Greenberg Traurig’s Richard D. Harris and Barry R. Horwitz Receive ‘Excellence in Pro Bono’ Award

Posted in Awards & Recognition, Pro Bono

Richard D. Harris and Barry R. Horwitz, shareholders at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, received the “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, at the 18th Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Awards on May 24 in Chicago.

The award honors attorneys for their contributions in helping people most in need of assistance before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Harris and Horwitz were nominated by both Judge Joan B. Gottschall and Judge Thomas M. Durkin for their exceptional pro bono work on behalf of their client, Julian Nettles–Bey, in the case of Nettles-Bey v. Village of South Hollandet al., Case No. 11 C 8022. Nettles-Bey, a motivational speaker who works with minority children, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass by the Village of South Holland Police Department. He was tried by county prosecutors for what Nettles-Bey claimed was their belief that he was part of the Moorish Science Temple. His Complaint alleged that the Village and its police officers were pursuing the Temple as a criminal organization involved with mortgage fraud and real estate conversion throughout the country. Nettles-Bey’s Complaint also alleged that he was singled out and prosecuted, due to the officers’ false belief that his hyphenated “Bey” name, amongst other issues, implicated his involvement with the Moorish Science Temple.

In winning this award, Harris and Horwitz underscored the importance of representing the indigent and oppressed – notably, in a legal area far afield from their intellectual property practice.

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Atlanta Connected: Join Us At the Top

Posted in Events, Networking, Professional Development

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The GT Atlanta Associates Committee hosted a networking event, “Atlanta Connected: Join Us At The Top,” which attracted over 100 clients and business contacts.  Legal careers are advanced with GT’s commitment to associate professional development.  Click here to learn more about legal careers at Greenberg Traurig.

Summer Associates Say

Posted in Career Advice, Culture, General, Summer Alum Perspectives

See what our 2016 summer associates had to say below when asked, “How would you describe GT to other law students?”.

“I would describe Greenberg as a place where you don’t feel like a law student, you feel like an attorney. The firm is special, in that the typical firm hierarchy is replaced with a feeling of continuity from the partners to the associates. This allows for the associates to succeed through hard work and taking advantage of all the opportunities that the firm provides. Furthermore, starting a new job can be a daunting experience, but Greenberg has a fantastic support staff and mentor program that sets up its associates for success from day one.” – Alexander Iparraguirre, University of Florida, Class of 2017

“For me, GT is a law firm that is invested in honing the skills of its young attorneys by providing training and mentorship experiences as well as opportunities to work on substantive projects. GT also focuses on training associates in the skills required to provide quality services for clients, who are looking for attorneys with more than just legal advice but also an understanding of how their business works.” – Stephanie Jimenez, Harvard Law School, Class of 2017

“At first I wasn’t sure how I would like working at a big law firm, but Greenberg Traurig quickly eased my skepticism. The smaller office environment in the LA office provided unique mentorship opportunities, and gave me the chance to work on substantive projects with both associates and partners. – Sarah Brenner, University of Michigan, Class of 2017

“The best part about working at GT this summer was the sense that I got that I was actually a valued member of the GT team. What I mean is that as opposed to some other firms where I’ve heard summers and even new associates are spoon fed assignments or kept to a very specific track (i.e. 1st years can only do these tasks, 2nd years can only do these tasks, etc.), what I really liked about GT was the sense I got that once you’re here, the only limit to what you can do is yourself.” – Mark Sanchez, New York University, Class of 2017

“One of my most meaningful experiences this summer was contributing to GT’s pro bono efforts as a volunteer for the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP).  Applying skills I had learned in law school and developed over the summer to provide direct assistance to a victim of domestic violence was extremely rewarding.” – Erica Berman, University of Michigan, Class of 2017

 

2016 First Year Associate Success Skills Orientation

Posted in Professional Development

Greenberg Traurig welcomed 53 entry level associates this fall.  Offices across the U.S. are currently hosting a series of training programs as part of our First Year Associate Success Skills Orientation.   Session topics include mentoring, assignments, timekeeping, legal writing, pro bono, and more.  To learn more about associate development at Greenberg Traurig, please click here.

 

Closing the Deal

Posted in Professional Development, Summer Associate Program, Uncategorized

GT summer associates across the U.S. participate in a national corporate mock transaction throughout the summer associate program.  The summer associates are divided in two teams; buyers and sellers.  During the mock deal, the summer associates learn how to navigate a transaction from the beginning of diligence to closing. 

GT Orange County summer associates shaking hands during their mock transaction closing.

GT Orange County summer associates shaking hands during their mock transaction closing.

 

Frost Science Tour

Posted in Events, Summer Associate Program, Uncategorized

 

Hard hat tour of the Frost Science.

Hard hat tour of the Frost Science.

GT Miami summer associates attended a hard hat tour of the new Frost Science construction site this summer.  The tour was led by Dr. Eldredge “Biff” Bermingham, Chief Science Officer of the Frost Science.  Click here, to learn more about Frost Science.

 

 

GT Summer Associates Visit the Parks!

Posted in Culture, Events, Summer Associate Program

This summer, Los Angeles summer associates visited Universal Studios Hollywood and Miami summer associates visited EPCOT Orlando.

 

GT Los Angeles summer associates at Universal Studios Hollywood.

GT Los Angeles summer associates at Universal Studios Hollywood.

GT Miami Summer Associates at EPCOT Orlando.

GT Miami Summer Associates at EPCOT Orlando.

Greenberg Traurig Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation Announces Class of 2016

Posted in General, Pro Bono

Eight new public interest fellows will begin their two-year term in September in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  To learn more about the GT 2016 fellowship class, please click here.  To view a complete list of the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellows, please click here

 

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