2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are supportive and optimistic.”
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.
Greenberg Traurig traces its roots to 1967, when three Miami attorneys established a practice modeled on New York’s boutique transactional firms. Mel 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 the firm’s CEO in the ’90s. Under Hoffman’s leadership, the firm began significant expansion around the U.S. Greenberg Traurig continued to grow through the late 1990s and early 2000s, both through organic expansion and strategic acquisitions of other firms. Today, the firm boasts 31 offices around the U.S. and 10 international locations.
From Construction to Ball Games
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. The firm’s real estate department is armed with more than 400 lawyers who work with clients across the world. The firm’s experience spans all facets of the industry, including construction, finance, hospitality, land development and land use, leasing, litigation matters, REITs, tax, and more.
The firm is also known for its Entertainment & Media practice and has ranked among the top 10 firms in Vault’s inaugural Media, Entertainment, & Sports ranking. The firm’s lawyers work across practices, serving clients needs in financing, IP counseling, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, regulatory issues, tax, trusts and estates, and more. Among the firm’s specialties are sports facilities and entertainment venues, sports law, and video games and esports.
Choose Your Track
Greenberg Traurig offers an alternative to the typical law firm associate path through its practice group attorney position. Practice group attorneys are full-time hires who receive benefits but are not on the shareholder track. The position is not limited by level. And the position is fluid—if a lawyer decides they want to transition from a practice group attorney to get back on the partnership track, they can.
News & Awards
GT opened three new offices in the first half of 2019: Effective July 1, 2019, it combined with its longstanding ally Santa Maria Studio Legale, a truly elite Italian boutique. This is GT’s 41st office worldwide and its fifth in Europe; it is located in Milan, Italy. On June 17, Julie Mix McPeak, who stepped down as the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner, joined the firm’s leading Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice and now serves as one of the founders of the firm’s 40th location worldwide—in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the firm’s 31st U.S. location. In February, GT added a 30th office in the United States—its 39th worldwide.
GT has announced its founding of “Recurve.” Recurve will be a first-of-its-kind global shared services platform intended to facilitate open collaboration among clients, trusted legal advisors and tech, staffing, space, and other experts in services which support innovation, efficiencies, and value in the delivery of legal services.
The firm and four of its attorneys were named finalists for Chambers 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards from Chambers and Partners. The firm was selected as a finalist for Most Inclusive Firm for LGBT+ Lawyers and Pro Bono Program of the Year.
GT is participating CLOC: It’s [About] Time We Define the Future of Legal Services Delivery initiative to assess “the evolution of collaboration and engagement for the benefit of legal services consumers.” The initiative is being developed and implemented in collaboration with other CLOC member organizations.
- Most attorneys listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2019
- Most African-American partners and attorneys overall and most Hispanic/Latino-American partners, and attorneys overall; No. 6, number of minority attorneys overall; and No. 7, number of Asian-American partners, American Lawyer, Diversity Scorecard, 2019
- Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative, Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Top 100, Vault Law, 2019
- Select Pro Bono Awards, 2018: Alexis Rovzar Pro Bono Medal of Merit, Appleseed Mexico; Pro Bono Award Latin Lawyer, Pro Bono Award, Legal Information for Families Today; Pro Bono Mission Partner Award (Regional Leadership), The Veterans Consortium; and ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award.
200 Park Avenue
MET LIFE Building
New York, NY 10166
Phone: (212) 801-9200
Managing Partner: Brian L. Duffy
Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2K - 2.5K
1st year: $130,000-$190,000*
*Salaries vary by geographic market.
Summer Associate Offers:
30 out of 30 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
35 total (30 2Ls; 5 1Ls) (2018)
Boca Raton, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Tysons Corner, VA
West Palm Beach, FL
White Plains, NY
Banking & Financial Services
Energy & Natural Resources
Entertainment & Media
Government Law & Policy; Government Contracts
Health Care & FDA Practice
Immigration & Compliance
Intellectual Property & Technology; Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Labor & Employment
Life Sciences & Medical Technology
Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care
Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Tax & Private Wealth Services
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.