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Blank Rome Raids Saul Ewing for 5 Partners, Opens Princeton Office

Blank Rome is opening a new office in Princeton, N.J., raiding the local office of Saul Ewing of five litigation partners in order to do so.

The 500-lawyer firm’s new Princeton office will open in January, staffed with former Saul Ewing partners John “Jack” Pribish, Seth J. Lapidow, Michael J. Conlan, Adrienne C. Rogove and Virginia G. White, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal and a Legal Intelligencer article reprinted by New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

Their departure leaves 275-attorney Saul Ewing with seven partners, six associates and one special counsel in Princeton, according to New York Lawyer. Among the partners remaining are Francis “Trip” Riley, second in command of the firm’s litigation department, and Marc Citron, who is managing partner of the office. David Antzis, Saul Ewing’s managing partner, says the firm still has its key business producers in the Princeton office, and is now looking to add a group of lawyers there.

Carl Buchholz, managing partner and chief executive officer of Blank Rome, says the firm had been ogling the Princeton market for a while when it was approached by the group from Saul Ewing’s office. Although the office is now staffed by five litigators, the firm’s goal is to develop a full-service law office in Princeton, he says.

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