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Greenberg Traurig Names New Co-Chair

Les Klein, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Benefits and Compensation Group. Klein, with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, is joined by Co-Chair Jeffrey Mamorsky from the firm’s New York office.

“This recognition is well deserved,” said John Cummerford, co-managing shareholder of the law firm’s Phoenix office. “Les is well known and respected nationally for his employee benefits and executive compensation experience, and his appointment to Co-Chair of the Global Benefits and Compensation Group gives the Phoenix office a unique perspective and ability to explore unmet needs in our local business community. His proven ability to creatively tackle new regulatory challenges and identify new employer trends aligns well with our business objective of providing the very best client service to all our clients.”

Klein has more than three decades of experience advising public and private companies, non-for-profit corporations, fiduciaries and executives involving various employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Klein is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Illinois. Klein earned his J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a B.S., in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Having had the privilege of serving for many years as Co-Chair of our Global Benefits and Compensation Group, I thought it was time for me to step down and allow for some new blood to be introduced into that role,” said Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Steve Lapidus. “I could not be more pleased to announce that Les Klein has agreed to take on that responsibility, and will serve as Co-Chair with Jeff Mamorsky in my stead effective immediately. I know that Les has the confidence and support of all in our group and that makes

Williams named 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star

A shareholder at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Phoenix office has been recognized for his commitment to client service in the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2014 report.

Greenberg Traurig Phoenix shareholder Quinn Williams has represented public and private corporations, entrepreneurs and investment funds for more than 20 years.

“Greenberg Traurig is proud of Quinn’s well-deserved recognition as a ‘client all-star,’” said Phoenix Co-Managing Shareholder John Cummerford. “His commitment to delivering the highest level of client service has been recognized and appreciated by many throughout his outstanding legal career.”

In addition to Williams, Greenberg Traurig shareholders Ernest LaMont Greer and Donald Stein are also listed as BTI Client Service All-Stars:

· Greer is a Vice President of the firm and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta office. His practice consists of the representation of clients in various complex litigation matters.
· Stein, a Washington D.C. Shareholder, represents clients involved in federal regulatory issues, specifically U.S. Customs law and trade policy.

“Quality legal counsel and client service is at the core of who we are as a firm. We congratulate Ernest, Don and Quinn on their inclusion in BTI’s elite group of Service All-Stars,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to have Greenberg Traurig attorneys recognized for their diligence in embracing and recognizing client needs and achieving their goals as trusted partners and advisors.”

According to BTI, attorneys cannot lobby to be added to the list, self-submit nominations or provide corporate counsel names to be interviewed. The only way to become a BTI Client Service All-Star is for corporate counsel to single out an attorney for a client service performance exceeding all others. BTI conducted more than 300 individual interviews with corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 and large organizations to complete this report. The report lists 330 attorneys from 187 firms.

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Greenberg Traurig Named ‘Law Firm of the Year’

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of Best Law Firms in two categories: Government Relations and Litigation-Real Estate. According to U.S. News and Best Lawyers, only one law firm is given the “Law Firm of the Year” designation in each of the 87 practice areas ranked nationally in the guide. In Arizona, Greenberg Traurig is the only firm with a first-tier ranking in equipment finance law.

In addition to the most overall first-tier rankings in the United States and most overall first-tier metropolitan rankings, Greenberg Traurig was also ranked in the following categories:
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Government Relations Practice
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Litigation – Real Estate
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Real Estate

“We are honored to have been selected for this national recognition,” said John Cummerford, Greenberg Traurig’s co-managing shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office. “This award recognizes the skill and dedication to client service of the professionals in our practice.”

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Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year'

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of Best Law Firms in two categories: Government Relations and Litigation-Real Estate. According to U.S. News and Best Lawyers, only one law firm is given the “Law Firm of the Year” designation in each of the 87 practice areas ranked nationally in the guide. In Arizona, Greenberg Traurig is the only firm with a first-tier ranking in equipment finance law.

In addition to the most overall first-tier rankings in the United States and most overall first-tier metropolitan rankings, Greenberg Traurig was also ranked in the following categories:
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Government Relations Practice
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Litigation – Real Estate
·         Most first-tier rankings in the United States in Real Estate

“We are honored to have been selected for this national recognition,” said John Cummerford, Greenberg Traurig’s co-managing shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office. “This award recognizes the skill and dedication to client service of the professionals in our practice.”

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Greenberg Traurig among 'Best Corporate Law Firms’

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, with more than 50 Arizona-based attorneys, has been named one of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms by Corporate Board Member, an NYSE Euronext company, and global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc. in their annual survey of directors and general counsel of publicly-traded companies. The award was presented Tuesday as part of Corporate Board Member’s 6th Annual Legal Recognition Dinner in New York.

“We are very grateful for this honor,” said John Cummerford, a co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “This is especially noteworthy since this recognition comes from our peers in the industry – general counsel of public companies – and reflects the respect our firm has earned worldwide.”

Each year, Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting team up to conduct research to reveal those law firms that directors and general counsels believe to be the most respected legal counsel nationwide. This year, Greenberg Traurig is included on the 2013 Top 25 National Law Firm General Counsel’s Rankings list.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys represent both public and privately-held clients in a wide range of industries and in transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, public and private offerings of securities, as well as litigation, real estate, intellectual property, tax and other matters.

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Greenberg Traurig among ‘Best Corporate Law Firms’

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, with more than 50 Arizona-based attorneys, has been named one of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms by Corporate Board Member, an NYSE Euronext company, and global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc. in their annual survey of directors and general counsel of publicly-traded companies. The award was presented Tuesday as part of Corporate Board Member’s 6th Annual Legal Recognition Dinner in New York.

“We are very grateful for this honor,” said John Cummerford, a co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “This is especially noteworthy since this recognition comes from our peers in the industry – general counsel of public companies – and reflects the respect our firm has earned worldwide.”

Each year, Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting team up to conduct research to reveal those law firms that directors and general counsels believe to be the most respected legal counsel nationwide. This year, Greenberg Traurig is included on the 2013 Top 25 National Law Firm General Counsel’s Rankings list.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys represent both public and privately-held clients in a wide range of industries and in transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, public and private offerings of securities, as well as litigation, real estate, intellectual property, tax and other matters.

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Greenberg Traurig Attorney will Teach Trademarks Law at ASU

Frank G. Long, an Of Counsel in the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will serve as a Faculty Associate at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he will return to teach the course in Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law.

The course curriculum focuses on the specific principles and practice of protecting trade identity under U.S. trademark and unfair competition laws. Long, who works on transactions and litigation involving intellectual property rights law and e-commerce, enjoys the opportunity to share his gained knowledge with students as they are beginning their legal careers.

“Greenberg Traurig encourages its attorneys to become involved in the community, and we are proud that Frank has consistently directed his experience and legal skills towards educating Arizona’s future lawyers,” said John Cummerford, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office.

Long, Of Counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology group, is an active member of the legal and civic community in Phoenix. He advises clients in matters related to trademarks, trade dress, false advertising, copyright, cybersquatting and trade secrets. Long assists clients with the development of strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights and trademarks. He has a wide range of experience in the management of worldwide intellectual property rights, as well as transactions involving merchandising and licensing agreements for intellectual property rights and transfers of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and domain names. In addition to his law practice, Long serves as Vice President of the Arizona State Parks Foundation, where he is a charter member of the Board of Directors.