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<br /> JUNE 13, 2011 · VOL. 27 · NO. 11 · $9.00 · TWO SECTIONS<br /> www.texaslawyer.com<br /> Houston Firm to Merge With Philadelphia's Blank Rome<br /> by BRENDA SAPINO JEFFREYS<br /> bjeffreys@alm.com<br /> Houston litigation boutique Abrams Scott & Bick-<br /> ley will merge with Blank Rome on June 30, beefing<br /> up the Philadelphia firm's presence in Houston.<br /> Barry Abrams, an Abrams Scott partner who will<br /> manage Blank Rome's Houston of fice once it opens<br /> on July 1, says combining his firm with Blank Rome<br /> is a “tremendous opportunity.” He says the firms<br /> share a similar commitment to clients and culture,<br /> and a client base.<br /> Blank Rome has had one lawyer in Houston since<br /> May 2010: Joseph Speelman, former associate general<br /> counsel and chief of litigation for L yondellBasell. 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