Blank Rome Names New Chairman as Co-Chairman Retires

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Firm Chairman Alan J. Hoffman
Firm Chairman Alan J. Hoffman

Philadelphia-based Blank Rome announced Wednesday that it has elected partner Alan J. Hoffman to another three-year term as chairman and managing partner and that Hoffman's co-chairman, T. Michael Dyer, will retire from the firm at the end of the year.

Hoffman and Dyer began their first three-year term as co-chairmen in 2009 and were re-elected to a second term beginning in January 2012, which is set to expire at the end of 2014.

According to a statement from Blank Rome, Dyer's retirement will become effective at the end of this year, meaning Hoffman will assume the role of the firm's sole chairman this upcoming January.

In January 2015, Hoffman is set to begin serving his second three-year term as managing partner.

According to Hoffman, Dyer made the decision toward the end of last year that he would retire this December.

But Hoffman said that, while he and Dyer consulted each other on management issues several times a day, taking over as the firm's sole chairman won't have much of an effect on his overall responsibilities.

Hoffman said he will continue to work closely with the firm's core management team, including finance partner Joseph T. Gulant, and the heads of the firm's litigation, business and real estate and financial services departments.

In addition, Hoffman said, partner Patrick O. Cavanaugh, the firm's chief operating officer, will be taking on more duties.

"That's basically the group I consult with in running the law firm," Hoffman said.

In 2009, Hoffman, who is based in Philadelphia, and Dyer, a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, stepped in to replace David Girard-diCarlo, who had been chairman of the firm for more than 20 years.

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