Blank Rome Appoints Kelbon & Other Attorneys to Leadership Positions

Blank Rome promoted five of its attorneys to new leadership roles, including appointing Regina Stango Kelbon business department co-chair, Matthew J. Comisky Philadelphia office co-chair, William J. Dorsey vice practice group leader for the firm’s corporate litigation group, and Andrew T. Hambelton and Lauren E. O’Donnell co-practice group leaders for the firm’s general litigation group.

“We are thrilled that Regina, Matt, Will, Andy and Lauren have assumed their new leadership roles at Blank Rome,” Grant S. Palmer, chair and managing partner of Blank Rome, said. “The five partners are terrific role models, continuously seeking opportunities for growth, providing outstanding client service, mentoring junior lawyers, reinforcing our firm’s culture of collaboration, advancing the law in their respective areas of practice and giving back to our communities. They will bring great enthusiasm to their new positions and further contribute to the success of Blank Rome.”

Stango Kelbon joined Blank Rome partners Gary R. Goldenberg and Joseph T. Gulant as co-chair of Blank Rome’s business department, overseeing more than 300 attorneys across the firm’s 15 offices. She is a partner in the in the firm’s finance, restructuring and bankruptcy group and served as co-chair of the group from 2011 to 2018. Having spent her entire career at Blank Rome, Kelbon has served in many firm leadership positions. In addition to her role as co-chair of the business department, she also serves as a member of the partner board and distribution and executive committees and is the immediate past co-chair of the Philadelphia office. Kelbon also plays a significant role in shaping the firm’s culture by providing avenues for mentorship and actively participating in the firm’s affinity group BR Women and related initiatives, including the Women’s Leadership Summit, Women’s Business Development Academy and Women’s Forum Bootcamp Series.

In her practice, Kelbon is a highly regarded bankruptcy and restructuring attorney, recognized by Chambers as a “star individual” for her competency, innovative thinking and client advocacy. She is active in the bankruptcy community, serving on several committees of leading industry organizations. For example, Kelbon is a fellow of American College of Bankruptcy, where she serves as the national chair of the education committee for all circuits, is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s business bankruptcy subcommittee on corporate governance and is a member of the Philadelphia/Wilmington chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, where she is a past chair and current member of the Networking Organization of Women.

Comisky will co-chair the Philadelphia office with current co-chair and partner Alan L. Zeiger. Comisky, a partner in the firm’s real estate group, has deep roots at Blank Rome, having started as an associate at the firm nearly three decades ago. Additionally, Comisky’s father, the late Marvin Comisky, was one of the founding partners of Blank Rome, revered for his decades of leadership and instrumental role in building the firm’s strong and inclusive culture.

Comisky has extensive experience in all facets of complex real estate transactions and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and ranked as a leading real estate attorney by Chambers. In addition to this leadership role, Comisky also serves as co-chair of the firm’s well-being committee. Comisky and Zeiger will focus on the continued strategic growth of the Philadelphia office and foster the firm’s high-performance and collaborative culture.

Dorsey joined co-chairs Ana Tagvoryan and Joseph T. Gulant in leading the corporate litigation group. At Blank Rome, Dorsey is a founding member of the Chicago office, helps lead the firm’s banking litigation practice and serves as a mentor to several associates and junior partners. In his practice, Dorsey is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has tried more than 75 cases to judgment in a career spanning more than two decades. Clients across the country turn to Dorsey for high-stakes commercial finance, real estate, mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation and non-compete disputes. Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Dorsey in 2022 as a notable Gen X leader in accounting, consulting and law for his contributions to the Chicago legal profession, the firm’s banking and real estate litigation teams and the community.

Hambelton and O’Donnell joined Dominique L. Casimir, Michael A. Iannucci and Christopher J. Petersen as co-practice group leaders of the general litigation group. Hambelton and O’Donnell both joined Blank Rome in 2010 as litigation associates and were elevated to partners in 2019.

Hambelton concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts nationwide and before arbitration panels. He also routinely advises clients on litigation avoidance strategies.

Throughout her tenure at the firm, O’Donnell has stepped into several leadership positions and currently serves on the firm’s recruiting and retention committee and previously served as co-chair of the summer associate program in 2015.

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