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Blank Rome LLP
United States

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 1

Blank Rome LLP advises clients on litigation across a spectrum of insurance coverage claims, including notable claims concerning sexual harassment and abuse and multi-jurisdictional matters concerning alleged violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act, while continuing to handle COVID-19 business interruption, natural disaster and D&O claims. In addition, the practice also supports clients in arbitration under the UK’s Arbitration Act, including Bermuda Form arbitrations. The team is led by Jim Murray and John Gibbons in Washington DC, representing clients in major sexual abuse coverage and representation and warranty claims respectively, and Los Angeles-based Linda Kornfeld, who advises on COVID-19-related claims. In New York, Jared Zola handles high value litigation and arbitrations, while Natasha Romagnoli assists with sexual abuse and discrimination claims in addition to D&O matters. In Washington, John Heintz advises clients on claims ranging from environmental contamination to employment discrimination class actions, while Omid Safa represents clients in D&O disputes and cyber matters and Kyle Brinkman handles mass tort and environmental liability issues. Of counsel Daniel Rylaarsdam handles a range of first and third party claims out of the Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

John Gibbons; Linda Kornfeld; Jim Murray


‘Deep, specialized knowledge in the area of insurance law. Strong connections in the industry.’

‘Natasha Romagnoli is excellent. Very knowledgeable and very smart. She has tremendous experience representing policyholders in connection with sexual abuse claims, e.g., schools and camps. I cannot say enough about her expertise and care for clients. I always recommend her.’

‘Their vast experience and subject matter expertise is incredibly valuable, it is their creativity in developing elegant and executable solutions that sets the firm apart.’

‘The people, the responsiveness and the knowledge make Blank Rome standout.’

‘The Blank Rome team is extraordinarily knowledgeable and stays up to date on court decisions. In addition, the team patiently explains both the most basic and arcane of topics.’

‘Natasha Romagnoli is not only very sharp but she explains complicated topics with ease and care. She also makes herself readily available when my team is under a tight deadline.’

‘Deep understanding of insurance law combined with very practical understanding of different types of insurance policies and carrier practices and insurance forms that helps their clients navigate not just the purchase of insurance but also how to handle the claims submittal process to achieve the best outcome and when to take the carrier to court.’

‘Linda Kornfeld is a star! Very knowledgeable and an expert negotiator and litigator.’

Key clients

International Micro Industries

Renewable Biofuels

Yeshiva University

Chipotle Mexican Grill


Surf Style Retail Management

Lionsgate Entertainment

M1 Finance

Huntington Ingalls

Philadelphia Eagles

Work highlights

  • Represented an international energy company in a case seeking $28.5 million in defense costs and $220 million in indemnity damages for securities class actions and SEC/DOJ investigations.  

Transport > Shipping: finance Tier 1

Fielding a dedicated ship finance team from its Washington DC, New York and Houston offices, Blank Rome LLP‘s broad maritime client base includes shipyards, owners, operators, cargo interests, lenders and investors. The firm’s US maritime practice has an enviable market reputation for structuring ship finance transactions involving foreign investment in the Jones Act trade, as well as ship financings registered under the laws of Liberia and the Marshall Islands. It is also experienced in vessel finance, construction, sale, purchase and chartering mandates, and routinely represents debtors and creditors in maritime restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Practice head and the firm’s lead ship finance and transaction practitioner Anthony Salgado stands out for his knowledge of Jones Act citizenship issues (and related laws administered by the Coast Guard and Maritime Administration) and their impact on US ship financings and transactions, and Douglas Shoemaker in Houston focuses on complex maritime transactions and litigation. Providing key support at senior associate level, Natalie Radabaugh‘s workload is concentrated on maritime transactions, corporate governance issues and ship financing matters. All advisers mentioned are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Salgado

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Shipping Company

Blackstone Group



Dominion Energy

Harvey Gulf International Marine

J F Lehman & Company

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Philly Shipyard

PNC Bank, National Association

Signature Bank

Swire Shipping Pte

Work highlights

  • Advised long-time client Philly Shipyard on the negotiation of a vessel construction agreement with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation to build a Jones Act-compliant fall pipe subsea rock installation vessel.
  • Advised American Shipping Company on the negotiation and documentation of new three-year bareboat charters for two US-flag tankers.
  • Advised ESVAGT, a Danish shipping company that is active in the European offshore wind market, on the formation of a joint venture with US-based Crowley to construct specialist vessels designed to service wind farms.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 1

Fielding one of the largest shipping practices in the US, Blank Rome LLP has enviable experience in maritime arbitrations, while housing a go-to team for shipping clients facing catastrophic events. It also stands out for its experience in issues involving the Jones Act and other coastwise trade laws. Other specialisms cover ballast water, offshore compliance, oil spill liability, and maritime immigration and visas. The national maritime and international trade practice is co-chaired by Washington DC-based shipping regulatory expert Jeanne GrassoWilliam Bennett III, who is a senior litigator in the New York shipping team, and highly-regarded maritime litigator Keith Letourneau in Houston. The practice also showcases John Kimball, who acts in maritime casualty, charterparty and insurance coverage disputes, maritime litigator Douglas Shoemaker and the ‘greatJeremy Herschaft in Houston, and Thomas Belknap Jr, a key maritime emergency response team member. Also in DC, Matthew Thomas has longstanding maritime regulatory experience, while senior counsel Jonathan Waldron is a shipping regulatory specialist. Lauren Wilgus is a noteworthy shipping disputes partner, and the senior associates to note are Houston-based Zachary Cain, along with Stefanos RoulakisDana Merkel and Emma Jones in DC. All attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Keith Letourneau; Jeanne Grasso; William Bennett


No 1 in the US!’

Blank Rome’s national reach, given the number of states it operates in, is impressive. The leading firm for shipping and commodities work. Clients work a great deal with their New York and Houston offices, but the Washington DC office is also very important as it has provided a great deal of sanctions advice in this ever-busier sector.

They all stand out really, but Jeremy Herschaft is great.

Key clients

American Queen Steamboat Company

Carnival Corporation


COSCO Shipping

Dominion Energy

Gulf Stream Marine

Seabridge Marine Services

Subsea 7

Vineyard Wind



Bergshav Shipping

Oceaneering International

Par Petroleum

Fracht FWO

Horizon Lines

P&I clubs (International Group, Steamship Mutual, North of England)



Zodiac Maritime

Work highlights

  • Acted as maritime counsel to Dominion Energy in a financing, which from a regulatory perspective represented the (reportedly) first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind installation vessel.
  • Represented Preble-Rish Haiti in a dispute with the Government of Haiti for breach of a fuel supply contract.
  • Representing Univar in a dispute that arose after Univar’s shipping cargo was contaminated.

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Leveraging its team of former federal prosecutors, government attorneys and GAO lawyers, Blank Rome LLP stands out for its track record in the defense, IT, software and aerospace fields. Rated for its ‘impressive mastery of government contracts matters’, the group regularly handles bid protests, False Claims Act cases and cost accounting issues. Washington DC-based practice is also noted for its experience in M&A-related government contracts matters, and is led by state and federal procurement law expert Justin Chiarodo. Scott Arnold has a strong background in bid protest, suspension and disbarment, internal investigations and compliance programs. Dominique L Casimir is a popular choice for accounting firms, major defense contractors and health insurers. Other key practitioners include Elizabeth Jochum, Luke Meier and Stephanie Harden.

Practice head(s):

Justin Chiarodo

Other key lawyers:


‘This team provides a full-service suite of government contracts legal services. While each member of the team has their own special talents and areas of specialization, as all great teams do, without fail, they unselfishly work together to achieve the client’s goal, in this case, zealously advocating on behalf of their client. From contract formation to interpretation to litigation, they handle the full spectrum and they do it as one, cohesive, disciplined, fighting unit.’

‘The main thing that makes this firm stand out, regardless of the sophistication of the matter, is its strategic counsel and advice. It never loses sight of the end goal.’

‘Robyn Burrows is a superior pleadings drafter and legal researcher.’

‘Commitment to the client, regardless of the size of the business. I am a small business owner and in this industry, it is easy to be taken advantage of because of financial flexibility, fear of the unknown, and the emotional strain that comes with legal challenges. Dominique Casimir’s care and support changed my relationship with Blank Rome from transactional to a pure partnership. For every question I had Dominique had an answer for herself, and when she felt I needed more context, she brought in her colleagues Leanne, and the members of Blank Rome to ensure that I was well informed and appropriately engaged.’

‘Put bluntly, the team showed up to fight for me every day, at any time, and made sure I knew that I was not alone. Dominique Casimir made sure that I was well informed, and also helped to provide a voice of reason within my disputes that made all of the noise go away.’

‘The BR team is unique because it has an impressive mastery of government contracts matters. The team cuts to the chase when researching and evaluating issues.’

‘The individuals I worked with were available 24/7 and answered the phone every time I called. The BR team balances business needs with black letter law, while maintaining absolute integrity. Both Stephanie Harden and Dave Nadler stands out.’

Key clients


TekSynap Corporation


The Louis Berger Group/WSP USA Inc.

Washington River Protection Solutions

Oshkosh Defense

Darkblade Systems

Rite Aid

Nuclear Waste Partnership

RIVA Solutions

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Louis Berger Aircraft Services in proceedings before the US Government Accountability Office, involving complex Spanish and Italian labor law issues.
  • Assisted Avantus with its $590m acquisition by QinetiQ US.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Focused on domestic and global private equity and strategic transactions, Blank Rome LLP is active in a multitude of sectors, including tech, manufacturing, and healthcare. Corporate clients of all sizes turn to the team for assistance in the full spectrum of public and private M&A transactions, take-privates and employee stock ownership plan acquisition deals. Louis Rappaport in Philadelphia serves as outside counsel to a myriad of business clients, both in relation to transactional and corporate governance issues. He oversees the practice alongside two partners based in New York: Peter Schnur, whose areas of expertise range from private equity deals to corporate divestitures and finance, and Kathleen Cunningham, who brings together experience in M&A, securities offering and SEC reporting.

Practice head(s):

Louis Rappaport; Peter Schnur; Kathleen Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Robert Mittman; Maria Trainor; Naomi Gallimore


‘The firm truly works as a team and is highly dedicated to completing the deal in the best interests of the client.’

‘Very strong team, providing expertise in all areas necessary for a successful merger or acquisition.’

Key clients

RE2, Inc

Gladstone Investment Corporation

J.F. Lehman

Ryder System, Inc.


Accuweather Inc.

Harbour Group Industries

Breakthrough Beverage

Mereo Capital Partners

Avantus Holdings LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented RE2, Inc. in its sale to Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation.
  • Represented an affiliate of Balmoral Funds in its take-private acquisition of Trecora Resources.
  • Represented Breakthru Beverage Group in connection with the acquisition of Major Brands, Inc.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Blank Rome LLP is a prominent name for SALT matters nationwide, and regularly represents high-net-worth-individuals and Fortune 50 companies in a broad range of audits, appeals, and litigation. Craig Fields, based in New York, leads the firm’s SALT group, in addition to co-leading the tax, benefits, and private client group. Also based in New York are Nicole Johnson, a SALT specialist who joined from Morrison Foerster in February 2020, and Mitchell Newmark who has experience litigating state and local tax matters before judicial courts and administrative tribunals nationwide. Eugene Gibilaro, who made partner in January 2023, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Craig Fields

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

MidState Arc, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Lorillard Tobacco Company

Reynolds Brands Inc.

Vodafone Americas Inc.

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company

Work highlights

  • Appealed property tax assessments on behalf of non-profit organization MidState Arc.
  • Appealed denied refund claims filed by Lonillard Tobacco Company between 2002 and 2010.
  • Resolved a series of related tax litigations in New Jersey Tax Court for Vodafone Americas Inc by obtaining a refund of $47 million in addition to previous the return of a denied overpayment of over $30 million paid to the company shortly after we filed the appeals.

Real estate Tier 5

Blank Rome LLP nationwide practice focuses on sales, acquisitions, development, equity investments, financings, joint ventures, and restructuring. In particular, the firm is highly recommended for multi-property and portfolio deals and its strong commercial leasing practice, headed by Sam Walker in New York, which is known for acting on retail chain rollouts. Samantha Wallack is another name of note in the same office. Steven Shoumer chairs the practice from Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Wallack; Steven Shoumer; Sam Walker


‘They are intelligent deal making attorneys who make sure to find a path to complete the transaction while not at all sacrificing the their clients legal position/needs/requirements in such transaction.’

Key clients

Abacus Capital Group

DRA Advisors

George Comfort and Sons

L+M Development Partners, Inc.


Nelson Management

Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC

TF Cornerstone, Inc.

Camber Property Group


Citizens Bank

Signature Bank

U.S. Bank

Toll Brothers

Morgan Properties

Santander Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented DRA Advisors in the $880m acquisition of a portfolio consisting of 33 grocery-anchored shopping centers across various states.

International Trade > Trade remedies and trade policy

Finance > Commercial lending

The finance practice group at Blank Rome LLP is often retained for asset-based and leveraged cash-flow loan matters, with notable strength in the Philadelphia market and unitranche facilities.

Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 14 offices and more than 600 attorneys and principals who provide comprehensive legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the United States and around the world. Our professionals have built a reputation for their leading knowledge and experience across a spectrum of industries, and are recognized for their commitment to pro bono work in their communities. Since our inception in 1946, Blank Rome’s culture has been dedicated to providing top-level service to all of our clients, and has been rooted in the strength of our diversity and inclusion initiatives. For more information, please visit

Main areas of practice
Consumer finance: The practice’s business, regulatory and litigation lawyers have experience in regulatory compliance, financial services, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, white-collar criminal defense and government investigations.

Corporate, M&A and securities: The practice represents clients in capital-raising, M&A and corporate transactions including fund formation and management, debt and equity financings, securities offerings, federal/state regulatory compliance, joint ventures and corporate governance strategies.

Cybersecurity and data privacy: The team assists clients in regulatory compliance, preparing for and responding to cyberattacks, audits and meeting data security requirements of business partners.

Energy, environment and mass Torts: The practice offers regulatory, transactional, litigation, real estate, leasing, project finance, federal and state taxation and government/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relations, intellectual property and strategic public policy services, to clients in businesses including: manufacturing, real estate, commercial development, public and private finance and investment, healthcare, transportation and municipal and county governments and redevelopment authorities. The practice also defends companies and individuals against product liability and mass tort suits, including toxic tort and environmental disputes, aviation disasters, and alleged defects in equipment and vehicles.

Equipment leasing: The practice structures, negotiates and documents complex financing transactions, and represents captive and independent leasing companies, funding sources and the debt and equity sides of leveraged-lease transactions.

Finance, restructuring and bankruptcy: The group represents creditors and debtors in bankruptcy, reorganization and workout matters, including litigation, credit and business transactions and high-profile insolvency cases. The practice also represents senior and subordinate lenders, including mezzanine and second lien lenders, combining commercial finance and lending experience with knowledge of tax, real estate and securities law.

Government contracts: The practice represents contractors in federal, state, and local government contract matters, including bid protests, claims, dispute resolution, audits and investigations, False Claims Act cases, mandatory disclosure issues, suspension and debarment, small business programs, and compliance matters.

Insurance recovery: For policyholders, the firm handles policy audits; risk assessments; disputes; and reimbursements, settlements, or judgments relating to D&O claims; and helps insureds resolve disputes under errors and omissions policies. Its deep-bench trial abilities and novel settlement strategies have led to landmark rulings, new coverage types and industry advances.

Intellectual property and technology: The group covers all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. Attorneys have experience in asset management; investigating, procuring, enforcing and maximizing the value of intellectual property rights, including in litigation; licensing; and patent and trademark procurement, licensing, and counseling.

Labor and employment: The group provides advice, counseling, litigation representation and training on matters confronting in-house counsel and management, such as whistleblower claims, trade secrets, wage and hour issues, internal investigations, management training, union relations, and immigration.

Litigation: The practice is experienced in handling civil, criminal and administrative trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts, spanning a range of issues, including class action defense and transactional disputes.

Maritime and international trade: As the largest US maritime practice, the firm provides clients worldwide with response capabilities and experience in regulatory and legislative issues; litigation; arbitration; defense of administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions; commercial/ transactional matters, including vessel and corporate finance and structuring strategic alliances; and all casualty matters, including collisions, allisions and pollution response.

Matrimonial and family law: The group counsels individuals and couples in legal aspects of marriage, from planning and negotiating pre- and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, mediation, divorce and custody arrangements.

Real estate: The group’s deep bench strength can handle all aspects of real estate law, providing practical advice, analyzing risks and developing innovative strategies informed by the team’s broad base of transactional experience.

Tax, benefits and private clients: The practice, combining governmental, financial and legal experience, handles planning for sophisticated transactions and other matters with local, state, federal, and foreign tax implications, and represents clients in all aspects of estate and business planning, estate and trust administration and estate and tax litigation.

White-collar defense and investigations: The group assists companies and individuals facing criminal and regulatory investigations, congressional inquiries, whistleblower accusations, or self-discovered misconduct. It helps clients defend against allegations, while mitigating damage to individual or corporate reputations.

The firm also has industry teams providing targeted representation to clients in various industries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business restructuring and bankruptcy Kevin Baum
Business restructuring and bankruptcy Grant Buerstetta
Consumer finance Wayne Streibich
Corporate, M&A and securities Peter Schnur
Corporate, M&A and securities Louis M Rappaport
Energy, environment and mass torts Deborah Greenspan
Energy, environment and mass torts Kevin J Bruno
Financial services Lawrence F Flick II
Government contracts Justin A. Chiarodo
Government contracts David M Nadler
Insurance recovery James R Murray
Intellectual property and technology Dipu A Doshi
Intellectual property and technology David Perry
Intellectual property and technology Lisa Casey Spaniel
Intellectual property and technology Russell Wong
Labor and employment Jason E. Reisman
Labor and employment Brooke T Iley
Litigation department Daniel Rhynhart
Litigation department Greg Bordo
Maritime William R. Bennett III
Maritime Jeanne Grasso
Maritime Keith Letourneau
Matrimonial and family Brett Ward
Matrimonial and family Kristina Royce
Private client and tax Craig Fields
Private client and tax Lawrence S Chane
Private client and tax Cory G Jacobs
Real estate Pelayo Coll
Real estate Samantha Wallack
White-collar defense and investigations Gregory F. Linsin
White-collar defense and investigations Jerry D. Bernstein
Business department Gary Goldenberg
Business department Joseph Gulant
Commercial litigation Jason Snyderman
Commercial litigation Jayme Butcher
Corporate litigation Jon Loeb
Corporate litigation Deborah Skakel
General litigation Leigh Ann Buziak
Corporate litigation Alan Freeman
Corporate litigation Michael Iannucci
Corporate litigation Anthony Mingione
Photo Name Position Profile
Linsey Bozzelli photo Ms Linsey Bozzelli Linsey Bozzelli is the vice chair of Blank Rome’s corporate, M&A, and…
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Joanne Osendarp photo Joanne Osendarp Co-Chair of International Trade Practice
Louis Rappaport photo Mr Louis Rappaport Louis Rappaport concentrates his practice on business and corporate matters, with specific…
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Number of Partners : 319
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 335
Total Staff : 1,054
Managing Partner and CEO : Grant S Palmer
Firmwide Chair : Alan J Hoffman
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