Greenberg Traurig, LLP counts among its clients
some of the biggest names in information technology, energy,
entertainment, telecommunications and health care. With over two
dozen offices worldwide, an exceptionally-broad practice scope and
clients like Microsoft and Amazon.com, it ranks as one of the
nation's largest firms.
Greenberg Traurig traces its roots to 1967,
when three Miami attorneys established a practice modeled on New
York's boutique transactional firms. Melvin Greenberg was the
firm's first chief executive officer; University of Miami grad
Robert Traurig became a power player among southern Florida's real
estate firms, builders and developers; and early name partner Larry
Hoffman went on to become managing partner in the nineties.
For many years, the firm confined its
operations to the Miami area, and most of its clients were small
and mid-sized companies.
Changes began in 1987 when the firm altered its
leadership structure. The name partners handed the reins to a group
of 14 younger partners in an effort to develop a long-run
succession plan. But the recession years of the early 1990s hit the
firm hard, and when Melvin Greenberg became seriously ill, Larry
Hoffman took over as managing partner, scotching the idea of
passing the top job on to the next generation.
Hoffman had no intention of maintaining the
status quo, however. He implemented an ambitious expansion plan
that added a number of practices-including trade, immigration and
labor-to the firm's list of offerings. He also pushed for
geographic expansion, moving the firm's presence into northern
Florida, New York and Washington, DC. By the time Hoffman stepped
down in 1997, the firm had ballooned to 325 lawyers. In a historic
move, GT tapped Cuban-American Cesar L. Alvarez as CEO, making him
the first Hispanic to head a major law firm.
Alvarez picked right up where Hoffman left off,
opening domestic and international offices. One year after becoming
CEO, Alvarez led a merger with Katz, Smith & Cohen, an
Atlanta-based entertainment law firm, which brought clients like
Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett into the fold. GT continued to grow
through the late 1990s and early 2000s, both through organic
expansion and strategic acquisitions of other firms. Most recently,
in 2013, the firm added an office in Seoul.
Although it's grown significantly since its
early days, there are still traces of GT's history in its modern
practice. The firm continues to hold sway in the real estate
market, although its influence is felt far beyond Miami-it has
gained traction in Manhattan real estate circles, working on some
of the city's largest deals, and counting among its clients the
Carlyle Group and MetLife.
But to many, Greenberg Traurig will forever be
remembered as the firm that played a role in one of the most
significant legal cases in U.S. history: Bush v. Gore. GT
represented W in the 2000 Florida election recount. The firm has
also represented his brother, Florida governor Jeb Bush, and in
2004, Samuel Skinner-President Bush Sr.'s former chief of
staff-became of counsel.
Cheers from Chambers
The 2013 Chambers USA Guide included 185
attorneys and 33 practice areas from Greenberg Traurig. The firm
also received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate
during the Chambers and Partners USA 2013: America's Leading
Lawyers for Business awards ceremony held in New York. The
firm has received several awards from Chambers and Partners
throughout the years, including the Chambers Global Awards 2007 USA
Law Firm of the Year, five Chambers Awards for Excellence and a
Lifetime Achievement Award. Greenberg Traurig attorneys have also
been recognized in the 2013 Chambers UK, Chambers
Latin America and Chambers Global guides.
Poland Law Firm of the Year
The Warsaw office of Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k. was
named "Poland Law Firm of the Year - International" by Chambers and
Partners. Additionally, Lejb Fogelman, senior partner in the firm's
Warsaw office, received an individual "Outstanding Contribution to
the Legal Profession" award. The firm and Fogelman received their
awards at the 2013 Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence in London.
According to Chambers and Partners, the Awards for Excellence
recognize "firms with outstanding performance over the last year."
The specific firm country award recognizes "a law firm's
pre-eminence in key practice areas, and takes into account
strategic growth, market feedback and involvement in market-leading
Women in Leadership
Greenberg Traurig held its 6th Annual Women's Business
Forum at The Beverly Hills Hotel on April 25, 2013. More than 150
guests, including firm clients, were in attendance at the
invitation-only annual event where professional women gathered to
discuss issues of mutual interest in a setting that is conducive to
learning, business development, networking and personal enrichment.
The theme for this year's event was "Women in Leadership: Moving
Forward. Achieving Success."
"The Greenberg Traurig Women's Business Forums
have been successful in addressing challenging issues women face in
today's difficult business environment. This year's event focused
on leadership and furthering the momentum and legacy of
professional success. Our dynamic speakers provided real life
experiences to highlight their path of leadership by offering an
intimate and honest perspective," said Susan L. Heller, Global
Chair of the firm's Trademarks and Brand Management Practice and
Chair of the 2013 Women's Business Forum.
Say Hello to Seoul
Greenberg Traurig expanded its Asia Practice with the
opening of an office in Seoul, South Korea, making this the firm's
36th office worldwide. The firm is among those approved by the
Ministry of Justice of The Republic of Korea to operate under the
Foreign Legal Consultant Act of Korea. The new location will be
known as Greenberg Traurig LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office. The
Seoul office will provide legal advice with respect to U.S. law,
international treaties involving the U.S., and universally
recognized international law, and is permitted to represent clients
in international arbitration cases when U.S. law is applicable.
Foreign Legal Consultant Offices may not render legal advice on
Korean law matters.
Sunshine State Superiors
Greenberg Traurig announced that its Florida litigation
practice group has been named the 2012 "Litigation Department of
the Year," by the Daily Business Review. Specifically, the
firm's litigation team was recognized in the general litigation
category for large law firms in the region. Greenberg Traurig's
litigation practice was given the top designation in Florida based
on evaluation of its best litigation results, including both trial
and appellate cases, from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012.
Client references and the specific dollar amounts involved in every
matter also were considered. In Florida, Greenberg Traurig serves
clients from across seven offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale,
Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.
You Deserve a Promotion
Greenberg Traurig elevated 44 attorneys to Shareholder and
18 to Of Counsel positions. Reflecting the firm's diversified
platform and wide-ranging legal experience, the new 2013 class
represents more than 20 different locations and key areas of
practice, including Business Reorganization & Financial
Restructuring, Corporate & Securities, Entertainment &
Media, Health & FDA Business, Intellectual Property &
Technology, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax.