Former Partner Claims Blank Rome Fired Him for LGBT Advocacy
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: A former Blank Rome attorney is suing the firm for discrimination. 

Blank Rome is under fire for allegedly being homophobic. The Big Law firm has recently been sued by a former equity partner, The ABA Journal reports. The former partner claims Blank Rome wanted to steal his intellectual property clients and disliked him because he openly supported gay rights.


Last week in Philadelphia, Alfred Zaher filed a lawsuit against Blank Rome. The suit says Zaher was successful in developing clients and generating fees, and that he generated over $2.5 million a year. According to his suit, the firm forced him out in order to steal his IP practice.

Zaher left in July 2014. He alleges that managing partner Alan Hoffman plotted to steal his clients and had two other lawyers do his bidding. The two lawyers allegedly visited Zaher’s clients and told them that Zaher was exiting the firm due to “ethical issues.” Zaher said that there had never been any action to expel him and that he had no ethical issues.

The suit goes on to say that Hoffman hated that Zaher openly advocated for gay rights in the legal community. Hoffman allegedly made “unfounded and disrespectful” comments disparaging Zaher’s mannerisms and clothing, and he allegedly disapproved that Zaher organized a meeting of 70 LGBT Philadelphia lawyers at the Blank Rome Philadelphia office.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Blank Rome denied the allegations, but told media that they could not comment on specifics of the complaint.

“The firm will defend itself vigorously against Mr. Zaher’s baseless charges,” Blank Rom said in a statement. “For more than 70 years, Blank Rome has been committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment.”

Zaher is now a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. His bio states that, “He concentrates his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing and counseling.”  He is also on the board of directors of LGBT Bar.

According to LawCrossing, Blank Rome has nine offices; its largest in Philadelphia. It has almost 500 attorneys and 121 partners. In an effort to promote diversity, the firm has affinity groups for lawyers: Attorney of Color Affinity Group, the Women’s Forum, and the LGBT Affinity Group. The groups provide a space for women and minority lawyers to network and exchange ideas.

Source: ABA Journal



Associate Attorney


Intellectual Property law firm in California is looking for a full time, smart, motivated associate ...

Apply now



Law firm in downtown Leesburg, Virginia seeks experienced paralegal for busy litigation practice wit...

Apply now

Supervisory Attorney


Serves as a manager for attorneys and support staff. Reports directly to the Assistant Chief Counsel...

Apply now

Structured Finance and Commercial Debt Partner (100% work from home)


Culhane Meadows is actively seeking a commercial and corporate debt attorney with extensive exp...

Apply now




Search Now

Junior to Mid-level Real Estate Associate Attorney


Miami office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a junior to mid-level real estate as...

Apply Now

Mid-level Capital Markets Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a mid-level capital markets as...

Apply Now

Mid-level Capital Markets Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a mid-level capital markets asso...

Apply Now


To Top