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. 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.. 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.
The 2014 Chambers USA Guide included nearly 200 attorneys
and 34 practice areas from Greenberg Traurig LLP. The firm has
received several awards from Chambers throughout the
years, including USA Law Firm of the Year, five Awards for
Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
She's Got Your Back
Greenberg Traurig and U.K. publisher Chambers &
Partners hosted a Women in Law General Counsel Seminar, "How
to Assist the Next Generation of Women Leaders," at The Yale Club
in New York City. The seminar's panelists included Hilarie Bass,
co-president of Greenberg Traurig, and Patricia Menéndez-Cambó,
vice president of Greenberg Traurig and chair of the firm's Global
Practice Group. The seminar provided a networking forum for women
executives to receive guidance from other high-level women
corporate leaders. Discussion topics included:
- Developing meaningful business relationships
- Creating a supportive culture
- Negotiating compensation
- Building lasting career success
The Clients have Spoken
Greenberg Traurig is included on the "Power Elite" list in the 2014
BTI Client Relationship Scorecardreport. The report, which
is published by BTI Consulting Group (BTI), assesses the nature and
strength of client relationships for nearly 400 law firms and ranks
them across 17 industries. The "Power Elite" list includes 23 firms
that "earned BTI's hearty congratulations for boasting the largest
number of strong client relationships." Additionally, Greenberg
Traurig is listed in the following five industries-including two in
the "Honor Roll" (*) category and three in the "Leader" (**)
- Consumer Goods**
- Retail Trade **
Practice Group Perfection
Greenberg Traurig LLP is included in Law360's annual
"Practice Groups of the Year" awards listing for its Labor &
Employment, Real Estate and Hospitality practice groups. This year
marks the Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Group's second
time receiving this recognition and the Real Estate Group's third
consecutive year. The firm's Hospitality practice was chosen as
part of Law360's inaugural group. Winners are selected
based on the significance, size and complexity and number of
significant, large or complex litigation wins or deals worked on
between November 1, 2012 and November 1, 2013.
Creative Solutions for Today's Challenges
Greenberg Traurig rolled out a new residency program in the U.S.
and currently has 14 resident attorneys across 10 domestic offices.
The new residency program allows the firm to retain and hire
talented attorneys who might not typically be a candidate at larger
firms. The recent economic challenges have reshaped the landscape
for graduates seeking employment. In Denver, the firm is partnering
with the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of
Denver Sturm College of Law to bring in recent graduates and
provide them with experience and training. Martin J. Estevao, a
graduate of the University of Colorado Law School is the first
resident attorney in the Denver office.