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Greenberg Traurig LLP
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Real estate Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP handles all aspects of real estate work, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, development, management, leasing, financing, restructuring and land use.Chicago-based Corey Light advised on the sale and leaseback of around 100 stores across the US with an aggregate value of $1bn. Light, Nancy Lash and Miami-based Gary Saul advised Kimco Realty on its $400m development of Dania Pointe in Florida. Orlando-based Michael Sullivan advised Loews Hotels Holding on a joint venture with NBC Universal for the development of two hotels in Orlando and a construction loan facility from Wells Fargo Bank. Miami-based Richard Giusto acted for Invesco on the $268m acquisition of a six-building complex in Washington state that was leased to Microsoft. From the firm's New York office, Stephen Rabinowitz advises private equity funds, financial institutions, developers and other investors on transactional matters relating to all classes of commercial properties. Robert Ivanhoe, who is also based in New York, specializes in real estate structures, financing, workouts, restructurings, and acquisitions and dispositions. Los Angeles-based Gregory Fishman, New York-based Kristen Lonergan and Farah Ahmed are also recommended.

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Lori Cohen in Atlanta and Jeff Scott in Los Angeles co-chair the global litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which has the size and resources to handle complex litigation across the length and breadth of the country. The team has recently secured a number of victories for its clients; in one example, a cross-office team led by Mark Tratos in Las Vegas prevailed in MDL in the Central District Court of Los Angeles in class action litigation brought against clients Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions concerning pay-per-view telecasts of the Pacquiao-Mayweather boxing match. In high-profile litigation between two leading newspapers in San Francisco, Stephen Saxl and Alan Mansfield in New York obtained summary judgment for client Hearst and its affiliates in unfair competition and other claims brought by the San Francisco ExaminerPhilip Sellinger is a key contact in New Jersey.

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP's health insurance practice advises on the regulatory aspects of M&A and investment transactions, including Medicare payment and policies, audits and sanctions, as well as state licenses and accreditation. In a recent highlight, Nancy Taylor in Washington DC acted as regulatory counsel for Centerbridge Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Davis Vision from Highmark Health. On the litigation side, Joseph Coniglio in Dallas defended the Podiatry Insurance Company of America against a range of lawsuits, while Albany-based Harold Iselin continued to serve as general corporate and regulatory counsel for both Oscar Insurance and MVP Healthcare. Alongside Iselin, Tricia A Asaro and Eileen Hayes also form part of the team in Albany.

Immigration Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s business immigration group handles the full range of immigration matters, focusing on assisting multinational and domestic corporations with strategic immigration planning for the US in the inbound and outbound transfer of employees. The team is particularly noted for its EB-5 investor practice, for instance the firm co-founded the EB-5 Immigration Coalition with Pathways EB-5, The National Association of Homebuilders and The Real Estate Round Table with the aim to promote the extension and improvement of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Other areas of expertise include handling compliance work, especially Form I-9 and E-Verify matters as well as the provision of immigration due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Laura Reiff, who splits her time between Washington and DC and Northern Virginia, and Atlanta-based Ian Macdonald co-chair the practice. Northern Virginia-based duo Martha Schoonover and Pamela Mak, and Kate Kalmykov, who is working in both the New Jersey and New York offices, are also key members. Courtney Noce was promoted to partner in Atlanta office in March 2018.

Land use/zoning Tier 2

Particularly active in New York and Florida, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is instructed by landowners, joint venture partners, and entrepreneurs in every phase of real estate projects, and also advises property owners on all the regulatory issues affecting the use of properties, a role involving close collaboration with the firm’s government law and policy teams. The team has experience of a wide variety of projects, including health, retail, hospitality, leisure, entertainment, and coastal projects. In late 2018 the firm was instructed by Amazon to manage the aftermath of the aborted roll-out of its HQ2 project in Queens, following fervent local opposition. Key contacts are land use practice chair Jay A Segal and Nick Hockens in New York, Ryan Bailine in Miami, and Ellen Berkowitz in Los Angeles.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP has strengths in product liability matters and class actions in a multitude of industries. The group’s extensive class actions list includes acting for Samsung in proceedings regarding the alleged concealment of a defect in the Samsung S7 Series Smartphone, representing Bausch Health in the talcum powder litigation and defending Champion Petfoods against the claim that certain brands of its pet food products contain BPA, mercury, lead and arsenic. In other work, Francis Citera in Chicago and Robert Herrington in Los Angeles continue to act for Twin Hill in a putative class action brought by American Airlines flight attendants, who alleged that their uniforms caused various health problems. Key practitioners also include Lori Cohen in Atlanta, New York-based Richard Edlin and David Sellinger in New Jersey. The firm recently strengthened its practice in Philadelphia with the hire of Keith Smith in February 2018 and Brian Rubenstein in July 2018, who joined from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC and Teva Pharmaceuticals respectively.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation practice has a strong track record in sector-specific product liability litigation, class actions and mass torts. Chicago-based Gregory Ostfeld and highly regarded head of team Lori Cohen in Atlanta are defending Alcon and Sandoz in several multi-state consumer fraud class actions regarding the dropper design of glaucoma drugs, which recently saw the team acting as lead appellate counsel before the First Circuit. In other work, Cohen and Atlanta-based Sara Thompson obtained dismissal of various cases for Sandoz in a lawsuit involving the generic medication amiodarone, in which plaintiffs brought claims involving product liability, off-label promotion and failure to distribute required medication guides. In addition, the team is acting as national coordinating, trial and settlement counsel for CR Bard in all claims relating to pelvic mesh device litigation, and also advises the same client on the hernia mesh litigation. The Philadelphia office was strengthened by the hires of Keith Smith from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC in February 2018 and Brian Rubenstein from Teva Pharmaceuticals in July 2018. Christiana Jacxsens left to join W. L. Gore & Associates in January 2019.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense Tier 2

The environmental litigation and toxic tort practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP handles national and international environmental and toxic tort matters in a variety of industry sectors. Practice head David Weinstein and Christopher Torres in Tampa are defending Mosaic Fertilizer in several environmental lawsuits and class actions, including a case in which the plaintiff alleges that she was harmed by lifelong exposure to hazardous air pollutants and other toxins from one of the client’s manufacturing facilities. In other work, the team is defending National Foam and related entities as national counsel in over 100 class actions relating to the contamination of the groundwater and municipal water supplies close to military bases, airports and fire training academies. Other names to note include department co-chairs David G Mandelbaum in Philadelphia and Steven C Russo in New York. Chicago-based Francis Citera is also recommended. Tim Swickard joined the Sacramento office from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in March 2018.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly regarded for its involvement in all aspects of a REIT’s life cycle, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, internalizations, corporate governance, M&A, dispositions and other exit strategies. The client list boasts Black Creek Industrial REIT IV, Rodin Global Property Trust and Hines Global REIT. Joseph Herz led advice to Rodin Global Property Trust, as corporate and securities counsel, on its $1.25bn continuous IPO of common shares. The names to note are co-chair of the REIT Practice Robert Ivanhoe, who is also global real estate chair, and co-global real estate chair Corey Light in Chicago, along with Bennett Deutsch, Yuta Delarck and tax experts Jennifer Weiss in Boston and Carl Riley. Former group lead Judith Fryer retired from the practice and Alice Connaughton left for Morrison & Foerster LLP's Washington DC office. Advisers mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP assists clients from initial conception of projects through delivery and any subsequent dispute resolution, acting for developers, owners and contractors. Robert Epstein and Michael Thomas co-chair the construction practice from New Jersey and Miami respectively. Both are equally adept at transactional or contentious matters; Epstein recently acted for State Farm Insurance Company in pursuing claims against subcontractors and designers for alleged defective construction, while Thomas is acting for The Related Group, the developer of a Sunny Isles Beach luxury residential tower with a value of over $1bn. In the latter, Thomas was assisted by shareholder Christopher Barnett and associates Julia Jeffrey, Graham Smith and Nicole Sohn, all of the Miami office. From the New Jersey office, shareholder Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt acted alongside Epstein in the defense of Dormitory Association of the State of New York against actions by a contractor seeking damages for alleged wrongful termination and delays. Fellow New Jersey-based shareholder David Jensen is also noted.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP acts as external counsel on employee benefits and executive compensation matters for a solid client base including Western Digital, NFP, Collective Health, Granite Construction and Midlands Management Corporation. Silicon Valley-based Magan Ray serves as ERISA counsel to companies such as Twitter, Xilinx and Intuit, which she advises on 401(k), health and welfare and deferred compensation plans as well as fringe benefit matters. Richard Sirus in Chicago has ‘the ability to think outside of the box to reach creative conclusions’ when it comes to designing and implementing retirement plans, ESOPs, executive compensation arrangements and ERISA Title 1 compliance. Renee O’Rourke in Denver, Steven Lapidus in Miami and Ian Herbert in Washington DC are also names to note. Leslie A Klein and Jeffrey Mamorsky jointly head the practice group from Phoenix and New York respectively.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's expertise lies in matters relating to FERC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). The energy and natural resources team regularly represents clients in federal and state-level rulemaking proceedings, federal complaint proceedings and certificate and licensing proceedings. Houston-based William Garner and DC-based Kenneth M Minesinger are the heads of the team. In a standout highlight, Boston-based Gregory Lawrence and others assisted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority with all regulatory aspects of market transformation in the context of the client's financial insolvency; the work included advising on market structure, generation markets and facilities falling under FERC jurisdiction.

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

The energy and natural resources department at Greenberg Traurig LLP 'brings tremendous industry and government experience to its representation of clients'. Key areas of work include rate-making proceedings, appellate proceedings, certification and licencing matters and market manipulation cases. DC-based partners Kenneth Minesinger and Howard Nelson are assisting the State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation with a broad range of matters related to the construction of the Alaska LNG Project; on the regulatory side, this involves advising the clients on the FERC licensing process and filing for the necessary FERC authorizations. In an ongoing contentious highlight, Nelson and Minesinger are representing El Paso Natural Gas in an appeal of a rate case before FERC, which could cost the client over $700m in return on investment. Nelson 'considers the issue from all possible angles'. Energy transaction specialist Douglas Atnipp departed for Winston & Strawn LLP in January 2018; counsel Edwin Nazario joined the DC office from Reed Smith LLP in February 2018.

Environment: litigation Tier 3

With 30 offices across the country, part of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s strength lies in its localized expertise. The firm has a comprehensive approach to environment litigation, handling administrative law, auditing and compliance, brownfield development and risk transfer, class action and mass tort litigation, cost recovery, crisis response and management, government enforcement litigation, insurance, Native American law, natural resource damages, permitting litigation and appeals, regulatory rulemaking and challenges, Superfund litigation, and toxic tort litigation. It represented key clients Mosaic Fertilizer and The Mosaic Company in a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff alleging damages from life-long exposure to hazardous air pollutants and other toxins from one of Mosaic Fertilizer’s manufacturing facilities in Florida. The practice is led by the ‘highly expertDavid Mandelbaum in Philadelphia, Kerri Barsh in Miami, and Tampa managing shareholder David Weinstein. Other key contacts include Chicago-based Francis Citera, who co-chairs the products liability and mass torts litigation group; Christopher Bell in Houston; Caleb Holmes in Philadelphia; and former US Attorney for the District of Colorado, Troy Eid; as well as Paul Seby and Christopher Neumann in Denver.

ERISA litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has recently been involved in a number of ESOP cases, including a pending class action launched against Brijon Management & Employee Leasing Services, and Brown v Wilmington Trust; Atlanta-based practice co-head Todd Wozniak won a successful ruling for Wilmington Trust against fiduciary breach and other ERISA violation claims. Jonathan Sulds in New York represented the retirement savings committee for a major energy company in an ERISA stock drop case, and James Nelson regularly represents single- and multi-employer ERISA plan fiduciaries in disputes. Also recommended is Robert Bernstein, who is representing IRA administrator Provident in a nationwide class action claiming monetary losses following a set of bankruptcies of companies that Provident had invested in.

International litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has significant expertise in cross-border disputes. The global litigation practice group is led by co-chairs Lori Cohen in Atlanta and Los Angeles-based Jeff Scott. In New York, experienced trial lawyer Hal Shaftel, who has particular expertise in antitrust, has represented plaintiffs WR Huff Asset Management and Musashi in the recovery of $1.6bn for consulting services rendered in connection with the financial restructuring of Virgin Media. Respected securities litigator Joseph C Coates III in West Palm Beach is also recommended.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP's practice is jointly led by Naomi BeerJames Boudreau and David Long-Daniels, based in Denver, Philadelphia and Atlanta respectively. It 'distinguishes itself by the breadth of its scope, which ranges from geographic access to subject matter expertise', and works closely with the firm's other practices, such as the corporate and tax groups. Los Angeles-based Mark Kemple represented Marriott in various matters, including a wage-and-hour case which was dismissed. Natasha Wilson in Atlanta was engaged by Atlanta Public Schools regarding a collective action alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Charles Birenbaum and counsel Lindsay Hutner are key contacts in San Francisco. Other names to note are Jonathan Sulds in New York as well as Wendy Johnson LarioKristine Feher and Robert Bernstein in New Jersey. Michael Mason re-joined the firm in Phoenix in April 2018 from Pinnacle West Capital, and of counsel Alicia Voltmer was a new arrival to the Dallas office from Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC in September 2018. The team had several partner promotions, including Adil Khan (Los Angeles) in March 2018 and Ashley Farrell Pickett (Los Angeles) and Jack Gearan (Boston) in January 2019.

Labor-management relations Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's team is well integrated in the international network and also works closely with the firm's other departments, in particular the corporate group. The team is jointly led by Naomi BeerJames Boudreau and David Long-Daniels, based in Denver, Philadelphia and Atlanta respectively. San Francisco-based Charles Birenbaum is assisting Hornblower Cruises in its expanding transportation project regarding the negotiations with organized labor to staff the system. Jerrold Goldberg in New York is regularly engaged as the transactional labor counsel by SL Green Realty. Terence McCourt is a noted practitioner in Boston. Michael Mason re-joined the firm in Phoenix from Pinnacle West Capital Corporation in April 2018; another new arrival is counsel Alicia Sienne Voltmer in Dallas, who came from Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC in September 2018.

Securities litigation - defense Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is 'a great firm' that has more than 70 attorneys in its securities litigation practice, including former federal and state prosecutors and former SEC, FINRA, and state regulatory attorneys. It has a truly national practice, with key partners located on both the east and west coasts. In West Palm Beach, Bradford Kaufman and Tracy Gerber are the key names. Kaufman and Joseph Coates III acted for Barclays’ former chairman of investment banking for the Middle East, Roger Jenkins, in a case arising from charges brought by the UK's Serious Fraud Office. Robert Horowitz, who represented online gaming company The Stars Group in a putative class action, and William Briendel are the key partners in New York. In Los Angeles, Daniel Tyukody handled Zamir Bridgepoint Education Inc et al, in which plaintiffs alleged accounting manipulation. In Dallas, Karl Dial is 'very insightful, experienced and focused, as well as tenacious, supportive and exceptionally persuasive in written and oral arguments; his style is both confidence-building and disarming at the same time'. David Coulson in Miami is also recommended.

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is engaged by corporate end-users and private funds in relation to derivatives transactions and equity financing matters. Sylvie Durham has particular expertise in structured equity financing and currency and forex derivates, and Nanette Aguirre, who focuses on emerging markets in Latin America and Africa, has experience in a range of derivative trading mandates and cross-border regulation. In addition to end-user clients, the team has acted for various market infrastructure providers, including clearinghouses and derivative trading platforms.

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly skilled in investigating and litigating trade secret cases. Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels advised Agilysys on a misappropriation of trade secrets action against a former senior employee. Dwayne Mason , who works in the Texas office, defended BioTras against trade secret misappropriation claims brought by a competitor in relation to spinal training models. Other key names in the team are Ian Ballon, Richard McCrea, Jr., Robert Bernstein and Todd Wozniak.

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

Noted for its ‘strong IP capabilities’, Greenberg Traurig LLP counts high-profile names such as Ralph Lauren, American Airlines, UPS and Caesars Entertainment Group among its clients. The practice, chaired by Chicago-based Mark Galis and Susan Heller in Orange County, advises clients on selecting, building, protecting, enforcing and monetizing their trademarks on a global scale. Work highlights included assisting CrossFit with the establishment of various new trademark licenses and, in the entertainment space, respectively advising Jennifer Lopez/JLO Holding Company and Katy Perry/Killer Queen on worldwide trademark clearance and strategy.

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP advises clients on how to be compliant with federal, state and local employment laws in a variety of areas, and is particular noted for its 'rock-solid knowledge of OSHA rules and practices'. Washington DC-based Johnine Barnes assisted Profit Investment Management with corporate restructuring, compliance issues and diversification. Jerrold Goldberg in New York counsels Hello & Hola Media and Sunday Sky on a broad range of employment-related matters. Philadelphia's Kelly Dobbs Bunting handled manager, discrimination and harassment training for GTL. Michael Taylor in McLean is 'exceptionally talented at crafting solutions to OSHA-related problems'. Kelly Dobbs Bunting in Philadelphia and Tiffany Fordyce in Chicago jointly lead the labor and employment practice’s workforce compliance and regulatory enforcement group. New Jersey-based Kristine Feher is also noted. Michael Mason re-joined the firm in Phoenix in April 2018 from Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, and of counsel Alicia Voltmer was a new arrival to the Dallas office, coming from Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC in September 2018.

Appellate Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s dedicated appellate practice is split across 29 litigation centers throughout the country, and is jointly chaired by Elliot Scherker (Miami), Mark Solomons (Washington DC), Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (New York) and Susan Phillips Read (Albany). Tallahassee-based Barry Richard and his team convinced the Fifth District Court of Appeal of Florida to reverse a $36m summary judgment for securities fraud entered against the firm’s clients Lighting Science Group Corporation and Pegasus Capital Advisors; the ongoing case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings. At the Eleventh Circuit, Tampa-based duo David Weinstein and Christopher Torres led on securing a second victory for the defendant-appellees in Williams v Mosaic Fertilizer, a toxic tort suit alleging the exacerbation of medical conditions as a result of the emittance of toxic substances from Mosaic’s factory. Chicago-based Gregory Ostfeld and Dale Wainwright are also recommended.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP's group is chaired by John Pappalardo in Boston and Washington DC's Nathan Muyskens. Muyskens represented Cambridge Analytica in relation to Mueller's special counsel and various House and Senate investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In Miami, Mark Bloom assisted Citibank with an internal investigation following an SEC action against a former customer for securities fraud. In 2018, Geoffrey Berman left the firm to serve as US attorney general for the Southern District of New York, while Jason Lewis joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Jessica Natali joined the Philadelphia office after serving as assistant US attorney general for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and brings with her substantial trial experience. John Gibbons in Chicago and David Weinstein in Tampa are also recommended. In March 2019, former department co-head Marc Mukasey left the firm to co-found Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP.

Environment: regulatory Tier 4

One of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s strength is its nationwide spread with localised knowledge in 30 offices across the country. The lawyers have expertise in administrative law, auditing and compliance, brownfield development and risk transfer, crisis response and management, energy and infrastructure projects, Native American law, natural resources, permitting, CAA, CWA, ESA, CERCLA, NEPA, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and rulemaking and challenges. Kerri Barsh co-chairs the environmental practice from Miami; Philadelphia-based David G Mandelbaum is the other practice co-chair; in Houston Christopher L Bell is the EPA-appointed independent monitor overseeing compliance by Duke Energy with the conditions of its plea to criminal misdemeanour violations of the CWA. Other clients include National Marine Manufacturers Association, the State of North Dakota, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, and National Sorghum Producers.

Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP specializes in strategic regulatory matters, including FDA law, CMS reimbursement, OIG audits, licensure and policy issues, while also offering legal support on healthcare M&A and private equity transactions, as well as liability and compliance litigation. Dallas partner Joseph Coniglio assists Presbyterian Communities & Services and its healthcare entities on corporate, regulatory and operational matters. The practice is led by Nancy Taylor in Washington DC and Michael Cherniga in Tallahassee. Transactions specialist Michael Malone is the name to note in Dallas.

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Susan Heller and Mark Galis head the group at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which is particularly strong on anti-counterfeiting issues and is experienced in appearing before federal, state and appellate courts as well as the TTAB and international arbitration panels. Galis and Eric Maiers recently represented The Home Depot, successfully permitting the client to continue expanding its ‘ANVIL’ brand after opposition by Anvil International. In another highlight for Galis, he and Jeffrey Dunning are acting for PHWLV in a suit brought by a restaurant operator who sought a declaratory judgment that the client had abandoned all rights to the ‘ALADDIN’ trademark, the former name of its Planet Hollywood casino/hotel. Named attorneys operate from Chicago with the exception of Heller who is Orange County based.

US taxes: contentious Tier 4

The 'highly experienced team' at Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expertise in employment tax examinations and appeals, offshore voluntary disclosures, tax fraud and tax compliance matters. Spread across the firm's US office network, the team advises on all stages of tax controversy proceedings. The team is representing a large aviation client in ad valorem property tax proceedings in California; Orange County shareholder Cris O’Neall is leading. Group lead Barbara Kaplan and Scott Fink are key names in New York, while Bradley Marsh and G Michelle Ferreira are names to note in San Francisco.

Energy: transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig LLP advises integrated, independent and national oil companies, governments, and equipment manufacturers on energy finance, project development, M&A, tax and environmental compliance mandates. A major client of the firm is the State of Alaska, which Washington DC-based Kenneth M Minesinger advised on multiple transactional and project development issues relating to Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s efforts to facilitate the construction of a major LNG export project worth over $40bn. William Garner is another key contact. In 2018, Douglas C Atnipp left the firm for Winston & Strawn LLP, Edwin Nazario joined Reed Smith LLP, Derek Anchondo left for HFW USA LLP, and Alfred Ramos joined Thompson & Knight LLP. All lawyers are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

International tax Tier 5

Praised for its 'excellent knowledge and problem solving', Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides international tax planning advice on M&A and private equity, as well as treaty issues, foreign tax credits and withholding taxes. New York’s Mary Voce heads the practice, and Latin America specialist Erika Litvak is a key contact in Miami.

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's depth of skilled attorneys across 29 US offices, including New York, Washington DC, Miami and Atlanta, has enabled the firm to build an impressive client list and deal record. A team led by New York partner Alan Annex advised Platform Specialty Products on its $4.2bn sale of its agrochemicals unit, which consists of Arysta LifeScience and its subsidiaries to UPL. The firm also advised a consortium consisting of KCC, SJL Partners and Wonik QnC, on its $3.1bn acquisition of Momentive Performance Materials, the New York-based silicone maker. Dennis Block is senior chairman of the firm's global M&A practice and has an outstanding record in big-ticket M&A. Gary Epstein retired. Adel Aslani-Far joined the team from Latham & Watkins LLP after the publication of the guide.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

The ‘very commercialGreenberg Traurig, LLP ‘turns work around quickly and is great with clients’. The ‘effective and well-organized’ firm has experience handling cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, as well as representing debtors in Chapter 11 filings and litigation. The ‘very experienced industry playerMark Bloom in Miami is ‘a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with’. He leads the team with Shari Heyen in Houston, Chicago-based Keith Shapiro and David Kurzweil, who splits his time between Atlanta and New York. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of bankruptcy veteran J. Gregory Milmoe, who joins as a shareholder. The department is representing Nader Tavakoli in his capacity as the plan administrator for the Cobalt International Energy Bankruptcy Estates, handling post-confirmation wind-up work. In another highlight, the firm acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the case of integrated oil field services company C&J Energy Services, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with approximately $1.4bn in pre-petition secured indebtedness. As committee counsel, the team worked with the other parties to develop a plan that would allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy while maximizing recoveries for unsecured creditors. Maria DiConza and Nancy Mitchell left for O'Melveny & Myers LLP, while Lenard Parkins moved to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Greenberg Traurig LLP's 'outstanding group of attorneys’ provide ‘excellent legal counsel’ in domestic and international transactions, tax structuring and SALT matters. The ‘dynamic’ team stands out for its ‘strong business acumen, knowledge of the latest developments and ability to remain one step ahead of the market’. Key advisors include William Siegel in Miami, Bradley Marsh in San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale partners Joel Maser and Noam Lipshitz. William Gorrod left for Morrison & Foerster LLP and James Null joined Eversheds Sutherland in June and August 2018, respectively.

Firm Overview:
Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 41 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:

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.

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

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 & 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.

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Ms Susan L Heller  photo Ms Susan L Heller
Mr Robert J Herrington  photo Mr Robert J Herrington
Mr Mark D Kemple  photo Mr Mark D Kemple
 Adil Mansoor Khan  photo Adil Mansoor Khan
 Paul Schumacher  photo Paul Schumacher
 Jeff Scott  photo Jeff Scott
Mr Jeff E Scott  photo Mr Jeff E Scott
 Daniel J. Tyukody  photo Daniel J. Tyukody
Number of lawyers : 2,200
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chief Executive Officer : Brian L Duffy
Executive Chair : Richard A Rosenbaum
Other Offices : In addition to 31 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 41 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.

U.S. Offices:  Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, 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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