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29 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers

The international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, announced that 29 attorneys from its Phoenix office are named in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list released this week. In addition, three Phoenix attorneys are recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.” According to Best Lawyers®, only one attorney from each practice and metropolitan area is chosen. The Greenberg attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” are:

* Brian H. Blaney, Securities Regulation
* William R. DeHaan, Public Finance Law
* Bruce E. Macdonough, Securities/Capital Markets Law

For the seventh consecutive year, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is ranked No. 1 for having more attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America than any other law firm in the U.S. The 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America lists 348 Greenberg Traurig attorneys across the firm’s U.S. offices.
More than 60 percent of the attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office are included in the 2014 ranking.

The attorneys named to the Best Lawyers list and their first year listed are:

* Laurent Badoux (2014) Labor Law – Management
* Brian H. Blaney (2010) Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital Law
* Mary E. Bruno (2013) Employment Law – Management
* Rebecca Lynne Burnham (1999) Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
* Michael Cafiso (2007) Public Finance Law
* David D. Cleary (2012) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
* John E. Cummerford (2003) Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law
* Michelle A. De Blasi (2013) Energy Law, Environmental Law
* William R. DeHaan (2007) Public Finance Law
* Gerald L. Fellows (2005) Litigation – Patent, Patent Law
* Karl A. Freeburg (2013) Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law
* Harry J. Friedman (1999) Tax Law
* Stacey F. Gottlieb (2010) Criminal Defense: White-Collar
* Brigitte Finley Green (2007) Public Finance Law
* Jean E. Harris (2010) Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation
* Robert S. Kant (2003) Corporate Law
* Leslie A. Klein (2006) Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Chicago and Phoenix)
* Bruce E. Macdonough (2009) Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
* Kevin J. Morris (2012) Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
* James Nelson (2012) Employment Law – Management (Sacramento and Phoenix)
* Pamela M. Overton (2009) Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
* David M. Paltzik (2008) Real Estate Law
* Gil Rudolph (2003) Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
* Brian J. Schulman (2012) Litigation – Securities, Securities Regulation
* Paul F. Sefcovic (2013) Public Finance Law
* Lesa J. Storey (2003) Real Estate Law
* Jeffrey H. Verbin (1995) Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
* E. Jeffrey Walsh (2005) Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate
* Quinn P. Williams (1995) Corporate Law, Franchise Law, Venture Capital Law

According to the Best Lawyers website, the “Top Listed” designation is given to the firm that has the most listed lawyers in a particular location and practice area. The award is based exclusively on number of listed attorneys.

Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office is top-listed based on number of attorneys in the following states:

· Phoenix: Commercial Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Public Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital Law

Best Lawyers in America, compile the lists of attorneys by in-depth peer-review surveys where millions of lawyers can confidentially evaluate their peers. The 2014 Best Lawyers of America edition was accumulated with more than 4.3 million confidential evaluations provided from attorneys across the country. The publication’s lists are currently printed in 70 countries and have international exposure.

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8 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys make Chambers USA

The 2013 Chambers USA Guide includes eight attorneys from the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The Greenberg Traurig Phoenix attorneys recognized and their practice areas are:

Corporate/M&A: Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough and Quinn Williams
Environmental: Michelle A. De Blasi
Labor/Employment: Leslie A. Klein
Real Estate: Rebecca Lynne Burnham and Lesa J. Storey

Firm-wide, 186 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 33 practice areas are included in this prestigious ranking. Chambers and Partners, publisher of the annual guide, selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world.

“We are pleased that our Phoenix office and attorneys have, once again, been recognized by Chambers for their very extensive expertise and experience,” said Phoenix Co-Managing Shareholder John E. Cummerford. “This is a prestigious honor, particularly as it is based on feedback from peers and clients, and it reflects positively on the quality of our Arizona attorneys.”

The firm has received a number of awards from Chambers and Partners throughout the years, including the Chambers Global Awards 2007 USA Law Firm of the Year, five Chambers Awards for Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, the firm received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate during the Chambers and Partners USA 2013 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awards ceremony held last week in New York.

In the 2013 Chambers USA Nationwide rankings, Greenberg Traurig is recommended for client service in Capital Markets and REITs, and for commercial awareness in Environmental and Wealth Management law.

Pamela Overton Risoleo

31 Phoenix Greenberg Traurig attorneys earn honors

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP with 50 Arizona-based attorneys, has 22 attorneys on the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. In addition, the publication also named nine Greenberg Traurig attorneys as Southwest Rising Stars.

“We are extremely proud of this independent recognition by Super Lawyers,” said John E. Cummerford, a co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “The professionals included on this list are exceptional and truly deserving of this honor. I’m proud of the strength and local roots of our Phoenix office which is supported by our firm’s national resources and global reach.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters organization, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.

Six Greenberg Traurig attorneys were also recognized on the “Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers” list. They are: Brian H. Blaney, Rebecca L. Burnham, Robert S. Kant, Jeffrey H. Verbin, E. Jeffrey Walsh and Quinn P. Williams.

Three Greenberg Traurig attorneys were included in the Super Lawyers “Top 25 Arizona Women” list. They are: Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Stacey F. Gottlieb and Pamela Overton Risoleo.

More than 60 percent of the attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office are included in the 2013 ranking. The attorneys named Southwest Super Lawyers include: Gil Rudolph, Jeffrey H. Verbin (Banking), David D. Cleary (Bankruptcy), Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough, Quinn Williams (Corporate/Securities), Michelle De Blasi (Environmental), John E. Cummerford, Jerry Fellows, Frank G. Long (Intellectual Property), Laurent R. G. Badoux (Labor and Employment), Nicole M. Goodwin, Stacey F. Gottlieb, Pamela Overton Risoleo, Brian J. Schulman, Peter W. Sorensen, E. Jeffrey Walsh (Litigation), Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Kevin J. Morris, David M. Paltzik and Lesa J. Storey (Real Estate). Southwest Rising Stars include: Greenberg Traurig attorneys Michael L. Aguirre, Logan V. Miller, Katherine A. Swenson and Jeremy D. Zangara (Corporate/Securities), Kimberly A. Warshawsky (Intellectual Property), Dana L. Hooper, Nathan T. Mitchler, Laura Sixkiller and Tracy L. Weiss (Litigation.)

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

Pamela Overton Risoleo

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Honored

Pamela Overton Risoleo, a shareholder and co-chair of the Phoenix litigation practice of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, will be honored Feb. 23 by YWCA Maricopa County as its “2013 Tribute to Leadership – Community Service Corporate Leader.” Overton’s recognition is for her many years dedicated to philanthropic causes and for her passion for serving the Phoenix community including her pivotal role as co-founder of the nonprofit Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Established in 1992, the organization has supported a full-service women’s resource center serving more than 2,500 women in need each month in Phoenix.

In addition to decades of fundraising and leadership positions, Overton Risoleo also supports a broad range of philanthropic causes, having raised millions for Phoenix-based charities, including The American Heart Association, Liberty Wildlife and Trends Charitable Fund. In 2008, AZ Woman named her “Woman of the Year.” She is also an active fundraiser for the Phoenix Theatre and was recognized with the organization’s “Women Who Care” award in 2011.

“Not only has Pam been a leader and mentor for many within our Phoenix office, she has also served as a role model in serving the community,” said John E. Cummerford, Greenberg Traurig’s co-managing shareholder in Phoenix. “We are pleased and proud she is being recognized for her outstanding work.”

Overton Risoleo and 10 honorees in other leadership categories will be recognized at the YWCA Tribute to Leadership dinner event at the Phoenix Ritz-Carlton on Feb. 23. Others to be recognized include community leaders from PetSmart, Banner Health, Phoenix Theatre, Helios Education Foundation, Maricopa Medical Center, the U.S. Army Reserve, ONE Community Media, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation and the International Foundation for Education & Self-Help.

“To be recognized among this outstanding group is truly an honor,” said Overton Risoleo. “I continue to be inspired by those who make a difference, but even more so by those who are determined to make the most of what they have for themselves and their families. I will always assist and encourage those in need and challenge my colleagues, family and friends to do the same. The rewards are so much greater than the effort required.”

For the past 18 years YWCA Maricopa County, part of the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world, has been honoring individuals who strive to eliminate discrimination against women in the community. Community service leader honorees were selected in areas of nonprofit, corporate, education, creative arts, advocacy, health and science, military, sports and racial justice. For more information on YWCA Maricopa County and the Tribute to Leadership event, visit ywcaaz.org or call (602) 258-0990.

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Greenberg Traurig Named to ‘The BTI Client Service 30′

Greenberg Traurig Named to ‘The BTI Client Service 30′

PHOENIX (December 3, 2012) – International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced that the firm has been ranked in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2013 report. The firm joins “The BTI Client Service 30,” a list which makes up the 30 law firms who “perform five to 15 times better” out of the report’s 650 law firms serving large clients, according to its publisher, The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, MA).

“Our team in Phoenix prides itself on superior client service and this recognition is proof that our efforts have not gone unnoticed,” said John E. Cummerford, Greenberg Traurig’s managing shareholder in Phoenix. “We are proud to be included in this impressive, unbiased ranking.”

“Excellence in client service is at the core of who we are as a firm. We are humbled by our inclusion in BTI’s elite group of 30 law firms most recognized for such service,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue our commitment to client satisfaction and keeping the Greenberg Traurig name synonymous with unparalleled legal counsel. Our passion for the delivery of high quality legal services and real value has been the root of our ability to grow into a global leader while maintaining our relationships with clients throughout the U.S. A hearty thank you goes to those who believe and trust in us as clients and as legal professionals.”

The report ranks firms solely on objective, unbiased client feedback from more than 300 in-depth interviews with corporate counsel. According to BTI, “no law firms influence the results, submit nominations or provide client names. The research is independent and unbiased. The client—the most important judge of client service—solely decides which law firms are best at the 17 activities driving superior client relationships.”

Published in the report is following commentary from BTI: Greenberg Traurig’s commitment to client service led to honors in all 17 activities driving client relationships. What Corporate Counsel Say: Clients praise the quality of services offered by Greenberg Traurig, along with their focus on “getting to know our business.” Clients appreciate the firm’s “Willingness to partner with them to reduce outside legal cost,” and their “focus on making themselves cost effective.” Greenberg Traurig also receives praise for their global reach, with clients noting, “They can cover unusual physical locations.”

The firm is noted for appearing on the following lists in the report: Honor Roll of the Best; Anticipates the Client’s Needs; Breadth of Services; Brings Together National Resources; Client Focus; Commitment to Help; Deals with Unexpected Changes; Handles Problems; Helps Advise on Business Issues; Innovative Approach; Keeps Clients Informed; Legal Skills; Meets Core Scope; Provides Value for the Dollar; Quality Products; Regional Reputation; Understands the Client’s Business; and Unprompted Communication.

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Technology and the law

We all know how quickly technology is changing.

But how will changes in technology affect changes in the law?

As Arizona enters its second century, three Arizona attorneys weigh in on the legal changes they see coming as technology continues to rock our world.

Cheryl Walsh, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.: Just 107 years ago, the Wright Brothers flew a plane for the first time.  Who could have imagined then that we would have the technologically-rich world we have today?  With that in mind, we do have technological advancements in our midst today that are ripe for challenge and examination. For instance, access to information and data as a result of technology can increase safety and efficiency of  law enforcement substantially; however, privacy and personal rights must be balanced in the process. The Supreme Court will be tackling this issue in the current session by considering the admissibility of GPS tracking device information obtained without a warrant. Cameras are everywhere and soon we will enter our homes and businesses with eye recognition technology that will make the individuality of fingerprinting more obsolete than ever.  Protecting our rights while advancing our civilization is a delicate balance.

Yu Cai, associate in Polsinelli Shughart’s science and technology practice group: Intellectual property development and protection will become an essential part of any business plan. Particular attention must be paid to the recent change in patent law from “first to invent” to “first to file,” requiring earlier interaction and involvement between inventors and their legal representatives.

John E. Cummerford, co-managing shareholder, Greenberg Traurig: Until fairly recently, “privacy” — as we think of it today — was a rare commodity. The word “privacy” doesn’t even appear the Constitution, no doubt because it was so uncommon when the Constitution was drafted. Technology has sharply reduced — and in my view, will soon eliminate — the whole notion of personal privacy.  Naturally, this will cause a lot of worry and fear.  But, when nobody’s privacy is safe, how will that affect our own inclination to invade the privacy of others?  I think it will cause people to actually become more respectful of others, and will — for lack of a better term — cause them to avert their eyes.

That is, will the muck-raking reporter who makes a living ferreting out scandals and embarrassing others really want someone to find out, say, his own bank balance, or what websites he has visited, or with whom he has been keeping company and put that information on the web?  Probably not, although that information may be readily available.  And so, I think that recognition that we are all vulnerable to invasions of privacy will foster more civility and I dare say more kindness among people.  And that will be a good thing indeed.