Blank Rome LLP continues to build its practice in Century City with the addition of six attorneys.

The Philadelphia-based firm scooped up Dennis Condon from Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP along with five lawyers from labor and employment boutique Knee Ross & Silverman LLP, including the firm’s founding partner, Howard Knee. The remaining Knee Ross attorneys are operating as Ross & Silverman and plan to merge with Westwood firm Eisenberg Raizman Thurston & Wong LLP.

Blank Rome launched its Century City office in February with five partners, and with the addition of the six attorneys earlier this month, the firm now houses 15 attorneys.

Knee said he opted to join the 500-attorney Blank Rome for the opportunity to establish the firm’s labor and employment presence on the West Coast.

“I wanted a chance to move to a larger platform and take on another challenge in my career,” Knee said. “This seemed like a good opportunity for me and the other lawyers in my office.”

Knee joined Blank Rome as partner, and brought with him Michael Ludwig, who joined as of-counsel, and Colleen Carolan, Jim Newman and Mary Pierce, who joined as associates.

The group represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment relations, including discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, wage and hour litigation, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Condon, who joined Blank Rome as partner, focuses his practice on complex business transactions and corporate governance issues. Before entering private practice in 2004, Condon served as chief legal officer for oil giant Unocal Corp., which merged with Chevron Corp. in 2005.

New Chief

Dana Kravetz became the managing partner of Michelman & Robinson LLP at the beginning of January, taking the helm from firm founder Sanford Michelman.

Kravetz joined the Encino firm in 2004, when he launched the firm’s labor and employment department. He then started handling management aspects of the firm in 2005.

“It’s a natural maturation of the firm,” Kravetz said of becoming managing partner. “The founder is not going to be the managing partner of the firm forever.”

As managing partner, Kravetz plans to bring in more attorneys to the firm’s San Francisco and New York offices, which opened in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

“We want to grow out our San Francisco and New York offices to be on par with what we’ve done here in Los Angeles and Santa Ana – increasing lawyers and rounding out specialty areas,” Kravetz said.


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