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Greenberg Traurig LLP
1840 CENTURY PARK EAST
SUITE 1900
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
United States

Real estate Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides full support on each and every stage of national and international real estate projects. The practice is proficient in everything from zoning and land use matters through to acquisitions, construction and eventual leasing with the luxury of being able to call upon the firm’s tax, environmental and litigation departments to fill out the full-service offering. Corey Light is a go-to name for the sale and purchase of commercial property and is based in the firm's Chicago office alongside Michael Baum, a specialist in the formation of US and international real estate opportunity funds, particularly those pertaining to Mexico and Brazil. Elsewhere, in New York, Robert Ivanhoe is rated for his longstanding expertise in financing, workouts and restructurings, while Stephen Rabinowitz provides expertise on sophisticated equity and debt structures in addition to the disposition and leasing of a range of asset classes including office, hospitality, multi-family and condominiums. Another name to note is Richard Giusto, who is based in the Miami office and tailors his practice towards commercial real estate transactions and leasing. The team also has a presence in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Practice head(s):

Corey Light; Richard Giusto; Stephen Rabinowitz; Michael Baum

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Fischer; Milos Markovic; Greg Fishman

Testimonials

‘The GT team is a full-service operation. Our deals and projects are very complex and GT always has the right expertise in-house to solve our needs. From land-sue, transactions, financing, ground leases, development agreements, environmental, master covenants, Opportunity Zones, etc. They instrumental in providing solutions to our complex legal challenges.’

Key clients

Albertson’s

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Invesco Real Estate

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Kimco Realty Corp.

Schottenstein Realty Company

SL Green

Square Mile Capital

Starwood Capital Group

The Related Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the Related Group on approximately 50 major condo, hotel or apartment projects in the US, in addition to ten major international deals in Latin America collectively valued in excess of $10bn.
  • Served as Nevada and gaming counsel to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust in a joint venture with MGM Resorts International which will acquire the real estate assets of Bellagio for $4.25bn in a sale-leaseback transaction.
  • Representation of the owner/developer in the simultaneous marketing and sale of three of the largest multi-family projects in NYC, a first-class hotel located in NYC and a Class A office building in New Jersey. The transaction value is $2.5bn.

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

The client list of the trial-ready team at Greenberg Traurig LLP spans a broad range of industries, from pet food manufacturers and retailers to electronic device companies. The firm has extensive experience in complex mass torts and class actions, taking on lead roles for clients. For example, the firm has acted as national counsel in a recent matter related to JUUL vaping devices. Francis A. Citera, who has thirty years of experience co-chairs the products liability and mass torts practice together with Gretchen N. Miller in Chicago. Atlanta-based Lori G. Cohen, a renowned lawyer in the product liability space, is co-chair of global litigation. Of counsel Brandon Cox  joined the firm from Tucker Ellis LLP while the Miami product liability practice was strengthened with Rebecca Ocariz and Enjoliqué Aytch Lett from Akerman LLP  and by Alex Lagos from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Francis Citera; Gretchen Miller; Lori Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Robert Herrington; David Coulson

Testimonials

‘ Clear expertise and experience in class action lawsuits. Deep expertise in all areas including appeal work. – extremely responsive – quickly gets up to speed on the company and the issues. Develops deep understanding of our business.’

‘Dave Coulson- excellent quarterback. Deep expertise and knowledge, practical. Rick L. Shackelford – very knowledgeable/ clever in the way the knowledge is applied, extremely skilled in negotiation and during mediation. Jared Kessler – very skilled and helpful. Elisa Baca – has mastered the evidence to an encyclopedic level, and does excellent behind the scenes work. Elliot Scherker – did an excellent job for us on one of our appeals.’

 

Key clients

Bird Rides, Inc.

Champion Petfoods LP

Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

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

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Lockheed Martin Company

Univar Inc.

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

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

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

DevaConcepts LLC

Ovivo USA LLC

Qualcomm Incorporated and Sony Electronics Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represents Champion Petfoods in nearly 20 national putative class action lawsuits alleging Champion’s pet food products contain heavy metals and BPA, rendering some statements on its packaging misleading. Over the past year the firm has landed multiple blows against ‘litigation tourism’ in their representation of Champion, including winning crucial personal jurisdiction motions by applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb to putative class actions filed in California (Reitman v. Champion) and Illinois (Leppert v. Champion).
  • Represented UL LLC in the affirmance of a dismissal by the Eleventh Circuit from the Southern District of Florida in a products liability matter alleging false advertising under the Lanham Act, and requesting injunctive relief for violations of the Lanham Act and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Represents Samsung in putative class actions alleging false advertising and product defects involving the Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8 devices in the Central District of California, Northern District of California and Eastern District of Wisconsin. The firm won multiple, highly-contested motions to compel arbitration of named plaintiffs’ claims, gutting the plaintiffs’ cases for certification. Pang v. Samsung Elecs. Am., Inc., 371 F. Supp. 3d 633, 635 (N.D. Cal. 2019); Velasquez-Reyes v. Samsung Elecs. Am., Inc., No. ED CV 16-1953-DMG (KKx), 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209802 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2020).

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

The trial-ready team at Greenberg Traurig LLP regularly handles bet-the-company mass tort and individual cases throughout the country. It is involved in many major drug and device MDLs and has acted as national counsel or national trial counsel for clients in pelvic mesh, hernia mesh, Amiodarone, Taxotere and opioid litigation among others. Lori G. Cohen, renowned in the product liability space, is at the helm of the practice. Sara K. Thompson, who represents many leading pharmaceutical and device clients in high-profile litigation, takes on a leading role within the team. Both are based in Atlanta. The Miami office has been expanded with new hires Enjoliqué Aytch Lett from Akerman LLP in November 2020 and Alexandra Bach Lagos from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lori G. Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Greg Ostfeld; Sara K. Thompson; Victoria Davis Lockard; Ginger Pigott

Key clients

Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”); C. R. Bard, Inc.

Sandoz Inc.; Eon Labs, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc.

B. Braun Interventional Systems Inc; B. Braun Medical Inc.

Alcon Vision LLC

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

CryoLife, Inc.

AAP Implante AG

Berkley Life Sciences

Danaher Corp.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

Sterigenics U.S., LLC; Sotera Health

TherapeuticsMD, Inc.

Univar

Work highlights

  • Represented the generic pharmaceuticals company Sandoz Inc. and subsidiary Eon Labs, Inc. in a series of recent victories that virtually shut down the national amiodarone litigation.  Successfully extricated the client from a three-year battle in a California state coordinated proceeding (JCCP) with more than 480 plaintiffs.
  • Secured the complete dismissal of all products liability claims directed to the Trulign® Toric intraocular lens for Bausch & Lomb, Inc. This win was another crucial battle in the ongoing war over the scope of federal preemption for product liability claims involving Class III, PMA-approved medical device. This important ruling is in the early stages of appeal. A favorable decision in the Second Circuit would bolster case law across the country rejecting attempts to circumvent preemption through allegations relating to adverse event reporting.
  • Scored four-in-a-row wins in the long-running pelvic mesh litigation for Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”); C. R. Bard, Inc., widely considered one of the most complex mass torts in history.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP not only tries cases involving alleged soil, water and air pollution but also advises clients on creative defense strategies and utilizes its appellate capabilities. The firm represents companies in mass torts and class actions, regulatory enforcement and citizen suits. In one of nation’s largest environmental MDLs, the firm is defending National Foam Inc and other entities in litigation surrounding aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a high-profile and high potential exposure case. Tampa-based David Weinstein, an acclaimed lawyer in the environmental and toxic tort space, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Torres; Francis Citera; Ryan Hopper; David Mandelbaum

Key clients

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Twin Hill Acquisition Company, Inc.

National Foam, Inc

Ovivo USA LLC

Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Orlando Utilities Commission

PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing Lockheed Martin on several toxic tort matters.
  • Representing Twin Hill Acquisition Company, Inc. in putative class actions.
  • Representing Ovivo USA LLC in multiple litigation matters involving product liability, trade secret misappropriation and general commercial litigation matters.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a vastly experienced practice in the defense of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, with key practitioners located in offices across the US. Working with the  white-collar criminal defense and governmental affairs practices, the partners offer a rounded view of all types of litigation for major D&O insurance carriers. In West Palm Beach, Bradford Kaufman—who brought to conclusion a long-running case against for Barclays chairman Roger Jenkins concerning conspiracy to commit fraud—and Tracy Gerber frequently defend major Wall Street brokerage firms. Robert Horowitz in New York and Karl Dial in Dallas are ‘clear, timely and substantive‘ in their advice. William Briendel in Westchester County and New York is also a key adviser to the broker-dealer community. Daniel Tyukody in Los Angeles is recognized as one of a select few lawyers to have tried a securities class action to judgment and have the verdict confirmed on appeal.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Robert Horowitz and Karl Dial are very factual based in their analysis of the Securities Class Actions and government Investigations filed against their Clients and our Insureds. And as very ethical attorneys. If their client wants to resolve the investigation or Securities Class Action, they provide us the necessary details and permit us to provide our input and evaluation.’

‘Robert Horowitz and Karl Dial are clear, timely and substantive. Often their competitors will only tell us the necessary information when the litigation is at the trail stage or at the mediation.’

Key clients

Roger Jenkins

Helios & Matheson Analytics, Inc. (MoviePass)

Allegiant Travel Company

Zovio Inc.

US Virgin Island Properties, LLC

Walton International Group, Inc.

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc.

Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.

Michael Pappagallo

Vos Hospitality/Greystone Entities

SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corp. and Wonik Holdings Co.

Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc.

Function(x), Inc.

KPMG LLP

Work highlights

  • Secured a successful conclusion a long-standing investigation on behalf of Roger Jenkins, Barclays’ former chairman of investment banking for the Middle East.
  • Representing a former public company and its directors and officers in a Rule 10b-5 securities class action filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York (Chang v. Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc., et al.).
  • Representing the parent company of Allegiant Airlines and its directors and officers in both a Rule 10b-5 securities class action filed in federal court (Checkman v. Allegiant Travel Co., et al.) and two tag-along derivative cases (City of Warren Police & Fire Retir. Sys. v. Gallagher, et al., and Fullenkamp v. Gallagher, et al.) in a matter arising out of an April 15, 2018 CBS “60 Minutes” broadcast.

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP's healthcare and FDA practice handles regulatory and transactional work for a variety of standout clients, including Centene, Oscar Insurance and United Healthcare. In particular, the team has an emphasis on transactions involving private equity firms and other private investors. Standout work in this area included serving as counsel to long-standing client Affinity on its pending sale to Molina Healthcare; that matter was led by Albany-based attorneys Harold Iselin and Tricia Asaro. In the regulatory space, the team undertakes regular reviews of Medicare and Medicaid payments, OIG audits and sanctions, and state licensure and accreditation. The practice group is jointly led by Nancy Taylor in Washington DC and David Peck in Fort Lauderdale. Eileen Hayes is also  recommended in the Albany office.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Key clients

Affinity Health Plan

Centene Corporation

MVP Health Care

MetroPlus Health Plan Inc.

Oscar Insurance Corporation

Riseboro Community Partnership

United HealthCare

ProAssurance

Work highlights

  • Served as counsel for long-time client Affinity in the company’s recently announced pending sale to Molina Healthcare, Inc.

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

The multijuristictional practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP has expertise in investigating and litigating a range of trade secret cases at the state and federal level. Utilizing its partnerships with forensic experts, the firm has a particular focus on preventing misappropriation and corporate espionage. Other areas of work include conducting trade secret audits and acting in technology, new business model and employee trade secret cases. The team is co-led by Kurt A. Kappes, who works from the Sacramento and San Francisco offices and has lead trial experience in trade secret litigation; and Atlanta-based Natasha Wilson, who focuses on labor and employment mandates. The team was bolstered in 2020 by the addition of experienced trade secrets practitioners Galit Kierkut and Martin Fojas, who joined the New Jersey office from Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Practice head(s):

Kurt A. Kappes; Natasha Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Shira Yoshor; Richard McCrea; Galit Kierkut; Martin Fojas; Justin Victor

Key clients

Miner, Ltd

Biodesix, Inc.

Material Handling Services

Jabil, Inc.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Jaflo, Inc.

Kretek International

Verizon Media

Coldwell Solar, Inc.

Dermaceutical Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Represented Zhong Zhi Xing Technology Co. Ltd. and AllRide.AI, Inc. as defendants in a lawsuit for alleged trade secret misappropriation filed by WeRide Corp. and WeRide Inc. in the Northern District of California.
  • Pursued injunctive relief on behalf of Jaflo Inc. concerning allegations that a former Jaflo employee stole confidential information before going to work for a competitor, Valiant.
  • Acting for Material Handling Services in Miner, Ltd. v. Paul Anguiano and Paseo Del Norte Dock Products, Inc. an action in the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division against a former high-level account executive, president, and managing member for violations of the non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions of his restrictive covenants, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s business immigration team is noted for its ‘solid team play‘ and is jointly overseen by Laura Reiff in Washington, DC and Ian Macdonald in Atlanta. The practice advises large domestic and international corporations and investors on business compliance matters, and US work visas. In the Atlanta office, Jay Ruby handles all types of visa work including O-1 and O-2 visas, and has experience representing clients before the Department of Labor and other federal agencies. Martha Schoonover in Northern Virginia has over three decades of experience and is skilled in temporary non-immigrant visa work. Employment-based immigration matters are dealt with by Kate Kalmykov in New York and New Jersey, whose core specialty is EB-5 immigrant investor programs.

Practice head(s):

Laura Reiff; Ian Macdonald

Testimonials

‘The team here is exceptional, extremely customer-focused and attentive. I know that I can call the principal attorney at any time and speak with her on issues of concern.’

‘We mainly work with Kristen Ng as a primary attorney from our organization. The team effort of her and her teams are tremendously collaborative and much more effective than any other law firms we’ve worked with which have strengthen our trust with them.’

‘They handle all US immigration matters including new and transfer of all nonimmigration visa categories such as H/L/B/TN/O visas. They also support anything and everything outside of immigration matter to our organization such as outbound immigration matters, standardizing our affiliates’ immigration policy, tax matters, mobility program management, litigation matters. ’

‘The team assigned on our account are always prompt, professional and pay close attention to our employees as clients. Their attention to detail is to be commended. ’

‘Kristen Burke and Martha Schoonover are wonderful to work with. We enjoy a close relationship and the entire team always cater to our needs. This is especially true in times of crisis when special care is required and they always deliver. The past year has been especially challenging and the Greenberg team has delivered without question, always ready to assist us as clients and keeping us updated with timely notifications regarding the latest immigration updates by the govt. Our partnership with the GT team is simply unparalleled with our other firms. ‘

Key clients

CVS/Pharmacy and CVS Caremark

CBS Corporation

CEMEX, Inc.

City of Miami

Silverstein Properties

Swire Properties US Inc.

Extell New York Regional Center

Odessa Technologies, Inc.

Formation of EB-5 Immigration Coalition

Work highlights

  • Our team of experts, with Laura Reiff leading the advocacy work, for EB-5 reform, H-1B reform, H-2B reform, and also reform that targets non-immigrant visa issuance at the consulates.
  • Advised Swire Properties on their United States workforce and challenges posed by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Advises American Business Immigration Coalition on matters ranging from federal immigration reform, state-based immigration policy and economic assistance for immigrant/minority owned businesses.

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

Noted for its handling of public and private REIT transactions, the team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expertise in public and follow-on offerings, corporate governance, SEC reporting, M&A, dispositions and exit strategies. The group is recognized in particular for its full-service securities work, and its strong understanding of the regulatory environment. Robert Ivanhoe and Joseph Herz jointly lead the practice from New York, with a strong emphasis on tax matters and sophisticated REIT structures. Also recommended is Timothy Donovan, who joined the firm from Proskauer Rose LLP and focuses on matters of federal taxation specifically for non-US investors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ivanhoe; Joseph Herz

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised on restructuring of REIT anchored open-ended Odyssey Index real estate fund.
  • Represented Treehouse Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. in its private offering and private placement of 2,513,296 shares of its common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $60.3m.
  • Represented Raymond James & Associates, Inc. as the initial purchaser in connection with the $770m private offering of shares of common stock and operating partnership units by IQHQ, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for high-profile individuals and multinational corporations in government investigations and enforcement actions. Led by Nathan Muyskens in Washington DC, the practice has continued to grow its client roster of financial institutions and executives. Muyskens is experienced in high-stakes, bet-the-company cases, grand jury investigations, internal investigations, enforcement matters and related civil proceedings. Kyle Freeny, also in Washington DC, is well versed in cross-border financial criminal matters, such as money laundering and anti-corruption enforcement. In December 2019, Benjamin Greenberg joined from the US Attorney’s Office in Miami and Daniel Pulecio-Boek joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington DC. Adam Hoffinger also joined the Washington DC team from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muyskens

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jared Dwyer; Matthew Cannon; Gregory Casas; Pamela Marple; Gregory Kehoe; Benjamin Greenberg; Daniel Pulecio-Boek; Adam Hoffinger

Testimonials

‘Their communication is top notch’.

‘Internally, every person assigned to your case is up to date on the status and strategy of your matter’.

‘This firm is highly connected and was able to consult with professionals outside the firm’.

‘Greenberg Traurig represented me with a level of professionalism and care that made me feel like I was their only client’.

‘This firm has somehow mastered how to give their clients boutique service with the resources of a large firm’.      

‘I can say without a doubt that Greenberg Traurig stand out among their peers in customer service, professionalism, and subject matter expertise’.    

‘Kyle Freeny has an amazing mind with impeccable judgment’.

‘Kyle Freeny is detail-oriented and her counsel is among the best I have ever received’.

Key clients

Richard Boncy

1st Global Capital LLC

Roger Jenkins

Movita Johnson-Harrell, former Pennsylvania State Representative

Fortress Investment Group

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Richard Boncy, a Haitian national and US citizen the 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.
  • Continuing to represent a number of senior bank executives that are currently being investigated by the DOJ’s Fraud Section and the CFTC for a form of commodities fraud commonly referred to as spoofing.
  • Defending JPMorgan Chase in civil litigation entitled CJI Trading v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. before Judge Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a varied portfolio of work, which includes major class actions spanning numerous different industries. Of particular note, Las Vegas-based Jacob Bundick and Robert Herrington in Los Angeles are leading several consumer class actions arising from the impact of Covid-19 on international travel. In another ongoing case, Jeff Scott (also in Los Angeles) is defending Activision Publishing in putative class actions involving allegations of unjust enrichment. Another key member of the team is Gregory Ostfeld in Chicago, best known for his strong track record in appeals and class actions involving clients in heavily regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Scott

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Bundick; Robert Herrington; Gregory Ostfeld; Tiffany Fordyce; Michael Hogue

Key clients

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

The McClatchy Company; McClatchy Newspapers

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Seok Kang

Florida State University

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

Global Tel*Link

CBRE

Walmart Inc.

Samsung

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation in two class actions captioned, Helman et al v. Marriott International, Inc. et al and Lennen et al v. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. et al.
  • Acted for McClatchy Newspapers in securing the dismissal of all claims, including decertification of all classes, in disputes originally filed against the client in 2014.
  • Obtained a successful verdict in January 2020 for Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power against the inclusion of Amendment 18-10 on Florida’s November 2020 ballot.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s global litigation practice represents leading corporates in a range of cross-border disputes. The group is jointly led by Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Scott and Lori Cohen in Atlanta. Scott has particular experience in media, IP and contractual disputes, while Cohen stands out in the areas of healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical devices.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has experience in all segments of the power industry, covering generation, storage and distributed resources, transmission, and trading. Highlights from the past year have seen the team acting for major domestic and international energy companies in rate and rulemaking proceedings, as well as transmission and interconnection cases before FERC and various state regulators. William Garner in Houston and Kenneth Minesinger in Washington DC co-chair the energy and natural resources group. Gregory Lawrence splits his time between Boston and Washington DC, and has a strong background in market manipulation issues, fraud enforcement investigations and regulatory compliance work.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Other key lawyers:

Doreen Saia; Rabeha Kamaluddin; Gregory Lawrence; John DeTore

Key clients

Roscommon Analytics d/b/a Apogee Energy Trading (Apogee)

Enerwise Global Technologies d/b/a CPower

FirstEnergy Service Company

Shell Energy North America (US)

Entergy Corporation

NextEra Energy Resources

Helix Ravenswood and Eastern Generation

Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)

NextSun Energy

Exelon

Central Valley Natural Gas Storage

Work highlights

  • Developed and filed successful opposition to PJM Interconnection’s request to FERC to waive its default rules regarding the $250m GreenHat Energy financial transmission rights FTR portfolio extensive financial default.
  • Represented FirstEnergy Service Company before FERC in a number of matters, including the development of the capacity pay-for-performance mechanism, the capacity repricing mechanism and fast-start pricing rules.
  • Represented NECEC in a generic proceeding addressing all major issues associated with the interconnection of solar PV to the utility grid.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a broad client base of natural gas and oil pipelines, storage and LNG facilities, which it advises on a wide range of matters from pipeline rates and rulemaking, to corporate restructuring and commercial transactions. Practice co-chair Kenneth Minesinger and Howard Nelson are the key figures in the team. The duo recently represented the State of Alaska in a huge variety of matters relating to its efforts to develop a new LNG export facility. Also recommended is Rabeha Kamaluddin, who has experience in administrative litigation and FERC and state regulatory enforcement.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Petro Star, Inc.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

NGL Energy Partners

Gunvor USA LLC

The State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

Sheetz, Inc.

Apex Oil Company, Inc.

Dorado Transportation LLC

Calcasieu Refining Company

Work highlights

  • Representation of Petro Star in complex litigation at FERC regarding the Trans Alaska Pipeline (“TAPS”) and the implementation of the TAPS Quality Bank.
  • Representation of multiple clients, including Gunvor USA LLC, Pilot Travel Centers LLC, and Sheetz, Inc. in connection with filing a complaint at FERC against a major refined petroleum products pipeline (Colonial Pipeline).
  • Represent the State of Alaska and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in efforts to induce the construction of a major LNG export project.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's environmental and toxic tort litigation practice is adept at trying high-stakes cases, including those involving alleged soil, water and air pollution. On the civil litigation side, it acts for clients from the chemical, mining, manufacturing and other industrial sectors in mass torts, citizen suits and enforcement actions, demonstrating broad appellate capabilities and advising on the full array of environmental laws. The practice also has strong credentials in the government enforcement space. It is under the joint leadership of three partners: Philadelphia-based David Mandelbaum, a key contact for Superfund sites; David Weinstein, a seasoned trial lawyer who leads on environmental litigation work from Tampa; and Kerri Barsh, who is based in the Miami office.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Barsh; David Mandelbaum; David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bell; Francis Citera; Christopher Torres; Steven Russo; Christopher Neumann; Tim Swickard; Kaitlyn Maxwell

Key clients

Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Green Hills Memorial Park

Shopoff Realty Investments

Duke Energy Independent Monitor

FMC Corporation

PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority

Apex Oil Co.

National Foam, Inc.

Verizon

State of Dakota

Genesee & Wyoming

Orlando Utilities Commission

Lockheed Martin

Work highlights

  • Decertified a large putative class action brought against Mosaic Fertilizer.
  • Completed a five-year appointment as independent monitor overseeing Duke Energy’s compliance with a complex set of debarment and other agreements arising from Duke’s guilty plea to criminal misdemeanour violations of the Clean Water Act.
  • Represented Verizon in a multi-defendant enforcement action brought by the State of New Jersey.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's environmental law team acts for clients from key industry sectors, including real estate, mining, renewable energy and oil and gas, advising on a range of regulatory issues covering air, water, climate change and natural resources. Recent activity showcases the group's strength in environmental regulatory compliance, complex permitting issues and crisis response and management in jurisdictions across the country. Miami-based Kerri Barsh, who has expertise in wetlands and coastal permitting, enforcement cases and climate change matters, jointly leads the practice with David Mandelbaum in Philadelphia and David Weinstein in Tampa. Based in Houston, Christopher Bell is a key contact for emergency incident response, enforcement and investigations, as well as regulatory advocacy under all of the major environmental laws.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Barsh; David Mandelbaum; David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bell; Steven Russo

Key clients

Duke Energy Independent Monitor

SSBMT, LP

CEMEX Construction Materials Florida LLC

Empire State Development (ESD)

MTA Metro-North Railroad

Benjamin Moore & Co.

State of North Dakota

Teleflex Incorporated

Checkers and Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants and Related Group

Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association (M-DLPA) and CEMEX, Vulcan Materials Corp., Titan America, and White Rock Quarries

Work highlights

  • Completed five-year appointment as independent monitor overseeing Duke Energy’s compliance with a complex set of debarment and other agreements arising from Duke’s guilty plea to criminal misdemeanour violations of the Clean Water Act.
  • Represents Benjamin Moore & Co., a paint manufacturer, in connection with the Lower Passaic River Superfund Site.
  • Represents SSBMT, LP, a joint venture comprised of Red Hook Container Terminal and Industry City, in connection with the environmental and risk management elements of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Brooklyn, New York.

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

The trademark and brand management team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP is experienced in trademark prosecution, licensing, policing, and portfolio management. It also fields a deep bench of attorneys with experience in trademark litigation. In the Orange County office, Susan Heller serves as chair of the global trademark and brand management group, and provides comprehensive trademark support to notable celebrities and companies. Chicago-based Mark Galis co-chairs the global IP and technology practice, and focuses on patent and trademark portfolio management; and practice vice chair Joel Feldman in Atlanta is recommended for domestic and international brand management and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Susan Heller; Mark Galis; Joel Feldman

Key clients

United Parcel Service, Inc.

Jennifer Lopez

Katy Perry/Killer Queen, LLC

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Westbrook Inc.

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

Allegiant Travel Company

Shiseido Company, Ltd.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

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

The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is noted for acting as ‘true business partners‘ for its clients. Led by James Boudreau in Philadelphia and Naomi Beer in Denver, the group covers a wide range of employment litigation regarding topics including wage and hour issues, non-compete agreements, wrongful terminations, sexual harassment claims, and defamation litigation; key clients include Wendy’s and the Kellogg Company. Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Charles Thompson in San Francisco chair the firm’s class and collective action group. Jonathan Sulds is a noted New York-contact with a broad practice. Wendy Johnson Lario and Kristine Feher in New Jersey, Richard McCrea in Tampa, and Atlanta-based Natasha Wilson and John Richards are also involved practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Testimonials

‘The work under the direction of Charles Thompson is exceptional. Chuck Thompson is responsive and very knowledgeable on the rapidly changing California Labor Landscape.’

‘Charles Thompson: day or night he is available and able to provide direction, advice and content.’

‘The attorneys in GT’s L&E group strive to learn their clients’ business and be true business partners. As a client, I do not feel like these lawyers are simply attending to our legal work; rather, I feel they are invested in our business’ success. And, just because GT is a big firm does not mean it is just for big business. Although GT represents some of the largest companies in the world, GT’s approach to client service provides small businesses with the same expertise and attention.’

Key clients

Clean Harbors

Atlanta Public Schools

Marriott Ownership Resorts

The Wendy’s Company

CVS

Tenet Healthcare

Kellogg Company

TIAA

Univar Solutions

Survey Monkey

Work highlights

  • Represented Wendy’s in a nationwide putative class action asserting violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act stemming from allegations that certain Wendy’s restaurants discriminated against the visually impaired when they were only open for drive-thru service during late-night hours.
  • Successfully represented Bed Bath & Beyond in connection with the fluctuating work week methodology of calculating overtime pay.
  • Successfully represented Fulton County, Georgia, against a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of over 500 Fulton County Sheriff’s Office employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and breaches of contracts.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP has 'expert knowledge' of the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, and handles unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB, as well as training and compliance matters. The group's client portfolio includes union-free as well as unionized employers from a range of industries. New York's Jerrold Goldberg has more than 30 years of experience in the labor field, and Terence McCourt in Boston has knowledge of labor arbitrations, while Charles Birenbaum in San Francisco and Jonathan Sulds in New York are further key contacts for contentious labor matters. Naomi Beer in Denver and Philadelphia-based James Boudreau lead the firm's practice group.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Testimonials

‘Availability and response times are superior. Always willing to talk, analyze, consider and re-consider issues–whatever is needed. You do not wait, and you get A-plus counsel, dispensed efficiently and with grit and confidence. What should be a 3-minute conversation is just that, and no more. When longer analysis is needed, then that’s what you get.’

‘Expert knowledge of labor law. Quick research. Unparalleled availability and response times.’

‘Jerrold Goldberg has an in-depth knowledge of the NY labor laws and regulations and understands how to practically deal with various unions. His insight and guidance is key to navigating labor issues in complex transactions we work on in New York City.’

Key clients

Caesar’s Entertainment

Maximus Parkmerced

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP's employment group is noted for providing 'efficient advice and realistic assessments' to local and national US companies, and is well versed in workforce compliance matters, regulatory enforcement queries and conducting workplace trainings. Kelly Bunting in Philadelphia is a specialist in wage and hour and overtime matters, while Tiffany Fordyce in Chicago handles discrimination and retaliation claims, and Kristine Feher in New Jersey specialises in wrongful discharge and employment discrimination cases. Other names to note are Washington DC's Johnine BarnesJohn Richards in Atlanta and Justin Keith in Boston. The practice group is led by Naomi Beer in Denver and James Boudreau in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Testimonials

‘Efficient advice and realistic assessment of employee-relations matters. Acute understanding of the intersection of various laws.’

‘Bold advice that is not issued with unnecessary disclaimers or caveats. Will dig into, and soak in, all details as necessary. But on a simple matter, will dispense with it quickly and expertly, without delay or over-analysis or over-research. The right touches are given to the disparate legal issues. You get A-plus work product in an efficient manner along with unparalleled availability, response and turn-around times. What more can you ask for?’

Key clients

New York State Assembly

Open Blue

DITO

Complex Media

Maximus and Parkmerced

Safe Horizon

Capital Health

GTL

Zenni Optical

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP is active across the full life-cycle of a construction project, advising developers, owners, contractors and lenders on issues from initial conception and delivery planning, through to procurement and bidding, negotiation and drafting of contracts. The team also has capabilities in construction disputes. Names to note include Robert Epstein and David Jensen, who work between New Jersey and New York, and Michael Thomas in the Miami office.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has significant experience guiding property owners through myriad regulatory issues and site development strategies. Jay Segal and Nick Hockens are key contacts at a New York-based team, which regularly collaborates with its government law and policy teams. Deirdre Carson is another name to note, acting for developers, real estate investors and educational institutions.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP complements its market-leading dirt real estate practice with an experienced finance team, which is proficient in all manner of highly structured loan types, namely construction, development, bridge, mezzanine and securitized. The group also has experience advising on all major asset classes. A key differentiator for the team is its prowess in the sale, purchase and restructuring of mortgage and mezzanine loans secured against single assets and multiple property collateral pools. Chicago-based duo Corey Light and Michael Baum jointly chair the practice alongside Richard Giusto in Miami and Stephen Rabinowitz, a preferred equity specialist, who operates from New York. Farah Ahmed is also integral to the team, particularly in the negotiation of co-lender, intercreditor and participation relationships.

Practice head(s):

Corey Light; Michael Baum; Richard Giusto; Stephen Rabinowitz

Other key lawyers:

Farah Ahmed; Adam Goldstein

Key clients

Adler Group

American Finance Trust, Inc.

Canada Life

Cindat USA LLC

Core Spaces

Davidson Kemper

Denihan Hospitality Group

Footprint Power LLC

GFI Capital

Hope Street Capital

Podium Developer LLC

ShareMD

SL Green Realty Corp.

Square Mile Capital Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Representation of Square Mile Capital Management LLC in connection with its joint venture with Innovo Property Group in the construction financing totaling $305m for the development of a 1 million-square foot, two-story, Class A logistics and distribution facility at 2505 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY.
  • Advised long-time client GFI Capital on the acquisition of an additional 61% stake in the James Hotel from a partner, a private real estate investment fund, in a $110.5m deal.
  • Representation of developer in connection with the $180.3m construction financing of a mixed-use project located on two adjacent ground leased parcels in Brooklyn.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s litigators are ‘very creative thinkers when it comes to case strategy’ and are split across the country; each team member combines substantive law expertise with a core focus on appellate work in the federal court of appeal in their regions. The group’s combined expertise includes areas such as regulatory, IP, environmental, torts, product liability, administrative, and election law, to name a few. The department’s leadership is particularly distinguished; it is spearheaded by former New York State Court of Appeals Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (New York), former Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright (Austin), and the highly experienced Elliot Scherker (Miami).

Practice head(s):

Elliot Scherker; Dale Wainwright; Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Weddle; Barry Richard; Skip Watson; Dominic Draye; David Weinstein; Kendyl Hanks; Justin Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Very creative thinkers when it comes to case strategy.’

‘Excellent, service-oriented practice. Practitioners with deep experience and credentials, but without arrogance.’

‘Troy Eid has extensive governmental experience on which to base his advice. Tremendous intellect, but matched with sound judgment.’

‘Jennifer Weddle: outstanding legal intellect matched with terrific people skills; broad network of connections.’

‘The appellate team is very good in that they do not need supervision. They develop sound legal arguments and present solid drafts for review in a timely fashion.’

‘Dominic Draye and Matthew Hoxsie are a great team. They are trustworthy and thorough, providing great insight into the legal process.’

‘Their attorneys have a wide variety of experience, making them a one-stop shop for certain matters.’

‘Counsel was very knowledgeable and had a track record of successful outcomes in similar matters.’

Key clients

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

Chalker Energy Partners

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

Enterprise Products

McLane Company

EmCare

Children’s Rights

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Sok Kang

Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

Florida State University

Crow Tribe of Indians

Sandoz Inc. / Eon Labs, Inc.

ProjectCBD.com

Jefferies, LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Becton, Dickinson and Company and C. R. Bard in a case before the Supreme Court of Missouri.
  • Acted as lead appellate counsel to Chalker Energy Partners in defense of favorable summary judgment in an appeal alleging enforceable contract for purchase of oil and gas assets valued at $250m.
  • Scored a victory for Whole Foods Market Group in an appeal at the Second Circuit, achieving the dismissal of a putative consumer class action on summary judgment.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

Lori Cohen - Greenberg Traurig LLP Based in Atlanta, firm global vice chair Lori Cohen specializes in product liability litigation, mass torts and class actions involving healthcare and life sciences clients. In October 2020, she secured a major win in the Supreme Court of Missouri on behalf of defendant C.R. Bard/Beckton Dickson following a two-month pelvic mesh trial. Cohen's ongoing highlights include representing Teva in a catastrophic injury claim in Cook County, Illinois, relating to the company's propoxyphene medication.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Strengthened by a spate of recent hires, including Los Angeles-based energy-focused corporate partner April Kim, who joined in November 2019 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPGreenberg Traurig LLP's multi-disciplinary energy team is increasingly well positioned to resource a growing volume and range of development, finance and corporate work for developers, investors, operators and utilities. Los Angeles-based energy project finance team head Jeffrey Chester is regularly involved in renewables-related financing and development matters. He recently handled a raft of wind project sales for developer client Apex Clean Energy.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger; Jeffrey Chester

Other key lawyers:

Iskender Catto; Robert Downing; Nathan Limpert; Andrew Scher; April Kim; Alejandra Garcia Earley

Key clients

8minute Solar Energy

Sumitomo Corporation of America

Apex Clean Energy, LLC

BayWa r.e. Wind

Idemitsu Renewables (fka Solar Frontier)

New Jersey Resources

Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Fund (OGCI)

Summit Agricultural Group

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel for BayWa r.e. as developer, sponsor, and seller in all aspects of the construction, financing, and sale of the 250MW Amadeus Wind Project.
  • Advised the developer, Apex Clean Energy, on the sale of the 525MW Aviator Wind Project (the largest single-phase wind project within the Texas electrical grid) to Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure fund.
  • Assisted Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Fund with investment in the world’s first carbon-neutral ammonia plant to be located in Indiana and in the formation the UK’s largest carbon sequestration project, the Teesside Clean Gas Project.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s healthcare and FDA team provides regulatory advice to a variety of healthcare providers, and also provides transactional advice to private equity houses and other investor groups. It also has a strong focus on insurance regulation as it relates to the healthcare sector. The practice group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Nancy Taylor and David Peck in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Taylor focuses on ACA reimbursements and FDA regulation, while Peck is a name to note for growth companies and private equity investors in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cherniga; Tricia Asaro; Michael Malone; Joseph Coniglio

Key clients

Valir Health

New Mainstream Capital

Inform Diagnostics

Main Street Anaesthesia Consulting, Inc.

Vizient, Inc.

True Health Diagnostics, LLC

Anne Arundel Dermatology Management

Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants

Bow River Capital

U.S. Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Acting for clients in the areas of biotech, entertainment, fashion and retail, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has extensive experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and international arbitration forums. The team has a solid record in trademark infringement and dilution, and trade dress cases, and is also experienced in complex litigation relating to licensing. Susan Heller chairs the global trademark and brand management group and divides time between the Orange County and Los Angeles offices. In Chicago, global IP and tech practice co-chair Mark Galis deals with IP disputes in the e-commerce space; while Atlanta-based Joel Feldman serves as vice chair of the global trademark group, and has recently been involved in the resolution of IP disputes between clients and third parties.

Practice head(s):

Susan Heller; Mark Galis; Joel Feldman

Key clients

American Airlines, Inc.

Groupon, Inc.

Perry Ellis International

FUJIFILM North America Corporation

L.A. Gear, Inc.

Mars, Incorporated

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

E.S. Kluft and Company and Kluft IPCO, LLC

Kretek International

E.A. Sween Company

Advanced BioTech, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented American Airlines in connection with litigation filed against Delta Air Lines alleging infringement of American Airlines’s FLAGSHIP trademark.
  • Represented FUJIFILM North America in a declaratory judgment action it brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Polaroid seeking declaration of non-infringement with respect to the white border or form factor of instant film products.
  • Managed the worldwide trademark protection and enforcement efforts for Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s famous brands, including CAESARS PALACE, HARRAH’S, BALLY’S, HORSESHOE, WORLD SERIES OF POKER, and others.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has solid expertise in handling ERISA fiduciary compliance matters, defined benefit plan redesign and terminations, IRS and DOL audits, and group health plan design mandates. In Silicon Valley, Magan Ray has an established track record in acting as outside benefits counsel to Google, advising on the spectrum of employee benefits matters, deferred compensation strategies and all issues pertaining to health and welfare programs. Leslie Klein in Chicago and Jeffrey Mamorsky in New York jointly head the practice. Associate Stephanie Ahmad is another key contact in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

Leslie Klein; Jeffrey Mamorsky

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Twitter

Amazon

Snap

Nutanix

Intuit

Work highlights

  • Acts as long-serving outside ERISA counsel to Snap (owner of Snapchat, Spectacles, and Bitmoji), recently advising on benefit plan design options related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting as outside benefits counsel to Amazon, providing ongoing advice on the structuring of its on-site clinics.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s ERISA litigation practice co-heads are situated across the country, with James Bourdreau in Philadelphia, Naomi Beer in Denver, James Nelson in Sacramento and Jeffrey Mamorsky in New York. The group has notable strength in excessive fee litigation, and is regularly engaged by a diverse set of high-profile clients in single-plaintiff benefits disputes concerning disability benefits under ERISA. The firm’s sophisticated Fiduciary Audit Operational Review tool provides extensive risk management analysis support and advice on corrective measures. Former co-head Todd Wozniak departed for Holland & Knight LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer; James Nelson; Jeffrey Mamorsky

Key clients

Invesco Real Estate

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

Acting for an impressive list of emerging and established fintech service providers, exchanges and investors, Greenberg Traurig LLP has an active group with expertise across a wide range of financial instruments and payment types. This includes advice on the sourcing and integration of complex technologies and platforms. M&A, capital markets, venture capital, litigation and financial regulatory advice also feature in the group’s caseload. Key contacts in the team include Carl Fornaris in Miami, who is experienced in banking and securities, and Barbara Jones in Los Angeles, who is especially active in the blockchain and digital assets sector.

Practice head(s):

David Greenberg; Carl Fornaris; Barbara Jones

Key clients

The Beneficient Company Group, L.P.

Veritable Data Solutions, Inc.

Spring Labs, Inc.

Inversiones Consolidadas S.A.

Work highlights

  • Providing securities, financing and broker-dealer advice to The Beneficient Company Group, L.P., a financial products innovator offering liquidity instruments to high-net-worth clients and institutions.
  • Advising on development, structuring, and launch of first-of-its-kind blockchain app for use principally by notaries in verification of identity to prevent fraud in real estate and other transactions with lenders and other market participants.
  • Acting as lead counsel in Spring Labs, Inc.’s series A investment round which closed at $23m and in its term loan agreement, plus ongoing representations as general corporate counsel.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s New York-based tax controversy chair Barbara Kaplan maintains a versatile practice covering criminal tax representation, federal IRS audits and appeals, offshore disclosures and penalty abatement actions for corporates and individuals. Also recommended in New York is Scott Fink, who has expertise in SALT controversy. Names to note in the San Francisco office include Michelle Ferreira, Bradley Marsh, Courtney Hopley and associate Jennifer Vincent. The West Coast team represents prestigious private clients in civil proceedings, criminal tax investigations and voluntary disclosures. Sensitive matters arising from cross-state redomiciliation are also handled.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Forming a key component of the firm’s global energy and natural resources practice, which is co-headed by William Garner and Kenneth Minesinger out of its Houston and Washington DC offices, respectively, Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s oil and gas team is particularly accomplished at handling project development-related work, where its ability to advise on accompanying regulatory, environmental and real estate issues is a particular strength. LNG-related work accounts for a significant amount of the deal flow. In particular, Minesinger has continued to advise the State of Alaska and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on the proposed construction of a major LNG export project. Other work has included advice to major fossil fuel entities (as well as trade bodies) on energy transition projects.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Other key lawyers:

Francis (Frank) R. Bradley III; Ernesto Danache

Key clients

Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Fund

Texas LNG

Spot X Energy, LLC.

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Summit Agricultural Group

Woodfibre LNG

NGL Energy Partners

Schlumberger Holdings Corporation

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of Alaska and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in efforts to induce the construction of a major LNG export project. Alaska LNG would consist of an LNG export terminal, a natural gas treatment plant, and an 800-mile natural gas pipeline.
  • Represent Summit Agricultural Group in the acquisition of carbon dioxide from 10-20 ethanol plants in the Midwest, construction of compression and gathering lines, and construction of a several hundred-mile pipeline and enhanced oil recovery, and carbon sequestration in the Midwest.
  • Advise NGL Crude Logistics on regulatory and contractual issues associated with its capacity contracts on FERC-jurisdictional crude oil pipelines.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP is praised by clients for its 'super strong commercial sense', and for having 'all the resources needed' to handle complex transactions. The versatile team represents investors and emerging companies in the life sciences and technology sectors. Chinh Pham leads the practice group from Boston, with strong support from office colleagues Emily Ladd-Kravitz and Bradley Jacobson, who is active in the late-stage investment transactions. Also recommended are Trevor Chaplick in Washington DC; Barbara Jones in Los Angeles, who is a key contact for capital markets related matters; and Stanley Jacobs in Fort Lauderdale, whom clients rate for having 'always done an excellent job on matters small and large'.

Practice head(s):

Chinh Pham

Testimonials

‘GT has an excellent reputation and all the resources needed to represent you well in complex transactions. When needed, expertise in specific fields tends to be available at short notice. My primary contact is Stanley “Stash” Jacobs, who has always done an excellent job on matters small and large, including complex M&A & fund raising.’

‘Super strong commercial sense and ability to look at the legal situation from the perspective of the customer. Worked with numerous legal firms. Greenberg Traurig is by far the best in terms of quality. They are true partners. Excellent velocity. Highest possible quality.’

Key clients

Volvo Group Venture Capital

KTB Network Co., Ltd.

Smith Group plc/John Crane, Inc.

Veritable Data Solutions

Spring Labs, Inc.

Neurolixis, Inc.

Las Olas Venture Capital

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

OTB Ventures

IlluminOss Medical, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Las Olas Venture Capital as lead investor in a $5.8m seed financing in OneRail, a final mile delivery orchestration platform providing real-time visibility, actionable data, and data-driven optimization capabilities for its enterprise client.
  • Represented the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mt. Sinai) in the spinout of intellectual property to and in the formation of Trellus Health Limited (Trellus), a private corporation incorporated in England and Wales (Trellus).

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP focuses on company-side representations in the middle and upper-middle markets, with a core strength in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation. The team is now jointly led by Shari Heyen and David Kurzweil in Houston and Atlanta, respectively. They lead a diverse and growing group, which has expanded its national footprint with the hires of Peggy Hunt and Annette Jarvis from Dorsey & Whitney LLP in April 2020, and the hire of Kevin Walsh from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in October 2020. Walsh is based in Boston, while Hunt and Jarvis divide time between Salt Lake City and Denver.

Practice head(s):

Shari Heyen; David Kurzweil

Key clients

Alan Halperin as Liquidating Trustee of Senior Care Centers, LLC

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

American Addiction Centers Inc.

Long Hill at Rosewood LLC

Muji U.S.A. Limited

The Graham Companies

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Alpha Entertainment, LLC

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LifeCare Holdings

The Vanguard Group

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP advises public and private companies on a wide range of complex domestic and international M&A, with clients including notable financial services and insurance companies, alongside senior management teams. The firm also handles takeover defense proceedings. New York's Adel Aslani-Far is a key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Adel Aslani-Far

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s internationally focused tax group fields a nationwide network of tax experts, who act for funds and investment managers, and tax-exempt organizations in various transactional and planning mandates. The sizeable team is jointly led by Barbara Kaplan in New York, and Martin Kalb and William Siegel, both based in Miami. Kaplan is chiefly recognized for her tax litigation work; Kalb is recommended for estate planning; and Siegel is a name to note for commercial transactions in the real estate and entertainment sectors. Also recommended are Joel Maser in Fort Lauderdale, who represents investors and developers in real estate joint ventures, and Mindy Leathe in Miami, who advises companies and senior executives on compensation and employee benefits matters.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kaplan; William Siegel; Martin Kalb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The GT tax team is practical and keeps the business objectives at the forefront. They are creative and skilled at finding solutions.’

‘Lawrence H. Brenman and James Lang are top notch tax minds that can distill complicated tax matters to plain English.’

‘Sanford Presant works tirelessly to put the client’s objectives first and foremost. He has a very valuable combination of tax acumen and business sense. He truly does make every effort to help the client achieve their goals.’

‘The team has extensive experience dealing with international clients and understand the different aspects of cross-border estate planning.’

‘Erika Litvak is a brilliant lawyer, very detailed oriented, ethical, with a great level of professionalism. She is fluent in English and Spanish which facilitates the communication with many of our Latin American clients. She has a deep knowledge of the different aspects and implications of cross-border estate planning, and provides sound legal advice to guide our clients. It is a great experience to work with Erika because you can rely on the quality of her work.’

‘Greenberg tax practice is unique. They have a truly global and holist approach when it comes to understand client’s needs. They normally take the legal problem and turn it into a a value-added business solution. Greenberg’s approach helps the client to anticipate any tax problem, since they have a clear vision not only of the current applicable law but also where the policy and regulatory trend are heading to.’

‘Erika Litvak is a wonderful lawyer. She has provided sounded legal and tax advised to private clients and private banks in Colombias as no other attorney in Miami/Florida. What makes her different is her analytical ability to find practical, actionable solutions.’

Key clients

Round Room Live

German American Tampa Holdings, LLC

Bridge Investment Group, LLC

PTM Partners, Fund I and Fund II

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bridge Investment Group with the completion of the largest Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) merger since the QOF incentives became effective; the merger consolidated 21 separate QOFs.
  • Representing PTM Partners in the formation of Opportunity Zone Funds.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Greenberg Traurig LLP's longstanding commitment to Latin America comes in large part through its Miami office, where Robert Downing is constantly engaged in a range of renewables and hydrocarbon projects, FPSO contracts, energy trading matters and petrochemicals developments. The firm's sizeable Mexico City office is also well placed in the market to land big-ticket mandates, including power, renewables and oil and gas projects. It advised BP on the first midstream system in Mexico composed of two storage terminals (Veracruz and Hidalgo) linked by an oil products transportation pipeline. Erick Hernández Gallego and Fernando Orrantia Dworak are key names in Mexico City. Los Angeles' Jeffrey Chester, global co-head of energy project finance, has a lengthy history of advising on renewable energy projects in Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Iskender Catto; William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Key clients

BP Estaciones y Servicios Energéticos

KST Electric Power Company

CEIBO – Hudson Sustainable Group

Work highlights

  • Advised BP on the first midstream system in Mexico composed of two storage terminals (Veracruz and Hidalgo) linked by an oil products transportation pipeline.
  • Represented KST Electric Power Company in the refinancing for the operation of a 433MW strategic power generation project in Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Advised Hudson Sustainable Group on its inaugural green bond linked to a portfolio of six operating solar PV facilities in Uruguay.

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ian C. Ballon  photo Ian C. Ballon Co-Chair, Global IP & Technology Practice Group
Ellen Berkowitz photo Ellen BerkowitzShareholder
Jeffrey A. Chester  photo Jeffrey A. Chester Shareholder
Ashley Michelle Farrell Pickett  photo Ashley Michelle Farrell Pickett Shareholder
Gregory A. Fishman  photo Gregory A. Fishman Co-Managing Shareholder
Jordan D. Grotzinger  photo Jordan D. Grotzinger Shareholder
Susan L. Heller  photo Susan L. Heller Co-Managing Shareholder
Robert J. Herrington  photo Robert J. Herrington Shareholder
Mark D. Kemple  photo Mark D. Kemple Shareholder
Adil Mansoor Khan  photo Adil Mansoor Khan Shareholder
Jeff E. Scott  photo Jeff E. Scott Co-Managing Shareholder & Co-Chair of Global Litigation
Daniel J. Tyukody  photo Daniel J. Tyukody Shareholder
Number of lawyers : 2,300
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Chief Executive Officer : Brian L Duffy
Executive Chair : Richard A Rosenbaum
Other Offices : In addition to 30 offices in the US, the firm has offices in:
Other Offices : Amsterdam
Other Offices : Berlin
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Mexico City
Other Offices : Milan
Other Offices : Seoul
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Tel Aviv
Other Offices : Tokyo
Other Offices : Warsaw

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com

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

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

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

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