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Quarles & Brady Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson

Quarles & Brady Named to Law360 Ceiling Smashers List

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that it has been included in the Law360 inaugural class of Ceiling Smashers, the 25 U.S.-based law firms out of nearly 400 surveyed that have the highest percentage of female partners. The firm was also noted as being one of seven “biglaw” firms with a woman chair.

According to the Glass Ceiling Report, based on a survey of more than 380 law firms, women make up 43 percent on nonpartner ranks at U.S. law firms, but only 21 percent of partnerships are composed of women. At Quarles & Brady, 29.5 percent of the partners are women, placing the firm well above the national average. Further, Quarles is one of only six firms on the list with more than 450 attorneys in its ranks, placing it among the top 10 firms with the most women partners in raw numbers.

“Diversity was a core value at Quarles well before it became an industry imperative,” says Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We are part of the Ceiling Smashers because inclusiveness is culturally engrained in the firm’s DNA, not because we arbitrarily promoted women to hit some sort of target.”

Quarles & Brady years ago adopted family-friendly work policies, such as flex-time partnership opportunities and phased return-to-work schedules for mothers following maternity leave, as well as establishing a Woman’s Forum to ensure unobstructed paths to professional success for all women. The firm similarly has developed programs designed to help law students and attorneys of color overcome barriers to upward mobility.

“It’s no coincidence that we are the only large law firm in the country to have had an African-American chairman, immediately followed by a chairwoman, and that half of our offices are led by diverse managing partners,” adds Johnson. “We hire based on ability and organizational fit, regardless of diversity status, but we’re an enthusiastically inclusive business, dedicated to seeing every attorney succeed, so we expect our woman partners and leaders to increase in number, year-in and year-out.”

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Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice earns honor

The Real Estate Practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has been selected as a Real Estate Practice Group of the Year by Law360, a legal news service.  The group, with more than 200 real estate practitioners spanning 35 offices, was also bestowed with this honor in 2011.

“It is gratifying to receive this national recognition of our Real Estate Practice again this year,” said Rebecca Burnham, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig. “We are proud of our collaborative efforts and that our highly-skilled client service continues to be recognized.”

The depth and breadth of the firm’s real estate practice platform is far reaching and enables the  representation of clients in a wide range of real estate law matters, including: acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, entity structuring, recapitalization, debt purchases, lender finance, capital market transactions, land use, commercial leasing, environmental, and cross-border transactions within virtually every property investment sector including office, mixed-use, retail, industrial, commercial and residential condominium developments, multi-family, affordable housing, and hospitality and debt.
“This honor reflects that the Phoenix office and our Real Estate Practice is a leader and on the radar from a national perspective,” said Jeff Verbin, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig. “Our clients will continue to be served well with our vast real estate expertise.”

“This outstanding achievement reflects an enormous team effort,” stated Robert J. Ivanhoe, chair of the Global Real Estate Practice.  “In 2012 the team was instrumental in some of the largest commercial transactions across many regions, which is a testament to our hard work, collaborative environment and intense dedication to our clients.”

Corey E. Light, co-chair of the Global Real Estate Practice said, “We have built an exceptional team of first-rate attorneys and it is an honor to be recognized as a leader in the industry. All of our clients are served by exceptional attorneys that provide a full range of solutions to complex real estate legal issues that affect their businesses.”

The editors of Law360 reviewed the nearly 550 entries that were submitted by almost 100 law firms. The judges selected 109 practice groups from 54 firms to be designated as Practice Groups of the Year. Winners were selected based on the significance of the litigation wins or deals worked on; the size and complexity of the litigation wins or deals worked on; and the number of significant, large or complex deals the group worked on or lawsuits the group won between Nov. 1, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2012.