Stacy D. Phillips
A new feature here is a roundup of the recent awards, recognitions, and other important accomplishments of Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law attorneys from around the country.
U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® Highly Ranks Blank Rome’s Matrimonial & Family Law Group
November 2020 – The 2021 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® has highly ranked Blank Rome’s Matrimonial and Family practice group in Los Angeles and New York City.
Stacy D. Phillips Named 2020 “Top Women Lawyer in California” by Daily Journal
November 2020 – Stacy D. Phillips has been named to the Daily Journal’s 2020 list of Top Women Lawyers in California, which recognizes regional women attorneys who have made a difference to their clients, their firms, and their profession. Stacy has been recognized every year since the list’s inception in 2003.
Nicky Rooz Receives Certification of Recognition at New York State Courts Pro Bono Awards Event
October 2020 – Anita (Nicky) Rooz, an associate in New York, received a Certificate of Recognition for dedicated service to the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program at a virtual pro bono awards event on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The certificate was presented by the New York Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.
Michelle M. Gervais Named to List of “500 Most Influential Executives” by Florida Trend
September 2020 – Michelle M. Gervais, a partner in Tampa, has been named to the “Florida 500” for the second year in a row. Published annually as a special supplement of Florida Trend magazine, the notable “Florida 500” list highlights the most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state.
On behalf of the Blank Rome family, I wish you and yours a healthy and peaceful holiday season.
Stacy D. Phillips
Blank Rome has one of the top Matrimonial & Family Law practice in the country, with 10 attorneys in Los Angeles, 20 attorneys in New York, one attorney in Tampa, and two attorneys in Philadelphia. In this new feature, I will spotlight some of my partners from across the Firm. In this edition, I wanted to highlight two of my Los Angeles Matrimonial & Family Law colleagues—Ashley Silberfeld and Kevin B. Martin. Many of you reading this know that I was very close to my father. It struck me that Ashley and Kevin are also close to their fathers, who are also ethical, learned attorneys like my father. Their fathers also created children that are similarly ethical people (mensches). Please enjoy learning more about them.
Ashley Silberfeld is an experienced civil litigator and fierce advocate with trial skills that are unique among family lawyers. Ashley followed her father’s footsteps into the legal profession, beginning her career as a toxic tort defense attorney at Steptoe & Johnson. She later decided to transition to matrimonial & family law to help fight for the vulnerable and protect the things most important to them. As the child of a divorce herself, she knows firsthand what families are going through during difficult times. What Ashley finds most rewarding is when she gets to see her clients and their children thrive in their new lives. And as the single mother of a toddler, she also deeply understands the challenges that families with young children are experiencing during the COVID-19 crisis. Ashley even recently conducted a successful argument at a virtual hearing while her daughter sat on her lap.
Kevin B. Martin, Los Angeles
“Attacks legal problems like a dog with a bone.”
Kevin B. Martin is a dynamic litigator who is also skilled at forensically analyzing balance sheets and other financial and business records. Kevin began his legal career at Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, a boutique civil litigation firm, before following in his father’s footsteps to practice law at the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in its enforcement division. He later left the SEC to return to Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan and then Bingham McCutchen where his practice focused on SEC defense and corporate internal investigations. Kevin then started his own, first of its kind, litigation insurance program that he eventually sold to a publicly traded insurance carrier. After Stacy Phillips represented him in his own custody battle where, together, side by side, they succeeded in obtaining 50-50 custody of Kevin’s two daughters (who are now in college), he decided to help other families in crisis by “paying it forward” and returning to practice with Stacy as a family law attorney. His unique set of professional and personal experiences allows him to see cases with a different lens that is uncommon in the family law bar. Kevin also brings insights and understanding of the financial side of divorce, while, at the same time never losing sight of the emotional toll this type of litigation has on his clients. Although he always prefers amicable resolution, where the parties retain most control over their own destinies, if the need arises due to unsurmountable legal disputes, Kevin fights tenaciously side by side with his clients, as Stacy did for him.