Litigation Departments of the Year

Eager for Peace, Ready for Combat

Blank Rome is equally adept at litigation and litigation alternatives

New Jersey Law Journal


Blank Rome litigation department
Left to right, Blank Rome's Jonathan Korn, Seth Lapidow, Rachel Gallagher, Bruce Gorman, Stephen Orlofsky, Michael Conlan, Adrienne Rogove, Michael Rowe, David Kistler and Andrew Hughes

Blank Rome's litigation practice consists of 202 attorneys with experience handling a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts. It has deep bench in complex commercial matters and is as well versed in "bet the company" litigation as it is with litigation alternatives.

The department, with litigators in 10 offices — Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Princeton, Los Angeles, Houston, Wilmington, Del., Cincinnati, Boca Raton, Fla., and Hong Kong — has adapted effectively to rapid globalization and is equipped to serve the needs of clients on a national and international scale.

With several nationally known former judges among the practitioners, including Princeton office Administrative Partner Stephen M. Orlofsky, Blank Rome has built one of the superior arbitration and appellate practices among full-service litigation departments.

The Princeton office's litigators have extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, and represent corporations and individuals in general commercial, corporate, intellectual property, construction, appellate, securities and antitrust, white collar, entertainment, class-action, commercial and residential real estate, media and telecommunications, labor and employment, environmental, and other types of litigation.

Attorneys appear frequently before federal and state trial courts and appellate courts nationwide, as well as various arbitration associations; have received numerous awards; frequently lecture and publish articles concerning a wide range of issues relating to complex commercial litigation; support various charitable organizations; and regularly provide pro bono legal services.

Blank Rome is outcome-focused, but not to the exclusion of costs. Attorneys evaluate new litigation, meet with clients to explain issues and discuss goals, and formulate a plan, which also is reviewed with the client. Gaining an understanding of the issues and the client's goals at the outset can achieve immediate results.

When appropriate, attorneys attempt to meet with opposing counsel to discuss the possibility of early resolution. When an agreement cannot be reached, Blank Rome — along with the client — develops a strategy for achieving the client's goals in the most cost-efficient manner, including by developing a budget that identifies the attorneys assigned to the matter and their rates, estimated number of hours and disbursement by category. Blank Rome reviews this budget with the client and obtains approval before performing additional tasks.

Also, in order to respond to client demands and current economic challenges, the firm offers alternative fee arrangements, including flat- or fixed-fee arrangements, fixed monthly retainers, contingency agreements, capped or blended rates, and rate accommodations based on volume and other criteria.

Blank Rome by the Numbers
  Firm-wide N.J. Office
Department Size 202 15
Department as percentage of firm (head-count) 43% 3%
Department as percentage of firm (revenue) 39% 4%


Major Litigators:

• Stephen Orlofsky (partner, Princeton, admitted 1974) — heads the Princeton office and the firm's appellate practice; U.S. District judge from 1996 to 2003 and a U.S. magistrate judge from 1976 to 1980; has experience litigating, arbitrating, mediating and serving as a special master in a wide variety of matters, including appellate, commercial, securities, antitrust, intellectual-property and class-action matters.

• Adrienne C. Rogove (partner, Princeton,1984) – is the vice-group-leader of the commercial litigation practice group and a member of the firm’s appellate practice group; has extensive experience in construction, real estate, contract and commercial litigation; also handles shareholder and partnership disputes in state and federal court, as well as non-compete, employment and product liability matters.

• Jonathan Korn (partner, Princeton, 1992) — has experience with complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract, fraud and real estate litigation, and intellectual property matters including trade secret disputes; represented a national homebuilder, food-and-beverage companies, an international retailer, a manufacturer and other business entities.

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