Greenberg Traurig, LLP at a Glance


  • “Manageable hours requirement”
  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Entrepreneurial culture”


  • “Below-market compensation”
  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “Senior management”

The Buzz

  • “Best in Florida BigLaw”
  • “Entertainment focused”
  • “Associate mill”
  • “Silos of offices”

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.


February 2016
Madam President

Hilarie Bass, Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, has been selected to become the President-Elect Nominee of the American Bar Association. If elected in August, she will serve a one-year term as President-Elect before becoming ABA President in August 2017. Bass has been involved with the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and working her way up to become Chair of the Litigation Section, the ABA's largest section. She also served as Chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar, and as a member of the Board of Governors, House of Delegates, and the State of Florida representative on the Nominating Committee.

Rising Up

Greenberg Traurig, LLP elevated 30 attorneys to shareholder and 14 to of counsel. Greenberg's Shareholder Class of 2016 includes 23 associates, 7 of counsel elevated to shareholder, and 14 associates elevated to of counsel throughout the firm. The Class of 2016 includes more than 15 attorneys in the Litigation Practice. Also included are 10 attorneys whose core focus is Real Estate, Land Use, or Real Estate Operations. The rest of the class includes attorneys who assist clients with matters in the areas of Business Immigration & Compliance, Corporate &  Securities and M&A, Entertainment, Government Contracts & Projects, IP Litigation, Prosecution and Trademarks, Labor & Employment, Public Finance, Tax, Technology, and Trusts and Estates.

January 2016
Rudy! Rudy!

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as Global Chair of the firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice and Senior Advisor to firm Executive Chairman Richard A. Rosenbaum. Also joining Greenberg Traurig was former supervisory federal prosecutor Marc L. Mukasey who now serves as Global Co-Chair of the firm's White Collar Defense Practice. Mukasey previously served as Unit Chief and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and was a former staff attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Leading the Way

The Executive Committee approved an expected, previously announced expansion of the firm's senior management team, effective January 1, 2016. Brian L. Duffy, previously a president of the firm, assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. Duffy will split his time between the Denver and New York offices. Duffy joined Greenberg Traurig 15 years ago. He previously served as chair of the firm's global litigation department. Richard A. Rosenbaum, previously CEO, stepped into the Executive Chairman role and continues as the firm's strategic leader. He retains responsibility for a number of the firm's important leadership obligations. Larry J. Hoffman was named Founding Chairman. Hoffman was a founder of the firm, former chair of its Corporate & Securities Practice, and its second CEO. Cesar L. Alvarez and Matthew B. Gorson are now Senior Chairmen. Alvarez was a former firm CEO and former chair of its Corporate & Securities Practice. Gorson was a former firm President and former chair of its Real Estate Practice, among other leadership roles. Ernest LaMont Greer was named Co-President along with Co-President Hilarie Bass. Greer was a vice president of the firm and was the managing shareholder of the Atlanta office. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Bass was previously chair of the firm's global litigation department. She is currently an unopposed candidate for President-Elect of the ABA. In 2011, she completed her term as chair of the ABA Litigation Section. Bradford D. Kaufman became Global Chair of Professional Development and Integration as well as co-chair of the Securities Litigation Group and leads the firm's Associate Development Program. He also is a vice president and treasurer of the firm.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chief Executive Officer: Brian L. Duffy
  • Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,991

  • Base Salary

    Salaries vary by geographic market.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    37 out of 42 (2Ls) (2015)

  • 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
    Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management
    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
  • Berlin
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo
  • Warsaw
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