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Pedro A. Ramos and Nelson A. Diaz had just missed out on working together a few years ago, and it’s happening again. Ramos was selected by Mayor John F. Street to replace Diaz as the city solicitor in 2004. Diaz had announced his resignation and was leaving for his old firm, Blank Rome. Yesterday, Diaz announced that he was leaving Blank Rome for Cozen O’Connor and Ramos announced that he was stepping down from his role as managing director of Philadelphia � a spot he was appointed to in early 2005. Ramos is headed to Blank Rome. He is stepping down from his government job on June 8 and will join Blank Rome on June 11. Ramos will serve as a partner in the law firm’s labor and employment group and as a principal in its government affairs subsidiary, Blank Rome Government Relations. He said most city solicitors and managing directors do two-year stints and he has been with the city for over three, approaching everyday like a sprint. “It’s certainly the time to think about next steps in terms of the cycle of the government and in terms of the cycle of having kids about to turn 16 and 13,” Ramos said. He was approached by Blank Rome’s David Girard-diCarlo and Carl M. Buchholz about possibly joining the firm and said he realized it was the best fit. The last time Ramos was in private practice, he was an ERISA attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll for 10 years. He left there to take a position as chief of staff to then-University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin. He was about to return to Ballard Spahr when he received a call from the mayor asking him to serve as city solicitor. Ramos said he hadn’t realized how much Blank Rome had grown since the time he became a lawyer. The firm’s international expansion was a selling point for Ramos, and he said he wants to help facilitate further growth. “I thought I would have to trade off the more global practice for staying in the [Philadelphia] area,” he said. He said he hopes to have a national and international practice that will focus on higher education, primary and secondary education, emergency preparedness and homeland security. As city managing director, Ramos gained experience in those areas through his work on the city’s Emergency Preparedness Review Committee and in managing the Live 8 concert. Buchholz said Ramos was well known by several partners in the firm and the timing was right when they reached out to him. He said Ramos brings “tremendous experience” to Blank Rome through his experience in private practice, education and government. Loree D. Jones, secretary of external affairs, will succeed Ramos as managing director.

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