2022 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#12
About Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
With its one and only location in Los Angeles, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP is a full-service firm with nearly 100 lawyers. Among the areas the firm covers include bankruptcy, corporate, entertainment, environmental law, and private wealth services.
One and Only
Greenberg Glusker was founded in 1959 by three California lawyers, with a focus on developing strong client relationships. The firm has remained true to this initial vision and continues from its California base, operating under a one-office model. But while the firm has eschewed geographic expansion, its reach is global. Greenberg Glusker relies primarily on lateral growth in building its ranks.
From Entertainment to Real Estate—and Dozens More
With more than 20 practice areas—and dozens of sub practices—Greenberg Glusker counsels clients on a range of areas. Among its practices include bankruptcy; cannabis; corporate, finance, and securities; digital media and technology; employment; entertainment; environmental law; litigation; music law; private client services; real estate; sports; tax; video games; and more.
Greenberg Glusker is particularly well known for its work in the entertainment sphere. Clients have included James Cameron, Vin Diesel and One Race, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Cruise, Riot Games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Marvel Entertainment, and the estate of Bob Marley. Entertainment industry magazines like Variety and Hollywood Reporter have listed Greenberg Glusker attorneys on lists of lawyers to know in the biz. The firm is home to leading entertainment attorney Bertram—or “Bert”—Fields. Fields has secured victories for clients like Tom Cruise, the Beatles, and Madonna, not to mention snagging a walk-on role in Dragnet early in his career after representing actor Jack Webb.
The firm also boasts a strong real estate practice through which its lawyers advise on everything from acquisitions and sales to financing and land use to project development and restructuring. The firm is a regular on the real estate scene in Southern California, but its reach extends beyond the Golden State. Clients include banks, commercial and residential brokerage firms, construction companies, government agencies, investors, landlords and tenants, and REITs, to name some. The firm’s real estate professionals don’t operate in a box, integrating an interdisciplinary practice—including such areas as tax, bankruptcy, and environmental issues.
Another key area for the firm is its environmental law practice. Greenberg Glusker attorneys are experienced in such areas as the federal Superfund law, air quality, environmental contamination, and regulatory matters. The firm also boasts experience in environmental litigation.
Big Bro & Sis
Most firms nowadays have mentoring programs, but at Greenberg Glusker, associate mentors are called “big siblings.” Siblings make themselves available to answer all day-to-day questions. The firm expects these relationships to carry through until the associate becomes a partner. The firm also assigns “siblings” to summer associates to help them adjust to law firm life.
Why Work Here
At Greenberg Glusker, we profoundly subscribe to the belief that our workforce is our most valuable asset, and we pair that belief with action to ensure that our team members feel both valued and supported. Between a comprehensive benefits package, on-site fitness classes and wellness workshops, diversity events, and philanthropy opportunities, the Firm offers several programs to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of its workforce. Additionally, the Firm provides many social opportunities throughout the year, helping team members to connect across levels and departments. We are proud to have been included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Admired Law Firms to Work For list and to have landed at #1 in Wellness in Vault’s 2021 Quality of Life rankings for our efforts.
2049 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-3610
Chairman and Managing Partner: Bob Baradaran
Recruiting Chair: Aaron Gafni
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
50 - 100
1st year: $170,000
2nd year: $175,000
3rd year: $180,000
4th year: $185,000
5th year: $195,000
6th year: $210,000
7th year: $220,000
Summer Associate: $3,076/week
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA
Bankruptcy, Reorganization, & Capital Recovery
Consumer Branded Products
Coronavirus Task Force
Corporate, Finance, & Securities
Cybersecurity & Privacy
Digital Media & Technology
Private Client Services
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.