Greenberg Traurig, LLP at a Glance


  • “Work is pretty engaging”
  • “Very flexible practice group”
  • “Elite clients”


  • “I work too much”
  • “Compensation is a black box”
  • “Below market compensation”

The Buzz

  • “Entertainment powerhouse”
  • “Entrepreneurial”
  • “Florida”
  • “Unfriendly”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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, it ranks as one of the nation's largest firms.

Southern Heat

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.

Hoffman Steps It Up

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.

Still Growing

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 2015, the firm added an office in Tokyo.

Building a Practice

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.


May 2015

Supreme Win

Barry Richard, a shareholder with the Litigation Practice Group in the Tallahassee, Florida office, obtained a favorable United States Supreme Court decision in favor of longtime client The Florida Bar in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. Richard was assisted by Shareholder M. Hope Keating. The case is Richard's fourth time-and fourth win-arguing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Beyond Florida, the ruling will have implications in many of the 39 states where voters elect trial or appellate judges.

April 2015

Think of the Children

Kids in Need of Defense honored Greenberg Traurig with an award for extraordinary contributions to the protection of children who come alone to the United States in search of safety. KIND presented the award during its annual Benefit Dinner Gala. Greenberg Traurig, along with three other major law firms, received KIND's Allegiance Award for providing thousands of hours of pro bono representation to unaccompanied children referred to KIND. Lawyers across the firm provide pro bono legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them.

Out in Law

Richard Rosenbaum, chief executive officer of Greenberg Traurig, hosted the second annual Out in Law: U.S. LGBT Leadership summit at the New York Law School. Brad Kaufman, vice president and treasurer of Greenberg Traurig, also spoke at the event regarding equality and attorney-client relationships. An initiative of the global LGBT business advisory firm Out Leadership, Out in Law brings together executives from leading global law firms to share strategy around issues at the intersection of LGBT and the law.

February 2015

Happy Clients, Happy Lawyers

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the top 10 law firms serving as home to the 2015 BTI Client Service All-Stars, according to the publisher of the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2015 report, which includes five of the firm's shareholders, who are recognized by corporate counsel for their superior client service. Recently, for the third consecutive year, Greenberg Traurig was ranked on "The BTI Client Service 30," an elite group of 30 law firms most recognized, by clients, for providing excellent client service.

August 2014

Aces High  

Greenberg Traurig represented client Amaya Gaming Group Inc. as lead M&A counsel in the negotiation of a merger agreement with Oldford Group Limited, the privately held parent company of Rational Group, the world's largest online poker business and owner and operator of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands.  The $4.9 billion transaction created the world's largest publicly traded online gaming company. PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, which combined are the world's most popular and profitable online poker brands, have more than 85 million registered players on desktop and mobile devices.

February 2014

The Real Deal

The firm represented Starwood Capital Group in the $191-million acquisition of a real estate portfolio comprised of income-generating office and retail properties spanning multiple states. The seller was special servicer CWCapital Asset Management.  Last fall, Starwood retained Greenberg Traurig to serve as counsel in a complex 26-state, 65-property bidding process, of which this latest acquisition is a component. A total of 60 Greenberg Traurig employees in 13 offices were devoted to the Starwood bidding process.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

200 Park Avenue
MET LIFE Building
New York, NY 10166
Phone: (212) 801-9200
Vault ID: 1821


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chief Executive Officer: Richard A. Rosenbaum
  • Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,869

  • Employment Contact

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  • Base Salary

    Firm did not provide salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    28 out of 36 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes
    American Indian Law
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Antitrust Litigation & Competition
    Business Immigration & Compliance
    Business Reorganization & Bankruptcy
    Carbon Credits
    Catastrophe Planning & Response
    Class Action Litigation
    Climate Change
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Corporate & Securities
    Defense & Homeland Security
    Economic Crisis & Recovery
    eDiscovery & eRetention
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
    Export Controls
    Fiduciary Litigation
    Financial Services Litigation
    Global Benefits & Compensation
    Global Human Capital Solutions
    Global Recovery
    Global Trade & Investment
    Globalization & Commercialization
    Government Contracts
    Government Litigation
    Governmental Affairs
    Green Building & Sustainable Development
    Health & FDA Business
    Insurance Recovery & Advisory
    Insurance Regulatory & Transactions
    Intellectual Property & Technology
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Dispute Resolution
    Labor & Employment
    Land Development
    Media & Entertainment Litigation
    Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation
    Products Liability & Mass Torts
    Project & Infrastructure Finance
    Proposition 65
    Public Finance
    Public Infrastructure
    Real Estate
    Real Estate Litigation
    Real Estate Operations
    Securities Litigation
    Structured Finance & Derivatives
    Technology, Media & Telecommunications
    Trusts & Estates
    Wealth Management
    White Collar Criminal Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Morristown, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • White Plains, NY
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Amsterdam
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo
  • Warsaw
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