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Greenberg Traurig LLP
101 Second Street
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105-3668
United States

Real estate Tier 1

Stephen Rabinowitz in New York co-leads Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s nationwide real estate practice alongside Miami’s Richard Giusto, with both highly distinguished for their expertise in commercial property acquisition and disposition, investment and development work. Also in New York, Robert J. Ivanhoe concentrates on REITs, financings, workouts and restructurings. In Chicago, Corey Light represents retailers, property owners and developers and has recently advised Greystar in the sale of a 30-property, multifamily housing portfolio to Ivanhoe Cambridge for $3.6bn. In the same office, Michael Baum advises clients in connection with the sponsorship, formation and implementation of U.S. and international, with a strong focus on Mexico and Brazil, real estate opportunity funds, joint ventures, acquisitions, financings, leasing and dispositions. From the Orange County office, Bruce Fischer chairs the West coast real estate offering. The firm also frequently advises on corollary practices such as environmental, tax, insurance, ADA and litigation.  

Practice head(s):

Richard Giusto; Stephen Rabinowitz; Michael Baum

Other key lawyers:

Robert J. Ivanhoe; Bruce Fischer; Corey Light


Customer service is outstanding. Understand the need to bring in specialists from around the GT organization.

Key clients

Brookfield Properties Group

Global Student Accommodation

KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III Inc.

CBRE Investment Management

SL Green Realty Corp

Square Mile Capital Management

Starwood Capital Group

Swire Properties

The Ardent Companies

Trammell Crow

Work highlights

  • Represented KBS Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc in matters including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings in properties across the United States, including the most recent sale of 207,000 SF, three building Class A office park in Fairfax, VA for $23 million.

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

With resources spread across the length and breadth of the country, including New York and California, Greenberg Traurig LLP is well-positioned to resource consumer class actions and MDLs, irrespective of geographical location. The team’s real world experience of representing leading consumer brands from a myriad sectors ensures a deep level of industry and technical knowledge associated with their business lines, knowledge which it effectively parlays with procedural and strategic nous for clients throughout the litigation continuum. Los Angeles-based partner Robert Herrington has a robust litigation practice which frequently sees him engaged in product liability and misleading advertising class actions for companies from an eclectic mix of industry sectors; he has also recently had key involvement in developing winning strategies for defendants facing the growing trend of the plaintiffs’ bar of initiating mass arbitration claims instead of filing a class action. Other key members of the team include Los Angeles-based practitioner Michael McCarthy , whose reputation continues to grow as a result of his defense of consumer products companies before state and federal courts in all phases of litigation; New York-based Stephen Saxl, who co-heads the class action litigation group with Herrington; and Chicago-based practitioners Francis Citera and Gretchen Miller , who co-head the products liability and mass torts sub-group.

Practice head(s):

Robert Herrington; Stephen L. Saxl; Francis Citera; Gretchen Miller

Other key lawyers:

Michael McCarthy; Eva Spahn


‘The firm displays meticulous attention to detail. They understand how to navigate through bureaucracy of government.’

‘Frank Citera is a seasoned lawyer who can solve almost any issue. He is tenacious, thoughtful and intelligent.’


Key clients

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Sony Electronics

The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc.

Energizer, LLC

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

Target Corporation

Ford Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company

Albertson’s Companies, Inc.

Deva Concepts LLC, Deva Curl

Work highlights

  • Representing Albertsons in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation pending in the Northern District of Ohio, which consists of more than 3,000 matters pending in the multi-district proceedings, as well as in several state jurisdictions throughout the country.
  • Representing Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in multiple putative class actions alleging false advertising and product defects involving consumer electronics like the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Watch Active2, and Chromebook Plus, as well as home appliances like refrigerators and ranges.

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

Co-headed from Atlanta and Chicago by Sara Thompson and Gregory Ostfeld, respectively, and also drawing upon the expertise of many pharma and medical devices product liability experts throughout the firm’s extensive network of national offices, Greenberg Traurig LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle large caseloads on a national scale, while also deploying expert trial lawyers in challenging venues. Vastly experienced trial lawyer Lori Cohen has been key to the firm’s success over the years, taking the lead in many high-profile MDLs and mass torts, while also providing excellent mentorship of the firm’s younger attorneys. Cohen has successfully cultivated many longstanding and close relationships with leading life sciences/medical devices companies, including Becton Dickinson, who she represents as national and trial counsel across a range of high-profile product liability cases including as it relates to hernia and pelvic mesh. Glenn Kerner and Nilda Isidro are key names both on the litigation front, including for generic pharmacy manufacturer Teva, and in relation to risk management and counselling.

Practice head(s):

Sara Thompson; Gregory Ostfeld

Other key lawyers:

Lori Cohen; Sabrina Gallo; Nilda Isidro; Ethel Johnson; Glenn Kerner; Victoria Lockard; Cliff Merrell; Ginger Pigott; Marcella Ducca; Alexandra Lagos; Enjoliqué Lett; Sean Jessee; Jacqueline Tambone deGrandpre; Evan Holden; Daniel Smulian; Allison Ng; Taryn Harper; Akiesha Gilcrist Sainvil; Steven Harkins

Key clients

Smith + Nephew

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bracco Diagnostics / ACIST Medical Systems



Becton, Dickinson and Company; C. R. Bard, Inc.

Sandoz Inc.; Eon Labs, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc.

Alcon Vision LLC

Sterigenics U.S., LLC; Sotera Health

Berkley Life Sciences, LLC

aap Implantate AG

Artivion (f/k/a CryoLife)

Danaher Corp.

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

B. Braun Interventional Systems, Inc.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing BD/Bard in their inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and hernia mesh litigation.
  • Representing Medtronic in cases involving implantable cardiovascular devices, neuromodulation devices, and implanted intrathecal pain pump devices.
  • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in amiodarone litigation in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the dismissal of all claims in Bennett et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

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

With a sprawling presence throughout the country, including in key offices in Florida, New York and Chicago, Greenberg Traurig LLP is well-positioned to defend chemicals, manufacturing and energy clients against alleged toxic tort and environmental infractions, irrespective of geographical location. Able to mobilize resources utilizing core environmental and litigation practitioners, as well as frequently drawing upon the expertise of practitioners in other key practice areas, including real estate and construction, the team is particularly effective at handling large-scale multi-pronged matters involving regulatory enforcement actions, criminal and private class actions. The team, which is led out of Tampa by seasoned trial lawyer David Weinstein, is adept and has achieved significant victories over the years, at trial and appeal, in cases involving alleged soil, water, and air pollution. Key to these successes is the firm’s in-depth understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and ability to develop expert analyses to best serve their clients’ objectives.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Torres; Francis Citera; Gretchen Miller; Steven Russo; Libretta Stennes; Keith Smith; Kaitlyn Maxwell; Ryan Hopper; Brian Porter; Raymond Jackson; Christopher White; Adam Kirschbaum

Key clients

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Union Pacific Railroad

The Mosaic Company

National Foam, Inc. and other related entities

Empire State Development

PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority

Ovivo Water, LLC

Orlando Utilities Commission

Work highlights

  • Representing Orlando Utilities Commission in a high-stakes toxic-tort class action in which plaintiffs allege, among other things, that particulates from a coal-fired power plant “have contaminated [more than 15,000] properties with carcinogenic radionuclides” and caused children in the class area to develop fatal “paediatric brain and blood cancers.”
  • Representing 8701 Collins Development, LLC and related entities in a consolidated class-action arising from the Champlain Towers South building collapse on June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.
  • Representing Lockheed Martin in five separate but related high-profile toxic tort actions.

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 2

Jointly headed by Nancy E. Taylor and David Peck, Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s health insurance team acts for national and regional insurers with a strong offering on regulatory and transactional matters. Taylor is based in Washington DC, where she specializes in FDA regulatory matters, ACA provisions, and CMS reimbursement and policy issues. Fort Lauderdale-based Peck assists private equity firms, investors, and other corporates with financing, acquisitions, and other transactional matters in the healthcare insurance space. Albany’s Eileen M. Hayes advises on Medicaid and managed care and insurance regulatory matters with a focus on the New York marketplace. Harold N. Iselin, also based in Albany, is praised for his ‘unparalleled‘ regulatory expertise, while Tricia A. Asaro is noted for her deep understanding of New York state regulatory matters. Other key names include Joseph F. Coniglio, practicing from Dallas, as well as of counsels Caroline Brancatella and Elizabeth Sacco, both in Albany.

Practice head(s):

Nancy E. Taylor; David Peck


‘The team has broad and very deep experience. Perhaps the strongest among peer organizations in the regulatory area for healthcare and the overall healthcare market. Helpful to have broad expertise under one roof.’

‘Harold Iselin – experience and knowledge of legal and regulatory matters, as well as his network, is unparalleled. Tricia Asaro’s experience with NY regulatory matters is very deep. All lawyers are a pleasure to work with. Their flexibility is wonderful.’

Key clients

Affinity Health Plan

MVP Health Care

MetroPlus Health Plan Inc.

Oscar Insurance Corporation

New York Health Plan Association

United HealthCare


Longevity Health Founders



Texas Association of Health Plans

Work highlights

  • Advised Affinity in the company’s recent sale to Molina Healthcare, Inc. and the distribution of the proceeds of the sale to community-based organizations through a grant program approved by the Attorney General of the State of New York.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 2

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

Dividing his time between San Francisco and Sacramento, Kurt Kappes co-leads Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s sizeable practice alongside Denver-based Naomi Beer and James Boudreau, who works from the Philadelphia office. The team is well-equipped to represent its diverse portfolio of clients on the full gamut of trade secret-related complex litigious matters. It has particularly standout skills handling cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in employment-related matters wherein a breach of contract, non-solicitation or non-compete has allegedly been breached or misappropriated, a key example being its representation of Symphony Risk Solutions in a high-value case which involved complex restrictive covenant agreements. Shareholder and trade secret litigation specialist Gregory Bombard joined the Boston office from Duane Morris LLP in July 2022. Katie Molloy is a name to note in the team, with a focus on trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Kappes; Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Other key lawyers:

David Bloch; Gregory Bombard; Galit Kierkut; Katie Molloy

Key clients


NewAge, Inc.


Kretek International, Dryft Sciences, The Art Factory, and TillCe

Symphony Risk Solutions

FACC Operations GmbH

America II Electronics LLC

TriNet USA

Fanli Inc.

West Coast Medical Resources

D&H Distributing

Work highlights

  • Represented Fanli Inc. in a breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property cases.
  • Represented Symphony Risk Solutions in several restrictive covenant matters, both to enforce and to defend against claims that employees breached their restrictive covenants, including non-solicitation agreements and non-compete agreements.
  • Represented five D & H Distributing executives in Pinellas County, Florida calling for injunctive relief to enforce restrictive covenants,  misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual business relationships and further such claims.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s workplace and compliance counseling team handles harassment and discrimination matters including investigations, claims stemming from issues such as MeToo, BLM, and LGBT+ federal workplace protections. James Boudreau represents management in class action and complex employment litigation out of Philadelphia. He co-heads the practice with Denver-based Naomi Beer, who is an experienced litigator and focuses on risk mitigation.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer

Other key lawyers:

Galit Kierkut


‘What makes this firm special is the depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise of its attorneys.’

‘We use Greenberg as our main outside counsel in various practice areas and have found all of their attorneys to be commercially focused. We do not receive long memos reciting the law from Greenberg. We can count on practical and ready-to-use advice after every call.’

‘Galit Kierkut is an amazing business partner. She is a no-drama realist whom we rely on for straight answers and accurate legal assessments of risks. She is an experienced professional every time we work with her.’

Key clients

Four Seasons Hotels




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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is involved in the entire life-cycle of REITs transactions, handling work spanning IPOs, private and follow-on offerings, SEC reporting, M&A issues, corporate governance and dispositions. The team also has a robust track record for representing private, traded and non-traded REITs, alongside underwriters, and has experience working with the federal regulators.. New York-based attorneys Joseph Herz and Robert Ivanhoe co-head the global practice, focusing on capital markets and M&A, and real estate structures respectively Boston’s Jennifer Weiss is a key name when it comes to associated tax issues. New York-based Timothy Donovan and Corey Light in Chicago are also key names in the team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ivanhoe; Joseph Herz

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Greenberg Traurig LLP is known for its capabilities in white-collar defense and corporate investigation matters pertaining to the financial and health care sectors, though the firm is also well versed in cryptocurrencies. Sanctions and money laundering, and FCPA constitute further strengths. Washington DC-based Nathan Muyskens and Adam Hoffinger, who is hailed as ‘simply fearless’, jointly lead the team. Former federal prosecutor Kyle Freeny, also in DC, specializes in cross-border financial criminal matters as well as cases involving cryptocurrencies. As part of the firm’s 2022 move to open two new offices in Long Island, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Mark Lesko joined the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muyskens; Adam Hoffinger

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jared Dwyer; Gregory Kehoe; Benjamin Greenberg; William Michael; Mark Lesko


‘Adam Hoffinger has a unique capability with regard to white collar defense – he is simply fearless and conveys that sense to his clients.’

‘Significant interaction and participation by the partners, not just the associates, in understanding the granular details and nuances of the case.’

‘The individuals who represented me were not only effective lawyers, but they demonstrated a down to earth, relatable style that engendered confidence that they truly understood what I was communicating to them and would convert it into an effective defense.’

Key clients

1st Global Capital LLC

Dale Swanberg

Empire Fire & Marine Insurance

Trividia Health, Inc.



1st Global Capital LLC

Empire Fire & Marine Insurance

Trividia Health, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Represented and achieved dismissal of the sole remaining charge against an individual who the U.S. federal government alleged had conspired to funnel bribes from the non-profit National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians to high-level Haitian government officials.
  • Representing OpenSea’s former Head of Product, against wire fraud and money laundering charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented the former President and Chief Financial Officer of Brixmor Property Group, and negotiated with the SEC to dismiss all of its claims against the client.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP specializes in an extensive range of commercial disputes and caters to clients from diverse industries. In Los Angeles, Robert J Herrington has a strong grasp of class action matters, many of which have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard Edlin, based in New York, has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts. Associate Michael McCarthy, based in Los Angeles, has a focus on financial institutions, construction, real estate, privacy, and appellate litigation. Lori Cohen, based in Atlanta, and Jeff Scott, based in Los Angeles, are the leaders of the practice group. Mary-Olga Lovett left for King & Spalding LLP in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Lori Cohen; Jeff Scott

Other key lawyers:

Robert J Herrington; Richard Edlin; Michael McCarthy; Michael Kreitzer


Michael Kreitzer and his team in GT’s Miami office are excellent litigators. I use them frequently for large complex matters – both court style litigation and arbitration.

Key clients

8701 Collins Development, LLC

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

C. R. Bard, Inc.

Davol, Inc.

Eller Maritime Company and Eller & Company, Inc.

Eon Labs, Inc.

ePayment Systems Ltd.

Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. and related entities

Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds

Related Group

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Sandoz Inc.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

At Greenberg Traurig LLP provides ‘quality representation and a high degree of knowledge’ and clients report that the firm stands out for its ‘focus on communication and collaboration with clients, streamlined staffing and cost-effectiveness’. The firm has handled hundreds of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, bringing to bear its extensive trial experience as well as significant skill in defeating class certification. 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 are co-chairs of the securities litigation practice. Gerber handled the defense of Morgan Stanley in counterclaims for bad faith, constructive discharge, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violation of FINRA Rules, achieving full dismissal with prejudice. Tyukody is representing speedster Apolo Ohno in connection with a federal securities fraud case concerning a new cryptocurrency token. Karl Dial in Dallas provides ‘high-value personalized service and is incredibly prompt to respond to any inquiry’.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:


‘Karl Dial is a great resource in Texas.’

‘Karl Dial has ably represented us in a mix of civil and regulatory matters. He has a good touch with regulators, who find him very credible.’

‘Focus on communication and collaboration with client, streamlined staffing, appropriate use of partner/associate time, consistency in staffing, cost effective and bills timely and appropriately organized, so we know what we are paying for.’

‘Quality representation and a high degree of knowledge specific to the area of need.’

‘Karl Dial provides high-value personalized service and is incredibly prompt to respond to any inquiry or need.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Apolo Ohno

Directors and Officers of Anworth Financial Corp.

Paysign, Inc.

Wafra, Inc./Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS)

Former Outside Directors of Exactech Inc.


Walton International Group, Inc.

Jack B. Blount, former CEO of Intrusion, Inc.

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc., Frost Bank, and Frost Investment Advisors

Thomas J. Felton

Work highlights

  • Securing a complete victory for Morgan Stanley in a FINRA employment arbitration case, in which a former financial advisor of the client claimed that the Managing Director defrauded him and breached his fiduciary duty under an alleged partnership.
  • Represented America’s most highly decorated Winter Olympian and Gold Medal speedskater, in connection with a federal securities fraud case filed against him by investors involving a new cryptocurrency token.
  • Representing Kuwait’s social security fund (PIFSS) and its investor advisor (Wafra) in connection with its investment in Madoff-affiliated funds and the bankruptcy trustee’s attempt to claw-back $30 million in redemptions PIFSS received prior to the Madoff bankruptcy.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s energy attorneys advise a wide range of clients from power producers, distributed energy resources, marketers, investor-owned utilities to private equity investors and funds, on regulatory matters before the FERC, DOE, ISO/RTO, NERC, CFTC, DOJ and various utility commissions. The firm is regularly involved in renewables projects such as in regulatory matters involving land-based wind, solar and storage resources in New York. Gregory Lawrence (based in Boston and Washington, DC) has been lead counsel in ground-breaking FERC electricity manipulation and rule enforcement matters, alongside state utility commission regulatory issues. Doreen Saia (based in Albany) has over thirty years of experience advising clients within the electricity sector and representing them before FERC and the NYPSC. Jon DeTore (based in Boston) has a notable practice representing independent power producers alongside renewable energy resources, with clients including the New England’s CLean Energy Coalition and Deepwater Wind.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Iskender Catto

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Lawrence; Doreen Saia; John DeTore; Kelly McNamee; David Fixler


‘Greenberg Traurig was able to handle all of our transactional needs from federal and state regulatory, real estate, finance and transactional documentation. They did it seamlessly with the lead partner managing the touchpoints within the firm efficiently.’

Key clients

Constellation Energy Corporation

FirstEnergy Service Company

Shell Energy North America (US)

Northeast Clean Energy Council

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ArcLight Capital Partners

NextSun Energy


Helix Ravenswood and Eastern Generation

Entergy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representation of Entergy Corporation on NYPSC regulatory proceeding to obtain NYPSC authorization for the transfer of the Indian Point Energy Center for prompt decommissioning, the first sale of a retired nuclear facility in New York State in which a unanimous Settlement Agreement was reached. This matter sets national precedent regarding such facilities and the rules that will apply for prompt decommissioning plans.
  • Representation of Northeast Clean Energy Coalition and a coalition of 8 Solar developers in three Mass DPU proceedings that are considering how to build out the utility distribution system to accommodate hundreds of new megawatts of planned solar PV. GT is the only firm representing solar developers in these cases.
  • Ongoing representation of Shell Energy North America (US) in State proceedings, FERC proceedings and before the NYISO. This is a leading program in the United States.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has demonstrable experience representing natural gas pipeline companies and storage corporations before the FERC, with demonstrable experience advising on issues arising out of rate making, restructuring, market power and enforcement proceedings. In the firm’s Washington DC office, Kenneth Minesinger acts on energy regulatory and projects matters for key clients, including Petro Star, while Howard Nelson routinely handles major multiparty litigation and Rabeha Kamaluddin acts for major public utilities companies, energy developers and oil shippers before the FERC. Based in Orange County, Thomas Brill is another key contact in the group, assisting clients in navigating compliance requirements in voluntary and mandatory carbon markets. Minesinger leads the team alongside William Garner and Iskender Catto, who operate from Washington DC and Houston respectively.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Iskender Catto

Key clients

Petro Star Inc.

NGL Energy Partners LP

The State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Pilot Travel Centers LLC


Sheetz, Inc.

Apex Oil Company, Inc.

FutureFuels Chemical Co.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Crestwood Midstream Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing NGL Energy Partners LP, Gunvor, Pilot, Sheez, Inc., Apex Oil Company, FutureFuels Chemical Co in connection with filing complaints at FERC against Colonial Pipeline.
  • Representing the State of Alaska and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) in connection with a broad range of regulatory, litigation, corporate and other issues relating to the State’s and AGDC’s efforts to induce the construction of a major LNG export project, the Alaska LNG Project.
  • Representing Petro Star in litigation at FERC in Docket No. OR14-6 regarding the Trans Alaska Pipeline and the implementation of the TAPS Quality Bank.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Praised by clients as a ‘top tier group across all of the practice areas required for a successful renewable project’, transactional work in the wind and solar sectors is at the core of Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s renewable energy offering, which brings together a diverse array of lawyers to advise on the full life-cycle of projects, from construction to financing and M&A. Energy project finance team co-leads Jeffrey A. Chester in Los Angeles and John Eliason in Washington DC are experienced in the full range of project financing work, with Eliason being particular strong in matters relating to tax equity. Notable support also comes from April Kim in Los Angeles, who has a broad transactional practice in the sector. Also noted are energy and natural resources group co-chairs William Garner, Kenneth Minesinger, and Iskender Catto, based in Houston, Washington DC, and New York, respectively, as well as Alejandra Garcia Earley in Chicago, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2022.  

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey A. Chester; John Eliason; William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Iskender Catto

Other key lawyers:


‘Greenberg has a top tier group across all of the practice areas required for a successful renewable project. Whenever a novel problem arises, they are always the first firm I call. They also always provide commercial solutions and approaches to every problem.’


Key clients

8minute Solar Energy

BayWa r.e.


Inversiones Latin America Power Ltda.


Samsung Renewables

Apex Clean Energy, LLC

Idemitsu Renewables

Time Equities, Inc.

US Bank

Bridgelink Investments

Roscommon Analytics


Work highlights

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP fields a large environmental practice spread out across the US and led by Tampa’s David Weinstein, Denver’s Christopher Neumann, Miami’s Kerri Barsh and Steven Russo in New York. The firm handles litigation, regulatory and transactional environmental matters and on the contentious side, is strong in government enforcement actions and cases pertaining to air, water, emissions, wildlife habitats and wetlands. Weinstein is a veteran trial lawyer with a focus on toxic tort cases; Neumann is a key name for enforcement and investigations; Barsh handles regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters; and Russo is recommended for NEPA and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) issues, and environmental crimes. Philadelphia’s David Mandelbaum is experienced in water rights, waste management, and Superfund issues.

Other key lawyers:

David Mandelbaum; Christopher Bell; Paul Seby; Francis Citera

Key clients

State of North Dakota

Union Pacific Railroad

Orlando Utilities Commission

El Paso Natural Gas Company, LLC

Ikonix USA LLC

Apex Oil Company, Inc.

Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc.

KES Systems, Inc.

American Pacific Corporation

Nevada Gold Mines LLC

FMC Corporation

Union Pacific Railroad

MTA Metro-North Railroad

Shopoff Realty Investments

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented North Dakota in North Dakota v. EPA before the US Supreme Court.
  • Representing El Paso Natural Gas Company in connection with the Rico-Argentine Mine Superfund Site in southwestern Colorado.
  • Representing Apex Oil Company in RCRA and CERCLA matter arising from a rupture of underground pipelines from a refinery that resulted in the release of approximately 294,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

The environmental practice group at Greenberg Traurig LLP has a broad geographic spread and is led by Miami’s Kerri Barsh, Tampa’s David Weinstein, Denver’s Christopher Neumann and Steven Russo in New York. It acts for a domestic and international client base on financial, transactional and regulatory matters, as well as litigation, and is well versed in energy, food, water and climate issues. Barsh is recommended for regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters, while Weinstein handles toxic tort and product liability issues. Russo is a name for NEPA matters and brownfield redevelopments, and Neumann handles civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters. Timothy Swickard left in October 2022.

Other key lawyers:

David Mandelbaum; Christopher Bell


‘Very familiar with the specific subject matter.’

‘Accessible and capable of concise explanations of the options and potential outcomes.’

‘The specific individuals we were worked with were very familiar with the process and details associated with our situation.’

‘They were responsive to questions and assisted in getting a resolution quickly.’

Key clients

Embee Processing LLC; All Metals Processing of Orange County, LLC and E/M Coating Services; Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Tucson Electric Power Company

Arcadian Fiberoptic Project

Barrick Gold of North America

Checkers and Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants and Related Development, LLC

Teleflex Incorporated

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative

Genessee & Wyoming

Minera Andina del Sol S.R.L.


Work highlights

  • Advised Arcadian Fiberoptic Project on the first-ever direct fiberoptic trunk line from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, and from Phoenix to Denver.
  • Advised Minera Andina del Sol S.R.L.regarding US and international laws and treaties governing shipment of waste elemental mercury from Argentina.
  • Advised Quidnet Energy on technology to accelerate the energy transition.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s regulatory practice places a strong focus on consumer finance products and services, with mortgage, credit card, marketplace lending, digital banking, cryptocurrency and payment systems matters taking up a large proportion of the group’s time. Richard Cutshall leads the practice from Denver, accompanied by New York-based William Mack. The practice’s reach also extends to Washington DC, where Benjamin Saul stands out for his knowledge of the fintech credit and payments space, and Andrew Wein, who works out of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, is recognized as a mortgage specialist.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cutshall; William Mack

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Saul; Andrew Wein; Marina Olman-Pal


‘I have had the pleasure of working with Marina Olman-Pal. She is very responsive and provides practical advice. She quickly understands complex set ups and is able to provide not only legal, but strategic guidance as well.’

Key clients

Paysafe Group

Five Flags Banks


Concord Acquisition Corp

Leap Finance

Lendable Operations


Quo Finance




Work highlights

  • Represented Paysafe in connection with its acquisition of SafetyPay, a payments platform.
  • Represented GoDaddy in connection with the acquisition and integration of Poynt Financial, an all-in-one payment platform.
  • Represented Five Flags Banks in the merger of two of its subsidiary banks, The Warrington Bank and Bank of the South.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP utilizes the strength of a global network which spans the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA regions, to counsel household name clients such as Jennifer Lopez, Victoria’s Secret, and USPS, on the maintenance of their global trademark portfolios. The team is headed in Los Angeles and Orange County by global brand expert Susan Heller, who advises celebrities and pre-IPO companies; Joel Feldman in Atlanta, who assists clients involved in the settling of controversies between clients and third parties; Candace Kim in Los Angeles, who brings strength to TTAB opposition and cancellation proceedings, and Mark Galis in Chicago, who manages the portfolios of mid-market clients and start-ups. The group is supported by Stephen Baird in Minneapolis, a specialist in the protection of nontraditional trademarks, including single color marks, Jeffrey Dunning in Chicago, who advises on matters in the retail, industrial and food and beverage sectors, and Sabina Vayner in Atlanta, who employs secondment experience in the telecoms space. In Salt Lake City, Tiffany Shimada joined from Dorsey & Whitney LLP in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Susan Heller; Joel Feldman; Candice Kim; Mark Galis


The Greenberg team has a wholistic approach to TM portfolio management and assists us in making filing and maintaining our registered marks in strategic locations around the world.

Key clients

United Parcel Service, Inc.; United Parcel Service of America (UPS

Anastasia Beverly Hills, LLC

Barry’s Bootcamp

Victoria’s Secret

ESPN, Inc.

Dreamworks Animation L.L.C.

Magnolia Business Ventures, LLC

Consitex (Ermendegildo Zegna)

Jennifer Lopez

Waste Management Inc.

Manscaped, LLC

Western Digital/ San Disk


Tishman Speyer

E.A. Sween Company

Great Clips, Inc.

Embecta Corp.

Roadget (Shein)

Punchbowl News

Work highlights

  • Representing UPS in connection with the management of its worldwide trademark portfolio, managing clearance, prosecution, maintenance, opposition and enforcement activities.
  • Representing Barry’s in managing the clearance and prosecution of new applications.
  • Advising ESPN, Inc. on the global rebranding of The Undefeated to Andscape, including clearance of the brand and trademark application strategy.

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

The labor and employment practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP, lauded by clients as ‘first class‘ and ‘creative‘, is co-led by employer-sponsored arbitration program specialist James Boudreau in Philadelphia and experienced litigator Naomi Beer in Denver. The firm has extensive experience acting on wage and hour lawsuits, discrimination matters, wrongful termination, whistleblower, and litigation prevention issues, as well as expertise acting for clients throughout the country. In San Francisco, Charles Thompson is a key contact for collective action litigation. Jonathan Sulds in New York is experienced in wage and hour matters, while Wendy Johnson Lario in New Jersey specializes in representing employers in discrimination and wrongful termination litigation.  

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Thompson; Jonathan Sulds; Wendy Johnson Lario; Ellen Bronchetti; Justin Keith; Katie Molloy


‘The San Francisco practice led by Chuck Thompson is one of the finest and most responsive groups I have worked with. They are innovative, creative and knowledgeable about dealing with labor issues. Chuck and his colleagues are streamlined and efficient.’

‘Chuck Thompson is experienced, seasoned, and very realistic. In our business you need to get labor issues resolved immediately. I always feel like Chuck and his entire team have our backs!’

‘Pragmatic, swift and clear in advice and actions to achieve the best results for the client.’

‘Justin Keith and Katie Molloy have excellent knowledge, the ability to support in multiple states/time zones, amenable character and clarity on billing.’

‘You get first class, highly responsive labor law advice. If you are in any sort of jam or need an ultra-quick answer or review, this is your firm.’

‘Justin Keith is unparalleled in responding to urgent labor-law matters and guiding companies on difficult labor-law issues, ranging from lockouts to NLRB investigations. He is extremely efficient and quick, without any compromise on quality.’

‘I have only ever worked with Ellen Bronchetti but she is a brilliant, seasoned, practical, savvy labor lawyer whom I would hire again in a heartbeat if I needed help. She is an excellent partner to have in the thick of any labor dispute.’

Key clients



National Freight Industries

Hornblower Group


Chico’s FAS

City of Atlanta


Envoy Air

U.S. Foods

Ocean Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented Hornblower Group’s subsidiary Hornblower Yachts, in securing an appellate victory.
  • Represented Medtronic in two Fair Credit Reporting Act class actions – the first case was dismissed first case for lack of standing and the second case settled at court-ordered mediation after plaintiff dropped class allegations.
  • Represented the City of Atlanta in securing the dismissal with prejudice of a former City of Atlanta executive’s claims that she was paid less than her Black colleagues due to her race.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP. has a strong focus on maintaining positive relations between both unionized and non-unionized employers and employees, whilst avoiding costly litigation and prioritizing alternative dispute resolution. Headed by experienced Philadelphia-based practitioner James Boudreau  and Denver-based Naomi Beer , the team has experience through counseling, labor negotiations, mediation proceedings, and litigation at various level of the court system. C0-chair and New York-based attorney Jerrold Goldberg  represents management clients primarily in the real estate and hospitality industries. Boston’s Justin Keith  is well-versed on matters spanning all aspects of traditional labor law. Charles Birenbaum  focuses on traditional labor law matters and leads the firm in defending actor Sean Penn, and his non-profit organization CORE, against an unfair labor practice charge by the NLRB. The team was fortified by the arrival of partners Ellen Bronchetti and Ron Holland to the San Francisco office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. They are resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer; Justin Keith; Jerrold Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Charles Birenbaum

Key clients

Food Parade

Maximum Real Estate Partners

Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE)

Work highlights

  • Advising on all labor and employment issues in connection with the purchase by client affiliates of both the Roger Hotel in New York City and the Loew’s Back Bay Hotel in Boston.
  • Advising Food Parade, a chain of grocery stores in the metropolitan New York area, in connection with its pension fund obligations and related collective bargaining matters.
  • Advising Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) in a case brought by the General Counsel of the NLRB seeking to develop new jurisprudence to protect non-union employee rights to complain anonymously about their workplace on social media.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 3

The long-established practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP operates across active real estate markets with presence in Miami, New York and Orlando, and advises landowners, developers, entrepreneurs and joint venture partners at every stage of the land development process. Key aspects of the group’s practice include due diligence for acquisition and finance matters, alongside acquiring development rights and obtaining zoning and other miscellaneous land use entitlements. Miami-based attorney Iris Escarra  jointly leads the department in conjunction with New York’s Jay Segal, with New York-based Deirdre Carson and Nick Hockens  also key contacts within the group.

Practice head(s):

Iris Escarra; Jay Segal

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Carson; Nick Hockens

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP brings to bear a robust record in appellate work, which has seen members of its team argue before the US Supreme Court as well as all 13 federal circuit courts. Drawing on platforms across the country, with particularly well-staffed groups in Miami, Austin and New York, the practice handles appeals concerning class actions, energy, election law, labor, IP and administrative law, among others. Among its recent wins, Austin-based Dale Wainwright successfully represented CR Bard before the Fifth Circuit in a failure-to-warn case involving medical devices. Wainwright co-chairs the practice alongside Miami-based Elliot Scherker and New York-based Carmen Beauchamp CiparickDominic Draye, who splits his time between Washington DC and Phoenix, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Scherker; Dale Wainwright; Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Draye; William Eye; Justin Bernstein; Skip Watson

Key clients

C. R. Bard, Inc.

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Telemundo Television Studios LLC

Hornblower Yachts LLC

Related Group

Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Centurion of Florida LLC

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Electric Boat Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented CR Bard Inc before the Fifth Circuit in a failure-to-warn case involving medical devices.
  • Successfully represented Activision Blizzard in obtaining a reversal on appeal, which held that a putative class action case brought against it must be resolved in a non-class arbitration.
  • Successfully defended Telemundo Television Studios before the Eleventh Circuit in a copyright infringement case.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

Lori CohenGreenberg Traurig, LLP. Co-chair of the firm’s global litigation practice and trial practice group, Atlanta-based Lori Cohen is especially renowned for her expertise regarding product liability, mass tort and class actions, having won close to 60 defense verdicts at trial for global pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Her expertise will be required moving into 2023, as Cohen will represent Teva Pharmaceuticals in several multidistrict, mass tort, and other litigations arising from the Class I drug recall for the medication Valsartan.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 4

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP is particularly strong in the real estate sector, where it assists clients with the environmental risks of the acquisition, development, financing and sale of real estate assets. In Miami, Kerri Barsh advises clients on due diligence, environmental assessments and liability matters pertaining to transactions, while in New York Steven Russo deals with the environmental aspects of land use and real estate law. Barsh and Russo head the team longside Christopher Neumann in Denver and David Weinstein in Tampa.

Key clients

Carson Reclamation Authority

City of Santa Clara

Norfolk Southern Railroad

Summit Carbon Solutions

Miami Dade Limestone

Beckham Soccer Group

CEMEX Construction Materials Florida LLC

Brookfield Property Development

Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Representing City of Santa Clara on issues related to environmental risk management at a 240-acre and 9.2 million sf complex, mixed-use landfill redevelopment project known as “City Place” by a third-party developer, Related Santa Clara, LLC.
  • Representing Blackstone Group for environmental and utility and energy diligence relating to the sale of the Aria Hotel at City Center in Las Vegas. Due to its size, this complex has its own power plant and water system, and the due diligence process required determination of how to allocate these assets and responsibilities among the various parties to the $3.9bn transaction.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

Finance > Fintech Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a wide-ranging fintech and digital assets group with expertise across a broad mix of products including cryptocurrencies, blockchain, third-party payment systems, mobile payments and online lending. The team’s legal strengths are equally diverse, including advice on corporate finance, shared service agreements, regulatory, litigation, cybersecurity and IP. Corporate and regulatory partner Barbara Jones  (Los Angeles) jointly leads the US team with corporate partner David Greenberg in New York. In Washington DC, Benjamin Saul has developed a good reputation for financial regulatory and compliance work, while the ‘exceptionalWill Turner in New York is especially active in blockchain transactions and token offerings.

Practice head(s):

David Greenberg; Barbara Jones

Other key lawyers:


‘Our point person is Will Turner, but he has access to a deep bench of experts who help him respond to questions in numerous different areas.’

‘Will Turner is exceptional. He has a breadth and depth of knowledge that is unparalleled. We rely on him to help with us all manner of diverse and often strange problems and he is always helpful.’

Key clients

Leap Finance

Lendable Operations Ltd./Zendable, Inc.

Bitfinex Derivatives

PaySafe Group

Veritable Data Solutions, Inc.

Capital Com LTD and Currency Com LTD

Tassat Group Inc.

Capital One

Broadridge Financial Services

Spring Labs, Inc.

Gutter Labs

SYNQA Pte. Ltd.

SuperTree Co., Ltd./PlayDapp

Work highlights

  • Advised LeapFinance, a fintech education lender focused on facilitating loans to Indian, South Asian and MENA nationals studying in the US, in standing up its US operations.
  • Representing Paysafe Group in its acquisition of SafetyPay, a payments platform operating primarily in Latin America and focusing on eCommerce transactions via open banking and eCash.
  • Primary provider of intellectual property services for Broadridge Financial Services, a provider of trade-processing technology.

Finance > Project finance Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP  advises utilities and energy companies on the acquisition and sale of and investment in energy projects, in particular wind and solar. Experienced transactional lawyer Jeffrey A. Chester  in Los Angeles and tax equity practitioner John Eliason in Washington DC co-lead the energy project finance team, while William Garner  in Houston, Kenneth Minesinger in Washington DC, and Iskender Catto in New York jointly helm the energy and natural resources group. The team was bolstered in April 2022 with the hires of energy transition specialists Audrey Louison, who is based in the firm’s Washington office, and Eric Macaux, situated in Boston, from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C..

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Chester; John Eliason; William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Iskender Catto

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Louison; Eric Macaux; Alejandra Garcia Earley


‘Greenberg has a top tier group across all of the practice areas required for a successful renewable project. Whenever a novel problem arises they are always the first firm I call.’

‘ The GT team brings high value expertise across all aspects of project finance. Leaders in large scale energy procurement, project finance, tax equity and development capital facilities are standouts.’

‘Jeff Chester has been the most efficient and experienced attorney I’ve worked with on commercial transactions (across renewables and O&G). ‘

‘Alejandra Garcia Earley has been tremendous with her work on construction term loans, and helping to guide the company for success with follow up transactions.’

Key clients


Pelion Green Future

Apex Clean Energy, LLC

Oak Creek Energy Systems

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 4

Led by the ‘simply terrificDavid Dykeman in Boston and Wayne Elowe in Atlanta, the ‘enormously supportive, collaborative, strategic, and insightful‘ team at Greenberg Traurig LLP handles a diverse range of mandates concerning immunology, drug delivery, and clinical trials. The practice serves a diverse range of clients, including Embecta Corp., GrandPharma China, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Dykeman routinely research institutions on the IP aspects of life science M&A, venture capital investments, and licensing matters, while Elowe maintains a corporate focused practice, primarily acting for clients in commercial transactions. Atlanta’s Lori G. Cohen is an experienced litigator who handles product liability and mass tort disputes. In the Boston office, the ‘exceptionalRoman Fayerberg assists clients with the management and development of global patent portfolios, issues surrounding freedom to operate, and patent validity matters; and Melissa Hunter-Ensor represents biotech, diagnostics, and medical device companies in strategic alliances and patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Dykeman; Wayne Elowe

Other key lawyers:


‘Greenberg Traurig is enormously supportive, collaborative, strategic, and insightful. One specific attribute that is extremely valuable is their understanding of the capabilities, and financial resources of their clients.’

‘They offer exceptional customer service, and perform insightful landscape assessments and counselling on global patent prosecution.’

‘David Dykeman and Roman Fayerberg are simply terrific. They are exceptional at their trade and understand the pressures placed on small companies. They both are exceptionally responsive, understanding and insightful. Their supporting team deserves tremendous accolades as well. I wholeheartedly recommend these two attorneys to anyone seeking partners and collaborators for the strategic guidance and prosecution of their IP.’

Key clients

Embecta Corp.

Huadong Medicine Co., Ltd.

GrandPharma China

OTR Acquisition Corp.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Elios Vision

Provention Bio, Inc.

Aspira Women’s Health (formerly Vermillion)

PAVMed, Inc.

Lucid Diagnostics

Exactech, Inc.

RedHill Biopharma

Work highlights

  • Advising Embecta on the development and management of Embecta’s worldwide IP portfolio, including over 2000 patents and trademarks.
  • Represented Huadong Medicine Co., Ltd. in two licensing deals. Huadong Medicine is a large pharmaceutical company in China with a focus on oncology and Antibody-drug Conjugates research, development, and commercialization.
  • Advised Redhill Biopharma on obtaining key patents for pipeline products. The firm also represents Redhill in connection with the management of its worldwide trademark portfolio and handling trademark disputes.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP houses a team of ‘extremely competent‘ practitioners who exhibit a ‘wide breadth of knowledge‘ in regulatory matters, acquisitions, and corporate issues. Nancy Taylor and David Peck co-head the practice from Washington DC and Florida, respectively. Taylor is ‘very helpful‘ when advising hospitals and private equity firms on transactional and reimbursement related matters, while Peck assists healthcare technology and services companies with corporate formation and IPOs. Also based in Washington, Andrew Tsui has expansive expertise in acting for providers in matters concerning Medicare litigation and bad debt reimbursement, as well as home health and hospice payments and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tsui; Chia-Feng-Lu; Robert Charrow; Lawson Parker


‘Chia-Feng Lu has deep knowledge in the development and registration of pharmaceutical products, as well as a vast amount of real case experience in matters related to their in-/out-licensing and acquisition. Mr. Lu’s team worked consistently and seamlessly.’

‘Mr. Lu stands out among many for his proactiveness, empathy, and flexibility.’

‘Lawson Parker is awesome.’

‘The firm has a wealth of experienced attorneys that are extremely competent. There was a comprehensive due diligence call and appropriate follow through. I never felt as I was being billed to increase revenue, rather for the service they were providing.’

‘The healthcare team at GT really are experts. They understand the industry, what drives value, what areas are ripe for negotiation, what industry best practices are, they are real healthcare experts.’

‘Very strong and deep health care team and wide breadth of knowledge on health care legal and policy issues.’

‘Nancy Taylor for years is very helpful on key issues facing hospitals. She has a great team around her. Robert Charrow is also very helpful.’

‘Chia-Feng Lu is excellent. He has a great network not only in US but also in Japan. His support is always proactive, not reactive. He always gives us precious insight into strategy, based on his irreplaceable knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center

Alpaca Group Holdings, LLC

Thompson Street Capital Partners

McKesson Corporation

Boca Home Care

Envision Healthcare

New Mountain Capital

Patient Square Capital

Blue Wolf Capital

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP combines the bench strength of its global network with the experience of its team, to advise on trademark, trade dress and false advertising litigation matters. Susan L. Heller, of Orange County and Los Angeles, brings strength to acting for high-profile celebrities and corporates, while Joel Feldman in Atlanta brings expertise to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; the duo co-lead the team alongside LA-based brand expansion and protection specialist, Candice Kim, and Mark Galis in Chicago, who acts for large, middle market and start-up entities. In LA and Silicon Valley, Ian C. Ballon manages Internet-related class action suits.

Practice head(s):

Susan Heller; Joel Feldman; Candice Kim; Mark Galis

Other key lawyers:

Ian Ballon

Key clients

American Airlines, Inc.

Groupon, Inc.

Schlumberger Corp.

Keds LLC

Jack Ryan Enterprises Limited and Jack Ryan Limited Partnership

Telemundo Television Studios LLC

Apollo Healthcare Corp. and Costco Wholesale Corp.

For Life Products, LLC

Work highlights

  • Secured an antitrust and trademark litigation win for client Groupon, Inc., including an award of attorney’s fees against the plaintiff, Las Vegas Skydiving Adventures (LVSA).

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP handles design aspects in relation to an array of plans, such as retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and executive employment agreements, for an impressive client roster that includes large multinational corporations. Its work includes the design of employer group health plans as a result of health care reform, ERISA compliance, redesign of retirement plans and the negotiation of benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions. Co-head Magan Ray, based in Silicon Valley, handles a wide variety of plans, such as health and welfare benefit plans, for major companies. Alongside her, Miami’s Mindy Leathe has particular experience of advising in M&A in relation to executive compensation and employee benefits aspects. Ian A. Herbert, who is based in the firm’s Northern Virginia and Washington DC offices, bolsters the team with his deep expertise in the space, while Silicon Valley-based associate Stephanie Ahmad primarily concentrates on employee benefits and ERISA matters.

Practice head(s):

Magan Ray; Mindy Leathe

Other key lawyers:

Ian Herbert; Stephanie Ahmad; Rich Sirus


‘They are professional, extremely capable and very knowledgable.’

The team at GT is very responsive, provide great legal and business insights and are well co-ordinated.’

I work most closely with partner Rich Sirus. He has outstand personal relationship skills and I use him as a business advisor as well as consulting him for legal matters. He responds to my calls very quickly and always brings value to our discussions.

Key clients


Google, Inc.

Snap, Inc.




Ross Stores, Inc.


Granite Construction

Northwell Health, Inc.

IBEW Local No. 117 Fringe Benefit Funds

NFP Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon on the full array of benefit plans as well as handling ERISA claims and litigation.
  • Advising Snap on all facets of its retirement plan, health & welfare, and fringe benefits.
  • Advising Google on the design and implementation of various plans, addressed numerous plan operational issues, developing a compensation program, and strategic advice regarding wellness programs.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

The ‘exceptional‘ team at Greenberg Traurig LLP advises on a spectrum of ERISA matters including fee disclosure, employer stock drop litigation, breach of fiduciary duties and Department of Labor investigations. Clients of the practice include ERISA trustees, employee plan sponsors, administrators and service providers. Co-heading the team are Philadelphia’s James Boudreau, Denver’s Naomi Beer, and in New York, Jonathan Sulds. Sulds specializes in collective bargaining and ERISA litigation, including stock drop cases. In Silicon Valley, Megan Ray and associate Stephanie Ahmad focus on the design and implementation of benefit plans and counsels on healthcare reform compliance and regularly litigating ERISA cases. Jeff Mamorsky left to Cohen & Buckmann P.C. in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer; Jonathan Sulds

Other key lawyers:

Megan Ray; Stephanie Ahmad; Michael Slocum


‘The team at Greenberg Traurig is exceptional. We have worked on multiple complex litigation matters together over the past few years. From the billing and administrative staff through senior partners, each person at GT is responsive, respectful, knowledgeable, and patient.’

‘Michael Slocum is one of the best attorneys I have worked with over my 20 year career- intelligent, rational, diligent, and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Food Parade

FuturePlan Administrative Services

Provident Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Provident Trust in an ongoing matter in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas wherein plaintiffs claim Provident aided and abetted the alleged breach of fiduciary duties by their financial advisor in connection with the investment of their retirement assets.
  • Representing FuturePlan Administrative Services in an ongoing matter in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California wherein Plaintiff claims FuturePlan breached alleged fiduciary duties under ERISA in connection with the rollover of her late husband’s 401(k) account assets.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

The varied entertainment practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP handles work encompassing tortious lawsuits, copyright infringement actions and defamation cases for the likes of Charlamagne Tha God, Activision Blizzard and The Palm Beach Post. In Los Angeles, practice co-head Vincent Chieffo‘s courtroom experience includes copyright infringement and right of publicity cases; he recently represented Katy Perry in a copyright infringement suit related to an eight note musical figure in the singer’s hit ‘Dark Horse’. Co-head Michael Grygiel operates from the firm’s Albany office; he is a First Amendment specialist who regularly protects news and media organizations from publication related claims. Also in Los Angeles, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart is a heavy-hitting trial lawyer who recently obtained a court-ordered suspension of Britney Spears’s conservatorship in a highly publicized case. His Los Angeles colleague Jeff Scott is a highly regarded commercial lawyer who recently defended Activision Blizzard in a class action lawsuit.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Chieffo; Michael Grygiel

Other key lawyers:

Mathew Rosengart; Gregory Herbert; Jeff Scott; Nina Boyajian; Robert Harding


‘Mike Grygiel and his team of First Amendment/litigation experts are uniquely able to pair creative legal argument with practical strategies to accomplish client goals.’

‘Mike Grygiel and his team have cutting edge expertise, a unique ability to develop creative legal argument and combine it with practical strategies to accomplish client goals, and a commitment to frequent and open communication with the client. Outcomes have always been 100% successful.’

‘The members of the team with whom I interact are very knowledgeable about current and evolving areas of communications laws, particularly as they involve the internet. Mike Grygiel is a foremost expert on Sec. 230 issues and the ever-changing area of libel and defamation law.’

‘Mike Grygiel has perhaps the country’s most well-rounded and extensive knowledge of information law – from Sec. 230 to libel and defamation to freedom of information laws.’

‘Robert Harding has an extensive knowledge of the players and motivations in NYS and NYC government, and the ways in which they would view legislation relating to media industries.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Britney Spears

Gannett Co., Inc.

iHeart Media, Lenard McKelvey a/k/a Charlamagne Tha God

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (PKA Katy Perry)

Kathy Griffin

Matthias Paul (PKA Paul van Dyk)

Michael and Jacquelyne Love

Telemundo Television Studios

Work highlights

  • Advised Britney Spears on obtaining a court-ordered suspension of her father as conservator, which ended a 13-year-long conservatorship.
  • Represented Katy Perry in a copyright infringement action involving Perry’s hit Dark Horse.
  • Represented Blizzard Entertainment in California Court of Appeal against a lawsuit that asserted challenges to in-game purchases of “loot boxes”.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP handles clients both litigation and transactional construction matters, with its notable clients including construction companies, developers as well as managers. The team also assists significant Florida based real estate developers and owners in negotiations and agreements with architects, contractors, engineers as well as suppliers. Miami-based Michael Thomas co-leads the team and provides counsel on the full spectrum of issues surrounding the development of real estate properties, including dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and risk management. Las Vegas’s Mark Ferrario is a seasoned trial lawyer and routinely appears before regulatory and legislative bodies, while Robert C Epstein, based in New Jersey and New York, has over deep experience in construction litigation concerning payment claims, delays and design defects. Robert L. Crewdson and John Ducat joined the team from DLA Piper LLP (US) in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thomas; Mark Ferrario

Other key lawyers:

Robert C Epstein; David Jensen; Robert Crewdson; John Ducat


Michael Thomas and his team in the Miami office of GT are excellent construction attorneys.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

The intellectual property and tech patent litigation department at Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts on cases in all major patent jurisdictions, with a particularly strong record at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The team offers broad expertise on technical issues with a global platform, advising major clients including Teva Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals on complex, business-critical matters. Based in New York, Scott Bornstein and Joshua Raskin co-head the team, alongside Chicago-based Richard Harris. Based in New York Rose Cordero Prey is a key member of the team. Allan Kassenoff has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Scott Bornstein; Richard Harris; Joshua Raskin

Other key lawyers:

Rose Cordero Prey; Dwayne Mason


‘They have a strong knowledge of patent litigation procedures and process, and are well known practitioners who have strong relationships with the courts, judges, opposing counsel and other practitioners. The team is able to draw upon those connections for the benefit of clients.’

‘Dwayne Mason has practiced in patent litigation for years and is well known in the patent litigation community among judges and other practitioners. He is able to guide clients and counsel them through difficult situations and can draw upon his relationships to benefit clients.’


Key clients


Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company


Chewy, Inc.

Kretek International and Dryft Sciences

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Satco Products

Schlumberger Corp. (M-I-LLC (Affiliate))

Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC

Ampt LLC

Keep Truckin

Evolution Well Services, LLC/Evolution Well Services Operating, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Kretek International Inc. and DRYFT Sciences LLP in a case relating to patent infringement allegations lodged by Swedish Match AB and its subsidiaries concerning nicotine pouch products.
  • Represented pet supply retailer Chewy, Inc in a declaratory judgment action filed by Chewy against IBM in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented Coinbase in an action seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of several patents involving the display of font on mobile devices.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with ‘a level of expertise, sharpness and quick turnaround that is a cut above the rest‘. In addition to representing early stage and emerging growth companies, the firm is regularly instructed by a broad range of investors, including venture capital funds and the venture arms of companies and other institutions. The team is jointly led by Boston-based co-heads Chinh Pham and Emily Ladd-Kravitz who has ‘a deep knowledge bank of venture capital, is extremely responsive and a delight to work with‘. In addition to the firm’s strong Boston team, clients also have access to highly experienced partners in Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Emily Ladd-Kravitz; Chinh Pham


‘Emily Ladd-Kravitz has been amazing to work. She has a deep knowledge bank of venture capital, is extremely responsive and a delight to work with.’

‘Greenberg has a level of expertise, sharpness and quick turnaround that is a cut above the rest for their competition. I would love to work with them on ever deal if I could.’

‘Emily Ladd-Kravitz in Boston and the wider team know the venture capital financing space nuances and current market conditions so well. I’m so impressed every time I get the chance to work with them. I can trust their decision and advice immediately in order to make swift action.’


Key clients




Citrus CBD Industries

Spring Labs

B2B2C Web 3.0 Platform

Prota Fiori PBC

Work highlights

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

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

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP is recommended for its capabilities in domestic and international M&A, capital markets and financial products, real estate investments, and SALT planning. Tampa-based James Lang handles a significant volume of tax-related matters; his practice encompasses tax incentive programs, qualified opportunity zones and related financings, tax credits, and state and federal incentive programs. Babak Nikravesh joined the firm's Silicon Valley office in September 2023 coming from Morrison Foerster.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bridge Investment Group, LLC

PTM Partners, Fund I and Fund II

CapZone Analytics

Pinnacle Partners

The 4R Foundation, Inc.

Bridge Investment Group, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted as fund formation counsel and Qualified Opportunity Zone tax counsel to Bridge Investment Group, LLC.
  • Acted as Qualified Opportunity Zone tax counsel to CapZone Impact Investments.

Government > Government contracts

Greenberg Traurig LLP has recently strengthened its government contracts offering with the arrival of former Rogers Joseph O’Donnell practitioners Jeffery M. Chiow and Eleanor Ross in February 2022 and August 2022, respectively. Headed by Michael Schaengold, the Washington DC-based team is active in handling bid protests, M&A, cybersecurity issues and investigations.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

New York-based Scott Bornstein and Joshua Raskin along with Richard Harris in the Chicago office combine intricate section 337 expertise with broad litigation experience at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, to represent clients in ITC proceedings. The group represents domestic and foreign clients from a diverse range of industry sectors, including major names Samsung and LG Electronics.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: litigation and regulation

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s aviation litigation practice is headed by Las Vegas-based Jacob Bundick, who represents national and global airlines in commercial disputes, product liability litigation, and personal injury and property damage claims. Bundick also acts for aviation clients in local, state and federal investigations.

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,650 attorneys in 44 locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is a 2022 BTI “Highly Recommended Law Firm” for superior client service and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law Global 100 and NLJ 250. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab and is recognized for powering its US offices with 100% renewable energy as certified by the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy as a member of the US EPA’s Green Partnership Program. The firm is known for its philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web:

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 US 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.

Photo Name Position Profile
Charles S. Birenbaum photo Charles S. Birenbaum Chair, Northern California
Robert Crewdson photo Robert Crewdson Shareholder
G. Michelle Ferreira photo G. Michelle Ferreira Co-Managing Shareholder
Lindsay E. Hutner photo Lindsay E. Hutner Of Counsel
Bradley Randolph Marsh photo Bradley Randolph Marsh Co-Managing Shareholder
Number of lawyers : 2,650
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chief Executive Officer : Brian L Duffy
Executive Chair : Richard A Rosenbaum
Other Offices : In addition to 34 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 2650 attorneys in 44 locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is a 2022 BTI “Highly Recommended Law Firm” for superior client service and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law Global 100 and NLJ 250. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab and is recognized for powering its U.S. offices with 100% renewable energy as certified by the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy as a member of the U.S. EPA’s Green Partnership Program. The firm is known for its philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web:

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 and infrastructure projects, hospitality, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy, business immigration, and international litigation and dispute resolution teams.

US offices:  Albany, Atlanta, Austin,  Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, 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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