Greenberg Traurig, LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Entrepreneurial”
  • “Excellent for employment law”
  • “Sweatshop”
  • “Highly varied talent”

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 2013, the firm added an office in Seoul.

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 2014

Chambers' Champs
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.

April 2014

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 of 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 

March 2014

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" (**) category:

  • Chemicals*
  • Consumer Goods**
  • Energy*
  • Insurance**
  • Retail Trade ** 

January 2014

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.

October 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.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

333 Avenue of the Americas (S.E. 2nd Avenue)
Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 579-0500
Fax: (305) 579-0717


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chief Executive Officer: Richard A. Rosenbaum
  • Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,721

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  • Base Salary

    The firm says: Greenberg Traurig is in more than 30 markets and pays market rates in each.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    26 out of 33 (2013)

  • 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
  • Warsaw
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