333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400 | Miami | FL | 33131
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Miami-headquartered Greenberg Traurig LLP (also Greenberg Traurig, PA) popularly known as GT, is an international, full-service law firm having strength in real estate, litigation, corporate, and entertainment practices. It has close to 1800 attorneys serving through 35 offices located in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The team of lawyers provides counseling to its national and international clients on federal and state laws relating to regulatory compliance and litigation.
GT stood tall amid the global economic downturn, and in 2010 the firm had a record year with its gross revenues climbing by 5% to over $1.2 billion.
What industry insiders say about the firm is that it has a 'less bureaucratic,' 'less formal' atmosphere than many peer firms. However, there is a word of caution linked to it as many praise GT's 'entrepreneurial' and 'flexible' environment as good for 'self-motivated' associates, others see a cost attached to it with too much responsibility, with partners allowing associates to 'do anything, all by themselves, without regard to potential' consequences.
But, GT still remains one among few law firms in the U.S. providing an attractive career path in the field of law with its diverse work culture and challenging environment.
A statement of support by the company shows its commitment beyond the commercial interests. "GT is the first major law firm in the United States to adopt a statement in support of tribal sovereignty in its relationships with Indian tribes and nations. This statement outlines our dedication to the integrity of Native American and indigenous peoples and reflects the unique GT culture that helps set our firm apart."
Today the firm is managed by notable names in the legal arena, Chief Executive Officer, Richard A. Rosenbaum; Executive Chairman, Cesar L. Alvarez; its President, Matthew Gorson; and its Chairman and Founder, Larry J. Hoffman.
GT had initially had only one associate and one junior partner, and what's more, the firm had no plans of expanding outside the Miami metropolitan area. Founded in 1967 by Lawrence Hoffman, Mel Greenberg and Robert Traurig, GT today has strategic alliances at Milan and Rome.
It was not before 1970 when attorneys Norman H. Lipoff and Albert D. Quentel joined with Greenberg, Traurig and Hoffman and also Former Florida governor Reubin Askew was a named partner in the early 1980s while he also sought the Democratic nomination for president.
In 1991, GT began to expand nationwide, beginning with the opening of an office in New York City. The growth never took a halt for GT since then. In July 2009, it entered the London market, forming a new UK firm, operating as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. The firm now commands a good presence in some of the advanced countries.
Areas of practice
Building & Life Safety Codes
American Indian Law
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Antitrust Litigation & Competition
Business Immigration & Compliance
Business Reorganization & Financial
Catastrophe Planning & Response
Class Action Litigation
Corporate & Securities
Defense & Homeland Security
eDiscovery & eRetention
Energy & Natural Resources
Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
Financial Services Litigation
Global Benefits & Compensation
Global Energy & Infrastructure
Global Human Capital Solutions
Global Trade & Investment
Globalization & Commercialization
Green Building & Sustainable Development
Health & FDA Business
Intellectual Property & Technology
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Dispute Resolution
Labor & Employment
Media & Entertainment Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Medical Device & Health Care
Products Liability & Mass Torts
Project & Infrastructure Finance
Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
Real Estate Litigation
Real Estate Operations
Structured Finance & Derivatives
Media & Telecommunications
Trusts & Estates
White Collar Criminal Defense
GT played a pivotal role in the landmark Supreme Court decision reaffirming the constitutionality of affirmative action programs in higher education through its amicus curiae brief. In addition, GT's leadership lobbied with other community leaders to achieve the creation of diversity-minded law schools at Florida International University and Florida A&M. GT also provides multidisciplinary legal representation to Native American tribal governments and associated entities, as well as to private and public institutions that do business with Indian tribes or invest in Indian country.
Awards and recognitions
GT has been recognized by many noted international law journals, bringing a unique distinction for the firm over industry peers. Working at GT also brings recognition to its lawyers and attorneys. Some of the indicative awards and recognition are as follows.
Has been ranked first in domestic presence (29 US locations) among the Top 10 law firms by The National Law Journal, NLJ 250, 2012
GT stands second for total number of US lawyers among the Top 10 firms, as recognized by The National Law Journal, NLJ 250, 2012
Named as the most overall first-tier rankings, most first-tier metropolitan rankings and most practice areas with first-tier rankings for the United States in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers
For those aiming to be a part of GT; top academic performance, business savvy, and proven leadership skills are the basic criteria to be fulfilled. The firm emphasizes training in not only legal skills, but also business and leadership skills, calling its lawyers "3-D lawyers." GT also recruits through law schools including University of Miami School of Law. "The need for lawyers to help clients navigate change continues to escalate. For GT, merging with other law firms to be in new markets overnight is not the way to respond to the market need. Preserving the firm's "built for change" culture is," GT believes. GT promotes entrepreneurial thinking, resulting in practical, business-focused legal services to its clients.
GT continues to foster diversity, and its commitment goes beyond any single committee - usually seen in a commercial firm. GT is the only Top 20 Am Law 100 firm with a Hispanic or African-American Executive Chairman. Also, it was one of the first Am Law Top 20 firms to have a woman chair its national litigation practice. GT helps today's lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders, which means more business opportunities for everyone - the firm, its team and its clients.
Summer associate program
At most of its offices in the U.S., GT offers eight-week summer programs with a target for the associates to complete 10 to 15 assignments over the course of the summer. Summer programs run through the normal working hours, usually means until 5:30 p.m. It also adds fun by hosting attractive lunches for the summer associates every week. In 2009, GT had extended offers to 76 % of its summer associates.
Salary & benefits
Associates at GT get their own office in their very first year, except in New York. Bar review expenses and relocation expenses on an as-needed basis are generally covered for new associates. Salaries at the firm are determined by a combination lockstep and merit system, and bonuses are entirely discretionary.
Greenberg Traurig's starting salary is $160,000. The firm pays this starting salary in each of its U.S. offices. Greenberg Traurig's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $1,310,000, placing the firm in the 62nd percentile.
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Working for the Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P
GT provides one of the most liberal and self-motivated working environment for young associates. The firm encourages its lawyers and attorneys to take up leadership roles at different level of profession, thereby bringing in more responsibility and expanding their horizons.
The firm has a hybrid staffing system, with some finding their own work through the free-market system and others getting assignments from an assigning attorney in their practice area or directly from one or two partners with whom they work exclusively. The other notable aspect is that the firm has no rotations, and associates are generally assigned to a practice area and specialty from day one, which is believed to make it difficult to change practice areas or groups later.
It may also be noted that in addition to annual performance reviews, associates also meet with shareholders to discuss business-related aspects of lawyering and their progress towards becoming a shareholder.
GT lawyers provide volunteer legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. GT attorneys also do pro bono work focusing on civil rights and affirmative action, custody and visitation, guardianship, criminal appeals, immigration/political asylum, housing and homelessness, and health care.
Among the notable pro bono activities by GT is its legal service to the One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), an innovative nonprofit organization, which offers children in the developing world a springboard to a brighter future by giving each child a rugged, low-cost laptop computer equipped with educational software and Internet access.
Another remarkable pro bono project by GT is to provide legal representation to children and young adults who are "aging out" of the foster care program in Palm Beach County, Florida and will soon be on their own. GT helps 16-to-20 year old foster care youths navigate the road to legal and financial independence, and secure opportunities that will lead to productive, successful futures.
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