Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P

Main office 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400 | Miami | FL | 33131
Phone 305-579-0500 
Fax 305-579-0717 
Year of establishment 1967
Number of offices 35
Largest office Miami
Number of attorneys 947
Number of associates 321
Number of partners 465
Partner: associate ratio 1.60
Percent women attorneys 31.00
Percent minority attorneys 14.00
Percent gay attorneys 1.20


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

  • ADA
  • Accessibility
  • Building & Life Safety Codes
  • American Indian Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Antitrust Litigation & Competition
  • Appellate
  • Business Immigration & Compliance
  • Business Reorganization & Financial
  • Restructuring
  • Carbon Credits
  • Catastrophe Planning & Response
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • eDiscovery & eRetention
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Export Controls
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Global
  • Global Benefits & Compensation
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Global Human Capital Solutions
  • Global Recovery
  • Global Trade & Investment
  • Globalization & Commercialization

  • Government Contracts
  • Government Litigation
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • Health & FDA Business
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Development
  • Litigation
  • Media & Entertainment Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device & Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability & Mass Torts
  • Project & Infrastructure Finance
  • Proposition 65
  • Public Finance
  • Public Infrastructure
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Securities Litigation
  • Structured Finance & Derivatives
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wealth Management
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Notable cases

  • 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

Hiring criteria

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.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Ret. Plan w/Employer
  • Contribution
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Parental Leave
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

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.

Pro bono

    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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