Greenberg Traurig, LLP at a Glance


  • “Early responsibility on real legal work”
  • “Good work/life balance”
  • “Training and partner interaction”


  • “Black box compensation”
  • “Old technology”
  • “Lack of transparency”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP counts among its clients some of the biggest names in information technology, energy, entertainment, telecommunications, real estate, financial services, and health care. With over two dozen offices worldwide, an exceptionally broad practice scope and household names for clients, 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 90s.

Hoffman Steps It Up

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 Latino 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 and one in Berlin. Richard A. Rosenbaum, now the firm's Executive Chairman and previously its CEO and President, joined the firm in 1985 as its 90th lawyer. He is credited with leading the development of the firm's New York office and many of its locations across America, as well as its locations outside the United States. Brian L. Duffy is the current CEO.

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.


June 2017
We're Number One!

Greenberg Traurig is now the largest law firm in the United States, based on the number of U.S. lawyers, according to the Law360 400 list. The firm, which has gone international, was founded in Miami in 1967 by lawyers Mel Greenberg, Larry Hoffman and Robert Traurig. It's now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

May 2017

Greenberg Traurig received the 2017 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate at the Chambers and Partners USA Awards for the third time. The team, now more than 300 strong, also received the award in 2013 and 2010. "A real estate powerhouse with unmatched coverage nationwide. Advises across the full spectrum of real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions as well as development-related matters. Also accomplished advisers on related restructuring matters and workouts, land use issues and cross-border transactions," notes the Chambers and Partners website editorial commentary about the team, which ranks in the guide's top band nationwide.

Equal Justice

The Greenberg Traurig Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation has named eight new public interest fellows in partnership with Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization that provides 2-year fellowships to aspiring public interest lawyers. The eight new fellows join the eight current Greenberg Traurig-sponsored fellows who are entering the final year of their fellowships. Since 1999, Greenberg Traurig has invested more than $9 million to fund 142 Equal Justice Works Fellows.

March 2017
Golden Anniversary

More than 600 South Florida business, government and nonprofit leaders joined Greenberg Traurig, P.A. on March 14 to celebrate the firm's 50th anniversary at an event held at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Government officials in Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, the City of Miami Beach, the City of Coral Gables, and the City of Doral issued proclamations designating the day as "Greenberg Traurig Day," in celebration of the firm's 50th anniversary.

December 2016
LGBT Equality

Greenberg Traurig received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. CEI is a benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality. The 2017 CEI rated more than 1,000 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices. Companies and firms receiving a 100 percent score, as Greenberg Traurig did, are designated as Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.

August 2016
Madam President

Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig, assumed the prestigious role of president-elect of the American Bar Association at the ABA Annual Meeting. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming ABA president in August 2017, where she will work to further the organization's mission of defending liberty and delivering justice for all.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Brian L. Duffy
  • Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 1,991

  • Base Salary

    Salaries vary by geographic market

    New York
    1st year: $180,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    44 out of 46 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes • American Indian Law • Antitrust & Trade Regulation • Antitrust Litigation & Competition • Appellate • Business Immigration & Compliance • Business Reorganization & Bankruptcy • Carbon Credits • Catastrophe Planning & Response • Class Action Litigation • Climate Change • Commercial Litigation • Construction Litigation • Corporate & Securities • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management • Defense & Homeland Security • Economic Crisis & Recovery • eDiscovery & eRetention • Energy & Natural Resources • Entertainment • Environmental • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation • Export Controls • Fiduciary Litigation • Financial Services Litigation • Global • 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 • Litigation • 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 • Tax • 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 • Berlin • London • Mexico City • Shanghai • Seoul • Tel Aviv • Tokyo • Warsaw