2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Compensation could be a little better.”
“The uncertainty about partnership prospects.”
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. In fact, the firm is among the Top 20 in Vault’s Media, Entertainment, & Sports ranking. Clients have included James Cameron, Vin Diesel and One Race, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Cruise, Riot Games, Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Marvel Entertainment and 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 to land use to project development to 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.
News & Awards
Greenberg Glusker LLP was named one of the Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For by Vault. In addition to being ranked #4 overall in the nation, the firm's other rankings include: #1 Best Midsize Law Firms for Firm Culture, #1 Best Midsize Law Firms for Hours, #7 Best Midsize Law Firms for Satisfaction, #9 Best Midsize Law Firms for Pro Bono.
Chambers USA recognized four of the firm’s practice areas and six of its attorneys in the 2019 edition of the guide for California. Greenberg Glusker’s Entertainment Litigation Practice is ranked by Chambers USA for the eleventh consecutive year. For 2019, Greenberg Glusker’s Environment, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy/Restructuring Practices are acknowledged by Chambers USA as a “Recognized Practice.”
Greenberg Glusker was recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” for a total of 19 areas of practice. In addition, 26 of the firm’s attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 rankings.
1900 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-3610
Chairman and Managing Partner: Bob Baradaran
Recruiting Chair: Aaron Gafni
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
50 - 100
1st year: $160,000
2nd year: $165,000
3rd year: $170,000
4th year: $180,000
5th year: $190,000
6th year: $205,000
7th year: $215,000
Summer Associate Offers:
2 out of 2 (2Ls) (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
2 total (All 2Ls) (2019)
Los Angeles, CA
Bankruptcy, Reorganization, & Capital Recovery
Consumer Branded Products
Corporate, Finance, & Securities
Emerging Technology & New Media
Private Client Services