This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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In early 2013, Greenberg Traurig opened its doors in Seoul, South Korea. The firm is not alone in this expansion with a host of foreign firms having received approval to open a foreign legal consultant office. The expansion was led by New York-based Chang Joo Kim and the firm aims to work alongside local firms in the region to serve the global needs of Korean clients.
|Aviation||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||2|
|Business Crime Defence||2||Investigations||1|
|Capital Markets||1||Labour & Employment||5|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Life Sciences||1|
|Corporate Governance||1||Private Client||5|
|Corporate Immigration||3||Product Liability Defence||3|
|Environment||3||Sports & Entertainment||4|
|Franchise||1||Telecoms & Media||1|
|Information Technology||3||Trade & Customs||2|
2013 also saw the firm announce its new executive committee members including the selection of the firm’s first female co-president Hilarie Bass; Richard Rosenbaum will remain chief executive officer.
|Total Listings in WWL||54||Established||1967|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||1,714|
|Number of partners||909||Number of offices||36|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The real estate practice comprises more than 200 lawyers offering advice on commercial, recreational and residential real estate. In 2013, the firm advised on one of the largest US real estate deals in recent memory, advising on the proposed $1.1 billion sale of consumer electronics giant Sony’s US headquarters to Chetrit Group, a family-owned property management and development company. The global practice is led by Robert Ivanhoe who also serves as co-chair of the REIT group. His practice centres on real estate structures, financings, workouts, restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions of all assets classes of real estate. Steven Fleissig earns high praise for his knowledge of real estate finance issues, while Toni Wise specialises in representing companies in the acquisition, leasing and financing of real estate. She represents a substantial number of life sciences and technology companies in the acquisition and development of office, manufacturing and research facilities. Michael Fishman is co-chair of the Chicago real estate practice and is experienced in real estate, real estate finance, private equity and real estate fund formation. He is “articulate” and “very astute”.
Greenberg Traurig’s labour and employment practice aims to provide employers with strategic counsel to assist in their adaptation to evolving labour markets. The firm’s recent successes include representing Ashley Furniture and Murphy in a case where, for the second time the federal judge refused to certify a class of current and former Ashley Furniture Industries’ employees who accuse the manufacturer of denying overtime wages. Peter Zinober is co-chair of the global labour and employment, and global human capital solutions practices. He specialises in employment discrimination cases in state and federal court and is “sensational” according to peers. Miami-based Joseph Fleming is a “formidable litigator” with extensive experience in labour and employment matters. In Amsterdam, Dorothé Smits focuses on cross-border HR business, transfer of undertakings, restructuring projects, individual and collective dismissal, social media, restrictive covenants and employers’ liability.
The firm’s private client offering includes dedicated trusts and estates and wealth management practices. Lawrence Heller advises individuals and their families on matters relating to domestic and international estate and income tax planning. He is “user friendly, smart and very capable” according to clients. Diana Zeydel chairs the trusts and estates practice and is noted for her significant work in the areas of wealth transfer strategies and business succession planning. Norman Benford is chair emeritus of the trusts and estates practice and is a “leading authority” in the area.
Entertainment and media are areas in which the firm is an “established player” in the market. Joel Katz chairs the global practice and enjoys a “high-profile reputation” in the industry. Vincent Chieffo is co-chair of the national media and entertainment litigation group focusing on disputes throughout the entertainment business including copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, defamation, royalties and participations, distribution and financing agreements. Daniel Black has extensive experience in the television, motion picture and digital media arenas and has served as lead counsel on numerous transactions with the major motion picture studios and television networks. He is chair of the West Coast entertainment and media practice. Jay Cooper specialises in IP matters for clients in the music, motion picture, television and multimedia industries. He founded the firm’s Los Angeles entertainment practice.
The firm partners with many pro bono organisations throughout the US including the National Women’s Law Center, Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, among many others. The ABA’s national pro bono week is marked with a full schedule of activities and each year Greenberg Traurig announces its “GT Pro Bono Office of the Year”. In 2013, the Houston office was awarded the accolade.
Greenberg Traurig believes that diversity is about taking action and the firm played a pivotal role in the landmark Supreme Court decision reaffirming the constitutionality of affirmative action programmes in higher education through its amicus curiae brief. The firm’s affinity groups address the needs of lawyers and professionals who are diverse with respect to gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. Twenty-nine per cent of the firm’s 3,000 US employees are minorities.
In line with its commitment to being a leading firm in the areas in which clients are facing a “new normal”, the firm has relaunched its life sciences practice as a life sciences and medical technology group to better meet clients’ growing needs in this new era of health-care reform. Greenberg Traurig aims to combine three key assets: strong local commitment and roots in its markets, global level of quality and a universal commitment to a business model and a level of collaboration that delivers extraordinary value.
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