Blank Rome

  • Does Biglaw have a pedigree problem?

    9th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Blank Rome, Gay, Job Searches, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Pornography, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 01.23.14

    * The Supreme Court isn’t sure how to address restitution in this child pornography case, but the justices agreed that they didn’t like the “50 percent fudge factor” offered by a government attorney. [New York Times]

    * No, stupid, you can’t strike a juror just because he’s gay. By expanding juror protections to sexual orientation, the Ninth Circuit recently added a new notch on the gay rights bedpost. Progress! [Los Angeles Times]

    * The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board says the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is illegal and should be stopped. Sorry, Edward Snowden beat you to the punch on that one. [New York Times]

    * While Blank Rome was busy denying a possible merger with Nixon Peabody, it picked up 21 attorneys from two small firms in California to open a San Francisco office. Sneaky. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * Dennis T. O’Riordan, the ex-Paul Hastings partner who faked his credentials, was disbarred — not in New York, where he claimed he was admitted, but across the pond in the United Kingdom. [Am Law Daily]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if your law firm considers law school pedigree during its hiring process. Please consider the law schools your firm shuts out from OCI, and respond accordingly. [ABA Journal]

    * Word on the street is UALR School of Law is trying to push an affirmative action program that’s “likely unconstitutional.” It might also be insulting to prospective minority students, so there’s that. [Daily Caller]

    11 Comments / / Jan 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • handshake

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Law Firm Mergers

    Blank Rome And Nixon Peabody May Be Eyeing Merger

    Will they or won’t they? Let’s discus the details…

    9 Comments / / Dec 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM
  • Limited discovery: NOW!

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Contract Attorneys, Crime, Deaths, Document Review, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Romance and Dating, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, State Judges, Supreme Court, Texas, Violence, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 12.30.13

    * Exciting news: Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be leading the countdown on the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. She’ll be the first SCOTUS justice to perform the task. You go girl! [New York Times]

    * Blank Rome and Nixon Peabody are reportedly in merger talks, but one firm’s managing partner says he “talk[s] to firms all the time,” it’s no big deal. No word on what guys from his high school do. [Reuters]

    * Sorry, Quinn Emanuel, but this limited discovery thing is going to happen. Judge Ronnie Abrams recently slapped down the firm’s attempt to appeal her MTD denial in this contract attorney’s suit. [Am Law Daily]

    * A state court judge from Texas stands accused of strangling his girlfriend over the balcony of his apartment and threatening to “f**king kill [her].” Romance in Texas has certainly got some of that je ne sais quoi. [Dallas Morning News]

    * A legal soap opera? An ex-prosecutor whose relationship with a judge landed her lover in hot water was found dead in her home hours after a judicial misconduct ruling came down. R.I.P. [Reno Gazette-Journal]

    * Take a look back at the legal profession’s year that was: from the highest of highs in gay marriages to the lowest of lows in law school enrollment, 2013 was a year for the record books. [National Law Journal]

    2 Comments / / Dec 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM
  • Forget horse heads -- this is what you wake up to if you try to unionize at Burger King.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Blank Rome, Craigslist, Fast Food, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.30.13

    * Burger King sells burgers by celebrating that they are built with fictional union labor while actively interfering with workers forming real unions. This would be too much hypocrisy for some, but Burger King gets to have it its way. [Buzzfeed]

    * I cannot top the subject line from the tipster: “Obama calls the nation to arms on trade secret theft, but the nation is at the mall.” [Orrick]

    * A review of Logan Beirne’s new book Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency (affiliate link). I wonder what George Washington would say if the Senate blocked his judicial nominees? [Washington Times]

    * Step One: Collect cash from government for doing business in downtown Manhattan. Step Two: “Close” the firm and move all the partners and cases to Blank Rome. Step Three: Refuse to pay back the money. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Why does everyone want to go to law school? I figured it was just to compete in the ATL Law Revue competition. [The League of Ordinary Gentlemen]

    * Be nicer to the sea cows! [Lowering the Bar]

    * This Craigslist job posting under “Legal/Paralegal Jobs” in San Diego: Accidental listing or sadly prophetic commentary on the legal job market? Just in case someone removes the listing, I’ll post a screenshot after the jump…

    6 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • It's just nice clothing. There's nothing to be afraid of.

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Blogging, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Fabulosity, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Shopping, Shopping For Others, Videos, YouTube

    Are Male Lawyers Fashion-Impaired?

    Not these two lawyers! If you live in New York, check our their stylish new store.

    22 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM
  • Are partners just puppets of their clients?

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Divorce Train Wrecks, Malpractice, Partner Issues, Wall Street

    Muppets Accused of Malpractice?

    A Wall Street wife sues her former divorce lawyers for malpractice, accusing them of being puppets of her ex-husband.

    12 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM
  • lindsay-lohan-black-dress

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Books, California, Confirmations, Defamation, Lateral Moves, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, New York Times, Partner Issues, Privacy, Prostitution, SCOTUS, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 01.30.13

    * Justice Sotomayor’s memoir made the NYT’s best-seller list, and in terms of sales, she’s officially beating the pants off other Supreme Court justices who’ve released books of a similar nature. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * In case you were sleeping under a rock yesterday when this happened, John Kerry was confirmed by the Senate as secretary of state. Don’t think we’ll be getting a Texts From John Tumblr, though. [New York Times]

    * Despite having a “pretty spectacular” year, Blank Rome’s legal secretaries may soon find themselves blankly roaming in search of new employment. Better hurry up, the buyout offer expires on Friday! [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Straight up now tell me, do you really wanna sue me forever? Corey Clark once claimed he had an affair with American Idol judge Paula Abdul, and now he claims MoFo and Gibson Dunn defamed him. [Am Law Daily]

    * In this round of musical chairs, we learn that Orrick hoovered up three energy and project finance partners from Bingham, one of whom will co-chair the firm’s U.S. energy group. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Remember the Zumba prostitution ring? Now we know you can’t be prosecuted for secretly filming Johns in the act in Maine, because there’s no expectation of privacy in “bordellos, whorehouses, and the like.”[Wired]

    * Energy drink makers are facing class action suits over claims made about their products. Fine, Red Bull may not give you wings, but it tastes like piss, and that’s gotta count for something, dammit. [National Law Journal]

    * Much like herpes, Lindsay Lohan’s legal drama is the gift that just keeps on giving. Her longtime lawyer Shawn Holley wants out, and her new lawyer, Mark Heller, isn’t even licensed to practice in California. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Jan 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Killer cups?

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Blank Rome, Breasts, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Howrey LLP, Litigators, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Rape

    Morning Docket: 08.22.12

    * Dewey know how much it costs to keep this failed firm on life support while its remaining partners try to collect D&L’s unpaid bills? A little more than $2M a month, according to the latest reports. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Former Missouri senators — including two Am Law 200 partners — are asking begging Rep. Todd Akin to step aside so the Republicans chances of securing the Senate seat aren’t legitimately raped. [Am Law Daily]

    * Howrey going to explain this one to the judge? The defunct firm is blaming a deadly forklift accident at a document-storage warehouse for hindering its wind-down process. [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    * “No matter what they said, it’s not material? Is that what you’re alleging?” It figures that a Skadden partner argued that employment statistics were irrelevant in the fraud class action suit against Brooklyn Law School, but at least the judge attempted to set him straight. [National Law Journal]

    * Alaska is suing to overturn federal oversight of its elections, because the portions of the VRA aimed at protecting African Americans aren’t applicable if you can see Russia from your house. [Chicago Tribune]

    * An official at ICE is suing because his boss, a woman, allegedly “created a frat house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Pledging totally sucks, bro. [New York Times]

    * Psst, we think we know what Victoria’s secret is, and she’s no angel. According to police, she’s got a very bad temper, and if you deny her money for booze, she may strangle you to death with her bra. [Daily Mail]

    * Jerome Richter, former Blank Rome litigation department chairman, RIP. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    15 Comments / / Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • Blank Rome, Deferral Stipend, Start Dates, Summer Associates

    Blank Rome: Indefinite Deferral Isn’t A Subtle Signal

    We’ve received tips, texts, and phone calls about Blank Rome. As spring hurtles towards summer, the firm is letting incoming associates know that they won’t be starting any time soon. A tipster reports the firm is “rescinding” offers, but that’s not technically correct: I just heard from a friend that Blank Rome has rescinded offers […]

    55 Comments / / May 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM
  • Blank Rome, Kramer Levin, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Sheppard Mullin, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Vault 100 Open Threads: 2010

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 91 – 100 (2010)

    Here we are. The end of the Vault 100. To be on the Vault 100 is to be a well-known firm. Sure, maybe not well-known to law students or junior associates who can’t see past the mountain of doc review boxes in their windowless conference rooms. But known to partners … and clients. Look down […]

    98 Comments / / Sep 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM
  • Bankruptcy, Blank Rome, Insurance, Malpractice

    Blank Rome’s Massive Malpractice Settlement

    This year hasn’t been a fabulous one for Blank Rome. They’ve had to cut both salaries and headcount. The firm also pushed back start dates for first-year associates, until “at least” January 2010, and the 2009 summer program was a brief six weeks. This latest news doesn’t improve matters. From the Legal Intelligencer, via Am […]

    30 Comments / / Aug 10, 2009 at 3:47 PM
  • Blank Rome, Job Searches, Summer Associates

    Step Away From The Ledge: Blank Rome is Coming to Penn

    Obviously, things are not well in Pennsylvania. Ballard Spahr has canceled its 2010 Summer Program. Dechert is laying people off. Drinker Biddle is changing the nature of the Biglaw experience. WolfBlock … does not exist. So it’s not surprising that people are becoming concerned about another titan of the Philadelphia market, Blank Rome. The firm […]

    53 Comments / / Jul 24, 2009 at 2:25 PM
  • Blank Rome, Salary Cuts

    Nationwide Salary Cut Watch: Blank Rome Loves America

    It’s almost Independence Day! And the invisible hand that guides our robust, capitalistic system continues to exert significant downward pressure on the salaries of law firm associates. The crushing economic logic opined by some Brit — who would have gotten his butt whupped at Yorktown with all the rest of them — named Adam Smith […]

    121 Comments / / Jul 1, 2009 at 6:57 PM
  • Alston & Bird, Blank Rome, California

    Is Opening in L.A. Really a Good Idea Right Now?

    The National Law Journal reports that eight firms have opened up offices in Los Angeles during the recession. Is this really going to work? We’ve already established that the San Francisco legal market is about as relevant as an aging hippie. Are we sure that L.A. is the promised land? According to the NLJ, firms […]

    77 Comments / / Mar 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM
  • Blank Rome, Layoffs, Start Dates, Summer Associates

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Blank Rome Cuts 79

    It’s one of those days. We told you that we expected Blank Rome layoffs to come today. And here they come. Blank Rome just confirmed that it has laid off 79 people: 27 associates, 52 staff. And that’s not all. The firm is pushing back start dates for incoming first year associates until “at least” […]

    39 Comments / / Mar 12, 2009 at 5:07 PM
  • Blank Rome, Layoffs

    Impending Layoff Watch: Blank Rome, Come On Down

    Now that K&L Gates finally announced its layoffs, it’s time to adopt a menacing flight pattern over another firm. We are hearing that Blank Rome is preparing to announce layoffs. Our sources are telling us that 25 – 50 attorneys will be let go from Blank Rome late this week or early next week. We […]

    86 Comments / / Mar 10, 2009 at 2:32 PM
  • Alston & Bird, Arent Fox, Arnold & Porter, Blank Rome, Chadbourne & Parke, Dorsey & Whitney, Hogan & Hartson, Salary Freeze, Sheppard Mullin, Sonnenschein, Venable

    Updated Salary Freeze Round-up: Even More Firms on Ice

    As we noted in yesterday’s Morning Docket, even the New York Times has taken note of the salary freeze trend at law firms. The Times reached out to Above The Law’s own David Lat for the story: Although many associates are angry about the freezes, others are relieved, said David Lat, founding editor of AboveTheLaw.com, […]

    101 Comments / / Jan 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM
  • Blank Rome, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Blank Rome Lays Off 12 … So Far

    Last night and this morning, tipsters informed us that significant layoffs were taking place at Blank Rome. A firm spokesperson is now able to confirm the news: As we continue to focus on helping our clients manage through these challenging economic times, and in order to position the Firm for continued success in 2009, it […]

    58 Comments / / Jan 16, 2009 at 12:46 PM

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