Greenberg Traurig, LLP at a Glance


  • “Real work and responsibilities early on”
  • “The people”
  • “Decent work-life balance”


  • “Compensation”
  • “Opaque management and expectations”
  • “Stressful”

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 2018

On June 5, 2018, a team of attorneys from the White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, obtained a new trial for their client, Michael Gramins, in a criminal conspiracy case in the District of Connecticut. Gramins, a former mortgage-backed securities trader at a large bank, was charged with nine counts of securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. At trial last year, the same team secured a not guilty verdict or a hung jury on eight of the nine counts; the lone count of conviction has now been vacated.

May 2018

Greenberg Traurig, LLP ranks among the Top 20 firms on the 2018 BTI Brand Elite Report. The firm has been among the best branded law firms for five consecutive years, according to the report publisher, BTI Consulting Group.

February 2018

Greenberg Traurig, LLP reported firmwide revenue for FY2017 of $1,477,180,000, an increase of 7.28 percent over 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year of record-setting revenues. Greenberg Traurig also announced the elevation of 42 attorneys to shareholder. Women make up 50% of the new shareholder class.

November 2017

Greenberg Traurig, LLP received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. CEI is a benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. 

August 2017

For the 11th consecutive year, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America  than any other law firm in the guide. The guide also lists 26 of the firm's attorneys as "Lawyers of the Year" in their respective practices and markets. 

August 2017

Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP assumed the prestigious role of president of the American Bar Association at the ABA Annual Meeting. She will serve a one-year term, through August 2018. The organization's 400,000 members make it the world's largest voluntary professional organization.

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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 2018: 1,991

  • Base Salary
    Salaries vary by geographic market New York
    1st year: $180,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    42 out of 43 (2Ls) (2017)

  • 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