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MIAMI � At least half of Blank Rome’s Boca Raton, Fla., office is leaving for Greenberg Traurig, and sources say the rest are in negotiations to go. That could leave Philadelphia-based Blank Rome without a Florida office for the first time in 30 years. Partner Bruce Rosetto and three associates have signed on with Greenberg, the Florida-based mega-firm, according to Michael Leeds, managing partner of the Boca Raton office of Blank Rome. Blank Rome is a Philadelphia firm with 425 lawyers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Florida. Currently, there are four partners and four associates in Blank Rome’s Florida office. There are conflicting reports as to whether the entire practice group is departing for Greenberg, including partners Leeds, Howard Camerik and Steven Lessne. Topper Ray, spokesman for Blank Rome, said that just four lawyers — half the office — are departing, but that the rest are staying. “It’s not the whole office,” he said. But other sources say the rest are in negotiations with Greenberg or other law firms. Leeds said in a e-mail, “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.” Rosetto did not return calls for comment. Greenberg Traurig also declined comment. If all of the lawyers relocate, the exodus would leave Blank Rome without a Florida office, which it has maintained for 30 years. The lawyers specialize in real estate, litigation, international trade, corporate and securities law. Herb Hertner, owner of the legal headhunter Hertner Block & Associates of Miami, said 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.” Greenberg currently has 70 lawyers between offices in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.

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