Blank Rome Set To Add 21 Lawyers In Calif. Expansion

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Jeffrey Richter, Alan J. Hoffman and Mike Margolis
Jeffrey Richter, Alan J. Hoffman and Mike Margolis

When it comes to growing the three-person San Francisco office in the future, Hoffman said he has learned some things from Blank Rome's office openings over the years. The firm opened in Los Angeles in 2009 with lateral hires and then opened in Houston two years later with an existing firm. He said it has been easier to grow in Houston after starting with an existing, cohesive unit. Hoffman said he expects growth in San Francisco to be an easier task for the same reason.

A big part of the Houston expansion since the office opened has been on the maritime side of the firm's practice. In August, Blank Rome acquired eight-lawyer maritime firm Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston. Hoffman said those lawyers have been in touch with maritime firms in San Francisco about a possible combination.

Margolis and Stephen Tisman are both joining Blank Rome as partners along with partner Jason S. Kim. Counsel Timothy J. Martin, Adam W. Schorr, Linda M. Toutant, Naki Margolis Irvin, Robert M. Lieber, Kimberly L. Owens, Valerie D. Ringel and James F. Parver are joining from Margolis & Tisman along with associate Shirley M. Kong.

From Finestone & Richter, Jeffrey Richter and William Finestone are joining Blank Rome as partners along with seven counsel: Eric F. Edmunds Jr., Mark Kalisch, Nancy B. Lamell, Christopher Tesar, John J. Waller Jr., Susan A. Wolf and Arthur P. Yoon.

Finestone is joining the tax, benefits and private client practice at Blank Rome while Richter is joining the corporate, M&A and securities group. Margolis will be in the corporate litigation group, Tisman will join the labor and employment and corporate litigation groups and Kim will be in the corporate, M&A and securities group.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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