Blank Rome to Lose Half of Florida Office

Half of Blank Rome’s eight-attorney Boca Raton, Fla., office will be leaving for Greenberg Traurig, according to a story by The Legal’s sister publication, Law.com.

Blank Rome spokesman Topper Ray confirmed that partner Bruce C. Rosetto would be leaving the office along with three associates. He said he was fairly certain the group was joining Greenberg Traurig.

According to sources cited in the Law.com article, Blank Rome’s administrative partner Michael H. Leeds, the two other remaining partners and the only remaining associate were also in talks to join another firm – possibly Greenberg Traurig.

Neither Rosetto nor Leeds returned requests for comment by the time of publication.

In an e-mail to Law.com, Leeds said, “I can only confirm that Bruce Rosetto and three associates are leaving but I do not believe that their new home has been decided for certain … Mr. Rosetto can provide any more detail as he wishes.”

If the entire group left, Blank Rome would be without a Florida office for the first time in 30 years, according to the Law.com article.

Ray said Leeds is staying at Blank Rome, and the firm is staying in the Florida market.

Rosetto and his group focus on mergers and acquisitions work, while Leeds focuses on trusts and estates matters. Ray said the firm would continue to have Leeds’ trusts and estates practice in Florida along with the litigation component the three other remaining attorneys provide.

According to Ray, Blank Rome is committed to the Florida market and is interested in lateral hires or combinations in a number of the firm’s offices, including Boca Raton.

Herb Hertner, owner of the legal headhunter Hertner Block & Associates of Miami, told Law.com he was surprised to hear the news about Blank Rome.

“I thought they were starting to put things together there,” said Hertner, who has worked for the firm locally. “They were going in the right direction. This is very surprising.”

Miami-based Greenberg Traurig has about 70 attorneys between its two Palm Beach, Fla., offices and around another 330 in its other five Florida offices.

–Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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