Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig LLP > Santa Monica, United States

Greenberg Traurig LLP
2450 COLORADO AVENUE, SUITE 400 EAST
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
United States

Real estate > Real estate Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has core strengths in property acquisitions and dispositions, investment transactions, large-scale joint venture developments, property management and leasing. The team is experience in a variety of asset classes and supports clients at all stages of transactions from zoning and due diligence through to construction and operational issues. Of recent note, the group represented Invesco Advisers Inc and L+M Workforce Housing Fund in their $1.6bn acquisition of a New York portfolio of 2,800 rental apartments. The vastly experienced Robert Ivanhoe jointly leads the practice in New York, alongside co-heads Richard Giusto in Miami and Corey Light in Chicago. Additional strengths include refinancing, refinancing and land use matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ivanhoe; Corey Light; Richard Giusto

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Lash; Kristen Lonergan; Stephen Rabinowitz; James Caserio

Key clients

SL Green

Kimco Realty Corp.

Square Mile Capital

Starwood Capital Group

The Related Companies

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Schottenstein Realty Company

Invesco

Albertson’s

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

The trial law experts at Greenberg Traurig, LLP are known for handling mass tort and class action consumer product liability matters, with recent activity in cases involving pet products, apparel, electronics, industrial products and tobacco. Chicago-based Francis Citera handles multi-state consumer class actions and serves as national coordinating counsel for companies facing multi-district and class action proceedings. He co-leads the national practice with Gretchen Miller, also in Chicago, who focuses on toxic tort, product liability and class action litigation in state and federal courts; and Lori Cohen in Atlanta, who specializes in consumer products, general commercial disputes and international litigation.

Practice head(s):

Francis Citera; Gretchen Miller; Lori Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Robert Herrington; David Coulson; Sara Thompson

Key clients

Bird Rides, Inc.

Champion Petfoods LP

Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

Twin Hill Acquisition Company, Inc., a subsidiary of The Men’s Wearhouse

Underwriters Laboratories

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

Energizer Holdings, Inc.; Energizing Manufacturing, Inc; Energizer, LLC

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Hyundai Motor America

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a diverse litigation practice, both in in terms of skill sets in the team and geographic spread. The firm serves as national and regional coordinating counsel to global pharmaceutical and medical device companies in mass torts and high-stakes single-plaintiff product liability actions. The practice has expertise in putative class action, multi-district litigation, consolidated state court proceedings and mass tort cases. Specialities for the practice include, pelvic mesh, opioids and proton pump inhibitors. The team is co-led by Lori Cohen, who is known for defending global pharmaceutical and medical device companies; Sara Thompson, whose expertise ranges from spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps, to spinal fixation devices and sales representative negligence allegations; Victoria Davis Lockard, who focuses on high-stakes, single-plaintiff cases; Los Angeles-based Ginger Pigott, a contact for MDLs, coordinated state actions and class actions; and Marcella Ducca, who has experience in medical device litigation. All named lawyers are based in Atlanta unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Lori Cohen; Sara Thompson; Victoria Davis Lockard; Ginger Pigott; Marcella Ducca

Testimonials

‘The Greenberg team is focused from day 1 on winning the trial’

‘Every step taken throughout discovery and at all points along the way is designed to help deliver the win’

‘Lori Cohen is truly remarkable’

‘Lori Cohen is highly skilled at quickly distilling a complex set of facts into a compelling, understandable trial theme’

‘Lori Cohen is also a master at being highly relatable (and ultimately persuasive) to a wide variety of audiences from jurors to judges’

Key clients

Novartis

Sandoz

Alcon Laboratories

Medtronic

Becton, Dickinson and Company

C.R. Bard

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

Bausch Health Companies

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

CryoLife

Danaher Corp.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Albertsons Companies

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Experienced in complex civil and criminal environmental matters, Greenberg Traurig, LLP focuses on representing clients in mass torts, class actions, multidistrict litigation, regulatory enforcement, and citizen suits. The firm acts for a range of industrial and commercial clients in matters related to air, water, and land contamination, as well as national resources and workplace exposures. Florida-based David Weinstein is a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the environmental and toxic tort practice. He can call on the expertise of Jillian Kirn in Philadelphia, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and has litigation and transactional experience. Also notable in the team is Libretta Stennes, who joined the Minneapolis office in 2019 from Steptoe & Johnson LLP and specializes in complex disputes, representing clients in environmental defense, mass tort, product liability, and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Toshiba Corporation

Mosaic Fertilizer and The Mosaic Company

Terminix

PH Glatfelter

Tri-Realty Company

Lockheed Martin

National Foam

Orlando Utilities Commission

Verizon

Univar

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The securities and shareholder litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP is truly national in scope. It is led by Brad Kaufman and Tracy Gerber in West Palm Beach, William Briendel in Westchester County, Robert Horowitz in New York and Daniel Tyukody in Los Angeles. 'The partners have extensive experience and take the time to explain the nuances and confusing aspects of the case and proceedings', remarks one client. The firm's presence in offices across the US sees it act in numerous cases arising from IPOs or secondary public offerings, which can now be filed in both state and federal court. The firm is busy with both securities class actions, derivative cases and regulatory enforcement matters. It remains one of the few firms to have tried a securities class action to a successful defense verdict. It also continues to be regarded as one of the leading practices for the defense of broker-dealers in securities and financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):

Brad Kaufman; Tracy Gerber; William Briendel; Robert Horowitz; Daniel Tyukody

Testimonials

The partners have extensive experience in addressing the case, having been former prosecutors and anticipating the issues that arise in the course of the proceedings.

Partners take the time to explain the nuances and confusing aspects of the case and proceedings. They work collaboratively with me, the client, and take my opinions and concerns into account when providing advice or guidance. These traits have been exhibited by all of the partners on the case, Dan Filor, Greg Kehoe and Bob Horowitz.

Key clients

Roger Jenkins

Helios & Matheson Analytics, Inc. (MoviePass)

Allegiant Travel Company

Zovio Inc (formerly, Bridgepoint Education)

LeEco Global Group, Ltd. (“LeEco”)

Plan Administrator of Cobalt International Energy, Inc.

US Virgin Island Properties, LLC

Lighting Science Group Corporation

MEDNAX, Inc. (“MEDNAX”) and two of its officers

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

The Stars Group (f/k/a Amaya Inc.)

Function(x), Inc.

Michael Pappagallo

Notorious Wines, Inc.

Nesa Solutions, Inc. vs. Omnia ME B.V

Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc.

Stiefel Laboratories

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP takes a multidisciplinary approach to regulatory and transactional legal needs in the healthcare space. The practice advises clients on healthcare transactions, including deals involving private equity and other investor groups. On the regulatory side, the team works on matters such as review of Medicare payment and policies, OIG audits and sanctions, state licensure, accreditation, CHOW, and corporate practice of medicine issues. Harold Iselin and Tricia Asaro, with assistance from Eileen Hayes (all three  based in Albany), served as outside general counsel to Oscar Insurance Program; significant work including advising on Florida health plan licensing and the ACA. Nancy Taylor in Washington DC and David Peck in Fort Lauderdale jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Other key lawyers:

Harold Iselin; Tricia Asaro; Eileen Hayes; Caroline Brancatella

Key clients

MVP Health Care

Oscar Insurance Company

The New York Health Plan Association

Texas Association of Health Plans

Wellcare Health Plans

Senior Whole Health

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a strong reputation in trade secrets litigation, handling a large volume of cases across a range of sectors, including matters related to novel technologies. Jointly led by Kurt Kappes in Sacramento, and David Long-Daniels and Natasha Wilson in Atlanta, the team is also active in audits related to trade secrets. Other key contacts include Shira Yoshor in Houston and Todd Wozniak, also in Atlanta. In addition, the team is able to work in conjunction with colleagues in the firm's international office network to seamlessly handle international disputes, as well as trade secret audits.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Kappes; David Long-Daniels; Natasha Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mauser USA

Miner

Biodesix

Material Handling Services

York Risk Service Group

Jabil

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP provides 'exceptional' advice to large US and international corporates, investors and individuals on a wide range of immigration matters, including strategic immigration planning. Jointly led by Washington DC-based Laura Reiff and Ian Macdonald in Atlanta, the business immigration and compliance group is particularly experienced in matters relating to the EB-5 immigrant investor program; Kate Kalmykov is another contact in this space. Another core strength of the team is representing businesses in large-scale audits and federal investigations. A name to note for audit and investigations work is Martha Schoonover in Northern Virginia; she also advises on a whole range of business visa matters. The team was further strengthened by two new arrivals from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & LoewyJay Ruby joined the Atlanta office, and Anna Morzy joined in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Laura Reiff; Ian Macdonald

Testimonials

‘I think what makes this firm unique is the way the whole firm is willing to help you or anyone that you are working with fully understand the process without feeling like a bother. Other firms I have worked with have NEVER went above and beyond like this firm does.

Uniqueness of this team is that they always are on top of the communication within the team and the changes of any given issues are shared which is very hard to find. The team has true effectiveness and team work is exceptional.

They all are team player and is available all times for any needs. They know each individual cases by heart (more than myself) which is truly remarkable.

Key clients

CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark

ARAMARK

CBS Corporation

CEMEX

City of Miami

Silverstein Properties

Swire Properties US

Extell New York Regional Center

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Acting both for traded and non-traded REITs, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is active across all stages of a REIT’s lifecycle. The practice group routinely handles private offerings under Rule 144A, Regulation S and Regulation D in addition to IPOs and follow-on offerings, internalizations, M&A and asset transactions. It also provides standalone advice on strategic corporate governance and exit strategies. In New York, Joseph Herz heads the practice together with Robert Ivanhoe; their team is highly regarded on the regulatory front and has also been recognized for its strength in REIT-related tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ivanhoe; Joseph Herz

Other key lawyers:

Bennett Deutsch; Jennifer Weiss; Carl Riley; Yuta Delarck; Corey Light

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Operating out of 36 offices across the country, Greenberg Traurig LLP maintains an active litigation practice and its attorneys are often called on to try high-value cases for major companies. A particular strength of the department lies in consumer class action litigation. Recent highlight work ranges across various industries. From the Chicago office, Francis Citera is representing Albertsons Companies in MDL opioid litigation. In the retail space, Gregory Casas from the Austin office and David Sellinger from the New Jersey office defended Whole Foods Market Group in the Southern District of New York against a class action alleging mislabelling and overcharging. On the West Coast, co-chair of the litigation practice Jeff Scott, alongside Vince Chieffo, obtained a $100m victory for NBCUniversal in a copyright and defamation case filed by the former manager of NWA against the film 'Straight Outta Compton'. An associate to watch in the Tampa office is Ryan Hopper. The team was boosted by the arrival of 21 lawyers throughout 2019 across the firm's offices.

Practice head(s):

Lori Cohen; Jeff Scott

Other key lawyers:

Francis Citera; Mary-Olga Lovett; Alan Mansfield; Vince Chieffo; Phillip Sellinger; Richard Edlin; Robert Herrington; Ryan Hopper; Gregory Casas

Key clients

Lighting Science Group

Pegasus Capital Advisors

Zenith Insurance

The Hearst Corporation, its affiliates, and three former executives of Hearst’s San Francisco Chronicle

Nomura Credit & Capital

NCCMI

Live Nation Entertainment

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Texas Instruments

Addison Exploration & Development

UL

The Related Group

Allegiant Air

Miratech

Whole Foods Market Group

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

The global litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP has extensive experience in cross-border work, particularly in the context of securities fraud, product liability, antitrust and financial services litigation. Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Scott and Atlanta-based Lori Cohen jointly chair the group.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 3

The securitization practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP handles a number of issuer-side mandates, where key clients include CNH Industrial Capital America - the finance arm of the owner of Iveco and New Holland. Mark Michigan co-chairs the structured finance and derivatives practice, and divides his time between New York and Dallas. Joseph Suh specializes in the formation of private funds, and has expertise in a range of corporate securities matters, including CLOs.

Practice head(s):

Mark Michigan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CNH Industrial Capital America

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

DFG Investment Advisers

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's expansive geographic presence across the US has enabled it to develop a broad conventional power regulatory practice. The group represents a client roster which encompasses a variety of public utilities, independent power producers, marketers, private equity investors, investment banks, cooperatives. Key areas of expertise include ratemaking, rulemaking and market structure proceedings, ISO and RTO matters, and certificate and licensing proceedings. Gregory Lawrence splits his time between Boston and Washington DC, and regularly represents clients before FERC and a variety of state utility commissions; he also has extensive experience in market manipulation issues, fraud enforcement investigations and regulatory compliance work. Boston-based John DeTore is also highly rated by clients for New England matters. William Garner in Houston and Kenneth Minesinger in Washington DC co-chair the energy and natural resources group, and Iskender Catto in New York leads the power industry projects and restructuring practice.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Iskender Catto

Other key lawyers:

Doreen Saia; Rabeha Kamaluddin; Gregory Lawrence; John DeTore

Testimonials

John DeTore and his team are exceptional. There is no other firm as capable in power plant development in Massachusetts and New England. The team is smart, knows the process, the players, the governmental requirements and has the experience, expertise and drive to get you there.

John DeTore is exceptional. He is quite simply the best.

‘John DeTore is an unquestionable expert on Massachusetts regulatory issues related to electric generation.’

‘John DeTore has unparalleled expertise in both the legal and practical aspects of energy regulation.’

Key clients

FirstEnergy Service Company

Shell Energy North America (US)

Entergy Corporation

Helix Ravenswood

Footprint Power

New England Energy Council

NextSun

Exelon

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's presence in multiple energy centres, along with a substantial team in Washington DC, ensures the practice is fully equipped to handle a wide range of oil and gas regulatory matters. The group has extensive experience before FERC, the DoE, the CFTC and other federal agencies, and regularly represents interstate natural gas pipelines and other clients in certificate, rate and tariff issues. Kenneth Minesinger is co-chair of the energy and natural resources practice and frequently represents clients before FERC and state regulatory commissions, and also specialises in the negotiation of commercial agreements for oil and gas projects. Other key individuals include fellow co-chair William Garner in Houston, Howard Nelson, who acts for clients before FERC, state public utility commissions, and the appeal courts; and energy regulation specialist Rabeha Kamaluddin, who joined the firm from Dorsey & Whitney LLP in 2019. Named individuals are in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Minesinger; William Garner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Willingness to test new concepts and diligence in arguing a case for regulatory approval based on national and individual merits.’

‘Going the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction and a successful outcome on the merits of the case.’

Key clients

Petro Star

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

NGL Partners

Gunvor USA

The State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development

El Paso Natural Gas

Crestwood Midstream

Union Pacific Railroad

American Midstream Partners

Encino Energy

Pilot Travel Centers

Woodfibre LNG

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP handles private litigation, and civil and criminal enforcement matters, many of which have international impact. Led by David Weinstein in Tampa, Kerri Barsh in Miami, and Philadelphia-based David Mandelbaum, the team is adept at handling class actions, mass tort litigation, and cost recovery cases including Superfund litigation. Other key figures in the team include Francis Citera in the Chicago, who focuses on toxic tort and is handling a significant groundwater claim for Lockheed Martin, and Christopher Neumann in Denver, an expert in civil and criminal environmental litigation, who has handled CERCLA claims and multiple Clean Water Act matters over the past year.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Barsh; David Mandelbaum; David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bell; Francis Citera; Troy Eid; Christopher Neumann; Steven Russo; Paul Seby; Christopher Torres; Ryan Hopper; Kaitlyn Maxwell; Will Wagner

Testimonials

‘Strong environmental litigation practice across multiple offices in the US.  Knowledgeable in technical details to craft winning legal arguments on complex industry specific litigation.’     

‘David Weinstein, David Mandelbaum, Christopher Torres and Ryan Hopper are excellent practitioners.’  

‘Associate Will Wagner has an excellent ability to navigate the complex area of Prop 65 litigation. He quickly learned our industry’s technology and toxicology and how these intersect with Prop 65.’

Key clients

Verizon

National Foam

Mosaic Fertilizer

The Mosaic Company

Univar

United Refining Company

P. H. Glatfelter

State of North Dakota

El Paso Natural Gas Co.

Lockheed Martin

Orlando Utilities Commission

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Leveraging strong working relationships with federal, state and local agencies, Greenberg Traurig LLP advises on a wide range of regulatory compliance mandates, and crisis response and management issues. The team also represents clients in permitting matters, as well as regulatory rulemaking procedures and challenges. The environmental team is led by three practitioners: David Mandelbaum in Philadelphia, David Weinstein in Tampa and Kerri Barsh in Miami, the last of whom has extensive experience in wetlands and coastal permitting, climate change matters, compliance and enforcement actions. Christopher Bell is a name to note in the Houston office; he focuses on civil and criminal enforcement and investigations, as well as emergency incident response.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Barsh; David Mandelbaum; David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bell; Curtis Toll

Key clients

McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA)

National Marine Manufacturers Association

Barrick Gold of North America

MTA Metro-North Railroad

Freedom to Drive

Colorado Automobile Dealers Association

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative

EPA Independent Monitor for Duke Energy

State of North Dakota

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Recognized for its strengths in prosecution, portfolio management, licensing and policing, Greenberg Traurig, LLP represents a host of household names clients such as Home Depot, Toyota and Ralph Lauren. The team also has a wide geographical spread with practice heads Susan HellerMark Galis and  Joel Feldman based in Orange County, Chicago and Atlanta, respectively. Heller leads the trademark team globally and as such she is particularly strong in handling international IP portfolios. New York-based Masahiro Noda is another key figure in the practice group; he specializes in portfolio management and prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Susan Heller; Mark Galis; Joel Feldman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Home Depot

United Parcel Services of America

Skip Hop

CrossFit

Jennifer Lopez

Toyota Motor North America

Shiseido Company

Ralph Lauren Corporation/PRL USA Holdings

PAVmed

Summit Wireless Technologies

Trividia Health

Saphena Medical

Torque Therapeutics

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

Headed up by Chicago-based Les Klein and New York-based Jeffrey Mamorsky, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team advises on defined benefit plan redesign and terminations, group health plans, IRS and DoL audits, and ERISA fiduciary compliance. Silicon Valley-based Magan P Ray acts as outside benefits counsel to household-name technology clients – Twitter, Google and Amazon being representative examples – on all issues pertaining to health and welfare programs, deferred compensation strategy, retirement plan redesign and the establishment of on-site clinics. Denver-based Renee O’Rouke also provides expertise on these mandates.

Practice head(s):

Les Klein; Jeffrey Mamorsky

Other key lawyers:

Magan P Ray; Renee O’Rourke

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ERISA litigation expertise spans the breadth of withdrawal liability, breach of fiduciary, stock-drop and healthcare plan disputes. Atlanta-based co-head Todd Wozniak has a notable practice in defending large-scale plan sponsors in fiduciary breach claims against their health and wellness plans concerning the provision of out-of-network services. Wozniak also has extensive ESOP litigation expertise, with recent issues involving high-value actions filed by the DOL. Practice co-heads Jeffrey Mamorsky and James Nelson, based in New York and Phoenix respectively, are also noteworthy contacts.

Practice head(s):

Todd Wozniak; James Nelson; Jeff Mamorsky

Key clients

Stiefel Laboratories

GlaxoSmithKline

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

Henny Penny Corporation

Provident Trust Group

RVR, Inc.

RVNB Holdings, Inc.

Xilinx

VMware

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has experience in handling class, collective and systemic employment litigation cases in connection with a variety of related topics. The team has a three-person lead with Atlanta-based jury trial-specialist David Long-Daniels, and Philadelphia's James Boudreau and Naomi Beer in Denver, who both have a strong track record in nationwide class actions. Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Jonathan Sulds in New York are well versed in the wage-and-hour space. Tampa's Richard McCrea is a key contact in restrictive covenant litigation. Other names to note are Natasha WilsonJohn Richards and Todd Wozniak in Atlanta as well as New Jersey's Kristine Feher and Wendy Johnson Lario. The team had a new arrival from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in July 2019: Timothy Long, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Practice head(s):

David Long-Daniels; Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Testimonials

A team of very strategic thinkers who are committed to posturing matters for resolution in cost effective way.’

Key clients

Clean Harbors

Atlanta Public Schools

Marriott Ownership Resorts

The Wendy’s Company

CVS

Tenet Healthcare

Kellogg Company

TIAA

Mauser

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP works closely with union-free and unionized clients on labor-related steps along the way, be it day-to-day counsel or proceedings before the NRLB. Co-chair of the firm's labor relations management group, Boston-based Terence McCourt, is also well versed in labor arbitrations. He jointly heads up the practice with Jerrold Goldberg in New York, who is well versed in the real estate and hospitality industries, and the key contact in the San Francisco office, Charles Birenbaum.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCourt; Jerrold Goldberg; Charles Birenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Sulds; Justin Keith; Jamie Rich

Key clients

Caesar’s Entertainment

Parkmerced

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP fields a significant team of experienced lawyers who regularly assist clients with labor and employment matters such as trainings, compliance and the drafting of policies and agreements. The team is experienced in topics such as pay equity, leave laws, discrimination and wrongful discharge, among others. Kelly Dobbs Bunting in Philadelphia has expertise in the drafting and negotiating of various agreements. Chicago's Tiffany Fordyce is frequently approached to give employment training seminars, and Kristine Feher in New Jersey is another go-to contact for workplace trainings. Johnine Barnes in Washington DC, Atlanta-based John Richards and Boston's Justin Keith are also highlighted. James BoudreauNaomi Beer and David Long-Daniels in Philadelphia, Denver and Atlanta respectively head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer;  David Long-Daniels

Key clients

Profit Investment Mgt. Inc.

Hello and Hla Media Inc.

Sunday Sky

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

With Robert Epstein in New Jersey and Michael Thomas in Miami co-chairing the construction practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP works on behalf of developers, owners and contractors during service agreement negotiations or drafting, as well as on a variety of claims and litigation cases. It has particular experience as construction counsel – encompassing all non-contentious and any contentious elements arising on larger projects. New Jersey-based shareholder David Jensen and Epstein are acting for worldwide conglomerate Triple Five Group on the £5bn American Dream retail and entertainment complex, which opened in October 2019. Elsewhere, the team has ongoing counsel responsibilities on multi-million residential and mixed-use developments and Thomas is leading for The Related Group on more than 30 projects across the US worth in excess of $10bn.

Practice head(s):

Robert Epstein; Michael Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Triple Five Development

RBH Group

Red Apple Group (Red Apple Surf Realty III)

OKO Group LLC (Crown 730 Invest LLC)

Flag Luxury Group (RP 1185 LLC)

State Farm Insurance Company

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

The Related Group

Terra Group

Falcone Group and CIM Group

Encore Housing Opportunity Fund/Falcone Group

Fort Partners

PRH Paraiso Two, LLC & PRH NE 31st Street, LLC – affiliates of The Related Group

TRG Oasis (Tower One), Ltd., TRG Oasis (One), Ltd., The Related Group, Related Florida, Inc., and TRG-Ft. Myers, Inc.

Salzedo Office, LLC – an affiliate of Codina Partners No MBV Owner, LLC – an affiliate of Starwood Capital, Blackrock Realty Advisors, Lynd Development Partners

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a track record of advising property owners on site development strategies and standalone regulatory matters pertaining to land use. Los Angeles-based Ellen Berkowitz is a name to note on the West Coast, while Nick Hockens and Jay Segal are key figures in the firm's New York office. Another contact is Ryan Bailine in Miami, who has handled zoning relating to major residential, industrial, and mixed-use developments.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Greenberg Traurig LLP houses a sizeable group consisting of nearly 70 appellate practitioners split across 29 locations nationwide. Miami-based Elliot Scherker, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick in New York, and Austin-based Dale Wainwright jointly lead the appellate group, which boasts several partners with former judgeships at the Texas Supreme Court and the New York State Court of Appeals; among them, Wainwright and Beauchamp Ciparick. The Texas Supreme Court is where the group scored a recent win for Occidental Chemical Corporation in a case of first impression raising questions of jurisdiction and separation of powers. Further, Tallahassee-based Barry Richard successfully acted on behalf of the 2018 Constitution Revision Commission in defending the ballot language of two of its amendments before the Supreme Court of Florida. On the US Supreme Court side, the practice is particularly adept at filing certiorari petitions and representing amicus curiae groups. Charles Watson in Austin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Scherker; Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick; Dale Wainwright

Other key lawyers:

Barry Richard; Charles Watson; Gregory Ostfeld; Kendyl Hanks; Brigid Cech Samole

Testimonials

Greenberg Traurig’s appellate team is extremely responsive and provides both timely and accurate legal opinions prior to making a determination as to whether or not to appeal.

Dale Wainwright is a top-notch practitioner who provides excellent advice. His written product is beyond reproach. Further, his oral argument skills are excellent.

Key clients

Occidental Chem. Corp.

Town of Ponce Inlet

Mosaic Fertilizer

Seminole Tribe of Florida

P.H. Glatfelter Company

National Mines Corporation / Old Republic Insurance Co.

Floyd Mayweather / Mayweather Promotions

Texas Oil and Gas Association

Whole Foods Market Group

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The leadership of the team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP experienced significant change in 2019, with the departure of former practice head Marc Mukasey to found Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP. The US reins were taken over by Washington DC's Nathan Muyskens, who – alongside Barry Vitou, his global co-chair in London – is creating a seamless and coordinated multi-jurisdictional practice. The team represent a mixture of corporates and individuals in government and internal investigations, and also have significant recent trial and congressional investigatory experience. Also based in Washington DC, Kyle Freeny stands out for her expertise in AML, while experienced New York trial lawyer David Miller is noted for work arising from the financial sector and sanctions-related issues. In Miami, Jed Dwyer is regularly instructed on fraud and corruption cases.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muyskens

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jed Dwyer; Matthew Cannon; Gregory Casas; Pamela Marple Kehoe

Testimonials

Greenberg Traurig did an outstanding job as my defense attorneys.’

Personal attention and outstanding strategies stand out with regard to my legal team. Matt Cannon, John Gibbons and the rest of the team were all very competent.

Key clients

1st Global Capital LLC

TracFone Wireless

Fabio Frazzetto

Richard Boncy

Dmitry Makarenko

Arkansas Senator Jeremy Hutchinson

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Headed by Sylvie Durham, the team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP handles a wide range of matters, including share repurchases, derivatives and interest rate hedges. Another key figure in the team is Nanette Aguirre, an expert in Latin America-focused deals, who also has specialist expertise in work involving private funds.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Durham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is quite experienced and as part of a larger firm has resources across other areas that may be relevant to structure finance derivatives and structured products, such as tax.’

‘Nanette Aguirre is very knowledgeable in the area and handles projects quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

Platform Specialty Products

Vizient

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Benefiting from a 'deep pool of knowledge of the energy industry' , from across the firm's multi-office platform, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is 'at the top of its game in transactions involving the highly-regulated energy and alternative power sectors'. The firm's expertise in relation to wind and solar energy finance and development matters was recently enhanced in July 2019 by the arrival of Jeffrey Chester  from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Chester now co-heads the firm's energy and natural resources team alongside Houston-based William Garner  and Washington DC-based Kenneth Minesinger .

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Jeffrey Chester

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Limpert; Andrew Scher; Robert Downing

Testimonials

The firm has a deep pool of knowledge of the energy industry and is at the top of its game in transactions involving the highly-regulated energy and alternative power sectors.

The firm is very organized and responds quickly to address questions and concerns.

I found the attention to detail and the expertise in our subject (renewable energy PPAs) to be meticulous and extensive.

Key clients

BayWa r.e. Wind

Apex Clean Energy

Prudential

AIG

MetLife

AEGON

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.

J&J Resources, Inc.

Oak Creek Energy

Solar Frontier

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP advises clients on healthcare transactions and due diligence, including deals involving private equity and other investor groups. A key area of work is advice on the regulatory components of health and insurance deals. The team also handles review of Medicare payment and policies, audits and sanctions, state licensure, and accreditation. Washington DC-based Nancy Taylor has significant experience in ACA provisions and reimbursement, and co-chairs the practice with David Peck in Fort Lauderdale.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cherniga; Michael Malone; Joseph Coniglio

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable, professional, and understanding of the health care industry and all the drastic changes that are constantly being made’

Key clients

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

MRO Corporation

New MainStream Capital

Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants

Envision Healthcare

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Valir Health

Presbyterian Communities & Services (PC&S)

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a strong base of IP litigators in Chicago, where Cameron NelsonJeffrey Dunning and global IP and technology practice co-chair Mark Galis handle a variety of trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. The team was recently involved in a high profile dispute for American Airlines against Expedia, wherein Expedia's 'Add On Advantage' loyalty program was alleged to infringe upon the client's 'AAdvantage' loyalty program. Another key contact in the team is Susan Heller in Orange County, who chairs the firm's global trademark and brand management group .

Practice head(s):

Mark Galis; Susan Heller

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Airlines

UL

Caesars Entertainment Corp.

TracFone Wireless

Segway/NinebotTechnology Co.

FUJIFILM

Mars

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP's blockchain and cryptocurrency group has core strength in financial regulation, and has also shown expertise across a range of transactional and contentious matters in the digital currency space. Carl Fornaris in Miami counts regulatory compliance, licensing and corporate transactions among his areas of expertise and jointly leads the practice alongside Los Angeles-based Barbara Jones, who focuses on corporate and securities regulatory matters. William Mack in New York is another name to note for securities law advice in the cryptocurrency space. Also of note, David Miller recently joined the New York office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Miller specializes in white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and securities and commodities enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Carl Fornaris; Barbara Jones

Other key lawyers:

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has broad expertise in federal, state, and local tax disputes, ranging from employment tax examinations and appeals to voluntary disclosures of offshore assets. A name to note in New York is Scott Fink, who has a strong track record both in civil and criminal tax disputes. Key contacts in San Francisco include SALT specialist Bradley Marsh and Michelle Ferreira, who handles a variety of federal tax matters such as IRS audits, and also represents clients in issues with state and local regulators, such as the California Franchise Tax Board. The tax controversy group is chaired by Barbara Kaplan in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Transactional oil and gas work forms a core pillar of the overarching energy and natural resources practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which is co-headed out of Houston and Washington DC by William Garner and Kenneth Minesinger respectively. The scope of the firm's expertise in the area is wide-ranging and encompasses M&A, financing, project development and general commercial and operational work for national and independent oil corporates, oilfield services companies, transportation and midstream companies. Leveraging the firm's impressive international network of offices, the team is also regularly engaged in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Key clients

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Fund

Texas LNG

Spot X Energy, LLC

Next Energy

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Woodfibre LNG

NGL Energy Partners

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's restructuring and bankruptcy group is spread across three main locations, each reporting to a different co-head: Mark Bloom in Miami, Shari Heyen in Houston, and David Kurzweil in Atlanta. They represent creditors' committees, financial institutions, bank groups, as well as debtors, in cross-border bankruptcies and restructurings. The practice grew significantly throughout 2019, with hires coming from firms such as DLA Piper LLP (US) and Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bloom; Shari Heyen; David Kurzweil

Testimonials

‘Strong and diverse team with tremendous leadership and bench strength. Works well with clients and does what is appropriate and in their best interests’

‘Practical, solution-oriented and true leaders in the bankruptcy space, able to flex teams to work with the largest clients and serve the needs of the middle market too’

Key clients

1 Global Capital

Avadel Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Department 13 International

Nader Tavakoli, acting solely as Plan Administrator of Cobalt International Energy, et al.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Senior Care Centers

PT Bakrie Telecom

Recaudo Bogota, SA

Sancilio Pharmaceuticals

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LifeCare Holdings

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP is prolific in real estate, healthcare, and financial services transactions, and is actively utilizing its nationwide reach to maintain and expand a list of noteworthy clients and cross-border mandates. A new addition to its client roster this year is office space giant WeWork, which New York-based partner Ejim Achi advised on its acquisition of Euclid. Other notable deals include Element Solutions' $4.2bn sale of Arysta LifeScience to UPL Corporation, led by Fort Lauderdale partner Donn Beloff, and J2 Acquisition's purchase of API Group for an estimated $2.9bn, which was led by a joined-up team from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and New York. The M&A practice is jointly led by Alan AnnexPeter Lieberman, and Bruce March, operating out of Miami, Chicago, and Fort Lauderdale, respectively. Experienced partner Adel Aslani-Far joined the New York office from Latham & Watkins LLP in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Adams; Alan Annex; Peter Lieberman; Bruce March

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Element Solutions

CNS Network

Hassman Research Institute

Apex Innovative Sciences

J2 Acquisition

RLJ Entertainment

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Zell Holdings

BioTelemetry

WeWork

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Restaurant Brands International

Zoe’s Kitchen

Replay Acquisition Corp.

Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corp.

SJL Partners

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's tax team is 'thoughtful and solutions-oriented'. In particular, the team is rated for its advice on state and local tax planning, securities taxation and real estate transactions. William Siegel co-chairs the practice and is noted for his tax work in relation to real estate and corporate joint ventures. Senior practice chair Martin Kalb is a name to note for trusts and estates planning, and is also recognized for his deep-seated expertise in M&A and other corporate transactions. Both attorneys are based in Miami.

Practice head(s):

William Siegel; Martin Kalb

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive, thoughtful and solution oriented.’

Key clients

MiddleGround Capital Partners

New MainStream Capital

Scott Laboratories

Stellex Capital Management

Summit Interconnect

Trivest Partners

Crossroads Live

Round Room Live

Real estate > Real estate

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 40 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: The team advises clients in organizing, operating, financing, and expanding businesses, including M&A and business combinations, divestitures; private equity and venture capital financings; LBOs, IPOs, and underwritten securities offerings; project financings; private debt financings; securitizations; going-private, credit enhancement, derivatives, and syndicated lending transactions; and broker-dealer and investment company advisory matters.

Litigation: The team comprises more than 600 litigators globally. It assists clients with antitrust; appellate; commercial litigation; class actions; construction; eDiscovery and eRetention; environmental; fiduciary litigation; financial services; IP litigation; IDR; labor and employment; media and entertainment; products liability, including pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare; real estate, securities and shareholder, and technology-related litigation; and white-collar criminal defense.

Real estate: The team has 40 years’ experience providing global legal services for property investment, development, management, and finance. The team received the Chambers USA 2018, 2017, 2013, and the 2010 Award for Excellence. Its client base comprises a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private owners.

Intellectual property and technology: The team offers strategies for the protection of clients’ IP in all technologies from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and chemistry to mechanical, electronics, and computer software and e-commerce. GT helps clients with emerging technology matters, from token generation events, initial coin offerings, and cryptocurrency exchanges, to the development and licensing of blockchain-as-a-service.

Health and FDA business: More than 100 attorneys combine dedicated experience in healthcare regulatory compliance and operational matters and related disciplines, including corporate, finance, tax, antitrust, litigation, restructuring, and IP to help clients respond to the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace.

International trade: The team advises on trade agreements, legislation, and lobbying, antitrust, and FCPA counseling, US Foreign Military Sales Program, US anti-boycott, and embargo regulations, identification of complex export control for tech, defense, and aerospace companies, defense of corporations in export-related criminal investigations and unfair trade cases.

Cybersecurity, privacy and crisis management: The team is dedicated to developing strategies to address privacy, data security, and information management issues and is well-versed in the full range of privacy and data security-related legislation and regulations in the United States (both federal and state), European Union, Mexico, and Asia.

Energy and natural resources: The team works in conjunction with other disciplines to represent a diverse group of global clients from all corners of the oil and gas industry, from independent producers to pipeline companies.

Restructuring and bankruptcy: The team has decades of advisory and litigation experience handling highly complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructuring, workouts, liquidations and distressed acquisitions and sales, as well as cross-border proceedings.

Tax, trusts and estates: The tax and wealth management attorneys advise high-net-worth individuals, families, and closely-held businesses in the growth of their family assets through planning. Additionally, they develop and implement tax strategies to maximize returns and minimize taxes.

Government law and policy: The team represents corporations, municipalities, and organizations before the legislative and executive branches in federal, state, and local governments.

Public finance: Team members serve the needs of state and local issuers and underwriters in all areas of public finance, including tax-exempt financing. For the past several years, the firm has been among the top bond counsel firms in the US, according to the ranking criteria developed by Securities Data Co. and The Bond Buyer.

Entertainment and media: With offices in the centers of the entertainment industry, the multidisciplinary practice focuses on the music, motion picture, television, live stage, and cable industries, including the convergence of new technologies, digital delivery systems, and advertising and sponsor-driven financing models.

Labor and employment: Team members assist U.S. and global clients throughout the full employment relationship, from counseling to prevention to defense.

Environmental: The team assists clients with permitting, compliance, and regulatory matters; transactions; administrative proceedings; civil and criminal enforcement; and environmental and toxic tort litigation.

Global practice: The multidisciplinary team has been involved in some of the largest transactions in recent times in markets as diverse as Latin America and Israel, and in industries that include media, real estate, telecommunications, technology, aviation, entertainment, life sciences, and financial services.

Immigration and compliance: The team is experienced in corporate immigration law and represents businesses and individuals from around the world on inbound and outbound immigration matters, legislative and policy issues, and compliance needs.

Number of lawyers : 2,200
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Chief Executive Officer : Brian L Duffy
Executive Chair : Richard A Rosenbaum
Other Offices : In addition to 30 offices in the US, the firm has offices in:
Other Offices : Amsterdam
Other Offices : Berlin
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Mexico City
Other Offices : Milan
Other Offices : Seoul
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Tel Aviv
Other Offices : Tokyo
Other Offices : Warsaw

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 40 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services. The strength of the firm’s global resources and culture enables its attorneys to combine local insights with an international perspective to help clients achieve their business goals.

Latin American practice: Our Latin America team works closely with attorneys across all of our practice groups, including our M&A, Capital Markets, Global Energy & Infrastructure Projects, Hospitality, Real Estate, Restructuring & Bankruptcy, Business Immigration, and International Litigation & Dispute Resolution teams.

US offices:  Albany, Atlanta, Austin,  Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Westchester County, and West Palm Beach.

International offices:  Amsterdam, Berlin*, London*, Mexico City*, Milan*, Seoul*. Shanghai, Tel Aviv*, Tokyo*, and  Warsaw*.

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