverage/agribusiness, life sciences, cannabis, higher education, sports/entertainment and real estate.
Our deep bench of litigators work to protect the interests of our clients and mitigate the impact of litigation on business operations in all phases of litigation, including investigation, pleadings, motions, fact and expert discovery and depositions, hearings, trials, appeals, settlement negotiations, and enforcement of judgments. Among our ranks are seasoned trial lawyers and former government officials and prosecutors, whose insight and strategic judgment are a valuable resource to our entire team.
Within these core areas of focus, we have extensive experience representing clients in pursuing and defending claims of breach of contract, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, fraud and misrepresentation, lender liability, property liability, negligence, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, antitrust violations, conspiracy, RICO violations, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, trade disparagement, false advertising, malicious prosecution, theft of trade secrets, intellectual property infringement, trespass, conversion, trust and estate controversies, partnership and corporate dissolutions and claims arising in shareholder and partner derivative actions, among others.
Our Approach:We start by tailoring a strategy to meet our clients’ objectives and risk management priorities, whether those focus on litigation avoidance, early settlement, resolution through dispositive motions, or pursuing a case through adjudication at trial. Using early case assessment tools, we develop a detailed roadmap for each case. We recognize that litigation can be expensive, distracting and time-consuming, and that our clients need cost predictability. Depending on client needs, we are able to create customized litigation plans and budgets at the matter, phase and/or task levels. Our project management team carefully monitors work volume and billing metrics to help ensure that our services align with project scope and needs, and to maximize proactive communication with clients about changes in cost, scope and/or strategy.
eDiscovery:For cases requiring electronic discovery, we rely on our in-house Litigation Support Services (LSS) team, which is driven by members with sophisticated technical knowledge and credentialing by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. With extensive experience managing complex eDiscovery collection, processing, review and production, our LSS team leverages advanced analytics and technology-assisted review to quickly identify and locate relevant information, process and analyze data efficiently, and help reduce overall litigation costs.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is one of the largest firms in the world specializing in the prosecution of complex litigation on a contingent basis. Kessler Topaz has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in the areas of shareholder, consumer protection & antitrust, and fiduciary litigation. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, and with an office in San Francisco, California, Kessler Topaz is comprised of a highly skilled team of attorneys, paralegals, in-house investigators, legal clerks and other personnel. The Firm proudly notes that it has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of its clients.
Kessler Topaz’s shareholder litigation practice focuses on the prosecution of securities fraud claims brought against public companies as well as their officers, directors, and advisors.
With a large and sophisticated client base — comprised of over 350 institutional investors of all types from around the world — Kessler Topaz has been entrusted to lead some of the most important actions being litigated in our field today.
In addition, Kessler Topaz has been a leader in implementing important corporate governance reforms designed to protect shareholder rights, improve shareholder value and prevent corporate mismanagement. The Firm has a robust Shareholder Derivative and Mergers & Acquisition Litigation Department which represents institutional investors in many important shareholder derivative actions. This Department also specializes in takeover litigation, actively representing institutional investors in actions where shareholders are not receiving fair value for their investments.
Notably, the Firm has also been at the forefront of representing institutional investors in non-U.S. jurisdictions in light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank. The Firm has previously, or is currently representing institutional investors in actions in the Netherlands, France, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, Portugal and Cyprus.
$3.2 billion settlement in In re Tyco International, Ltd. Securities Litigation;
$2.425 billion settlement in In re Bank of America Corp. Securities Litigation;
$2 billion trial judgment in In re Southern Peru Copper Corp. Derivative Litigation (largest damage award in Delaware Court of Chancery history);
$3.9 billion increase in value in In re Genentech, Inc. Shareholder Litigation;
€1.3 billion recovery in settlement with Ageas, N.V.(the Netherlands; successor entity to Fortis Bank, N.V.; largest shareholder recovery in Europe to date)
£900 million settlement in a group action against Royal Bank of Scotland (U.K.);
€323.8 million recovery in the groundbreaking Royal Dutch Shell European Litigation (the Netherlands)
Finally, Kessler Topaz also dedicates a large portion of its practice to complex litigation on behalf of consumers as well as public and private entities, including municipalities, state agencies, and multi-employer welfare funds. Kessler Topaz’s consumer protection efforts are global in scope and include consumer fraud and antitrust practice groups.