When the remains of Dickstein Shapiro went shopping for a new home in early 2016, most potential suitors saw the firm’s insurance recovery practice as a conflict-ridden complication—a deal breaker. For Blank Rome, it was an opportunity, albeit one that forced some tough decisions.

By February 2016, Philadelphia-based Blank Rome decided to make the deal, adding the insurance practice and about 80 other lawyers from Dickstein Shapiro. Two-and-a-half years later, the practice has grown through some key lateral hires, and has successfully cross-sold to dozens of legacy Blank Rome clients. But that meant cutting ties with at least one major insurer client.

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