Philadelphia, PA – Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce its leadership transition plan that will go into effect January 1, 2019, and will result in current Litigation Department Chair Grant S. Palmer becoming Managing Partner, and current Chairman and Managing Partner Alan J. Hoffman continuing his term as Chairman. Hoffman joined Blank Rome in 1992 and rose from Litigation Department Head (1996–2008), to Firm Co-Chair (2008–2013), to Managing Partner (2011), to Chairman and Managing Partner (2014–present; he was the first in the Firm’s history to be elected to both roles). Over the past 10 years, Hoffman has transformed Blank Rome, creating a thriving national footprint for what had been a regional firm for six decades.
“Throughout 2017, our leadership team and partners developed a strategic succession plan that upholds our commitment to serving our clients, colleagues, and communities in innovative ways. We are thrilled that as a result of this process, Grant Palmer will become our next Managing Partner,” said Hoffman. “Grant and I have worked closely together for more than 25 years. In addition to being a top-notch litigator, he is a trusted and respected leader. He has served the Firm in numerous leadership roles—making a significant impact as Litigation Department Chair, overseeing more than 300 attorneys across 13 offices—as well as Chair of our award-winning pro bono program. Grant has been committed to our Firm, clients, and communities for decades, and we’re confident that under his leadership, Blank Rome will continue to achieve great things. I’m looking forward to partnering with Grant to lead Blank Rome, and we congratulate him on his new and well-deserved role.”
Palmer graduated from Bucknell University in 1986 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1989. He began his career as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and joined Blank Rome in 1990. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, representing clients in a wide range of areas. Palmer has served in a number of leadership roles at Blank Rome, including the Executive Committee, Partner Board, Lateral Recruiting Committee, and previously as Commercial Litigation Practice Group Leader. He founded and has chaired the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee since 2003, and implemented mandatory pro bono requirements in 2014, which resulted in record-breaking participation and hours. He commits significant time to numerous professional and community organizations.
“For the past 28 years, I have been fortunate to call Blank Rome my home, and I am so honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as our Firm’s next Managing Partner,” said Palmer. “I have loved being a trial lawyer and working with our clients to help them solve complex issues for nearly three decades. While I will never give up practicing law, I’m excited to refocus my efforts on supporting my new clients: my Blank Rome colleagues. Our attorneys and professionals are some of the very best in the industry. Since Blank Rome was founded in 1946, we have had five managing partners, and they have all been incredibly inspiring and successful—from Marvin Comisky to Alan Hoffman and everyone in between. I look forward to continuing to build upon the tremendous success that we have achieved under all of our previous managing partners’ leadership, with a strong focus on further developing and promoting our commitment to client service, diversity and inclusion, strategic growth, pro bono service, and our Firm’s strong culture of collaboration and teamwork.”
Blank Rome’s Success under Hoffman’s Leadership
When Hoffman became Co-Chair in 2008, the legal industry was reeling from the recession. Rather than retreat, he grew the Firm’s client base and geographic reach, made strategic decisions to remain on solid financial footing, and prudently managed expenses, setting the stage for 10 years of steady progress.
Commitment to the Firm’s Culture
In acknowledgement of his achievements, Hoffman has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, including most recently: