Our Miami Summer Associates, Hiring Shareholders, Associates, and Recruiting team enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday weekend festivities on Duvall Street in sunny Key West, Florida.
Pictured below left to right, attending the Beverly Hills Bar Association 63rd Annual Supreme Court Luncheon, are: Assistant Presiding Justice Kevin Brazile, Mathew Demartini (GT Summer), Layal Bishra (GT Summer), Judge Rupert Byrdsong of the LA County Superior Court, and Kelsey Sherman (GT Summer).
Chicago office summer associates participated in a Mock Settlement Conference organized by Greenberg Traurig Litigation shareholders Paul Ferak and Paul Del Aguila and mediated by Justice Michael Gallagher.
“Hotdog Enterprises,” a mock restaurant chain filed suit against Tri-Chem, a hypothetical product manufacturer, after Hotdog Enterprises’ buildings began falling apart. The negotiations between Hotdog Enterprises and Tri-Chem were engaging and sometimes heated, but with the Justice’s guidance, the parties came to an agreement without having to offer free hotdogs for life! Justice Gallagher served as an Illinois Circuit Court Judge in Chicago for eight years. He presided over hundreds of bench and jury trials. He was then elected to the Illinois Appellate Court, where he served as a Justice in the First Division for 15 years. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Court and was on the mediation committee. He currently owns his own company, serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association as well as consulting on appeals.
The Greenberg Traurig Holly Skolnick Fellowship Foundation has named eight new public interest fellows in partnership with Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization that provides 2-year fellowships to aspiring public interest lawyers. The eight new fellows join the eight current Greenberg Traurig-sponsored fellows who are entering the final year of their fellowships. The new fellows begin their work at a wide range of community organizations in September in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
“Greenberg Traurig is proud to provide longstanding support for Equal Justice Works and we are excited for our fellows’ future as they help address the legal needs of underserved low-income communities. It’s humbling to be involved with such a strong organization as we provide unparalleled opportunities to new lawyers who are interested in a wide-range of public service law,” said Caroline J. Heller, shareholder and chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Pro Bono Program.
Greenberg Traurig is very excited to welcome our 2017 Summer Associate Class. This diverse group of highly accomplished people features 46 students from 26 top law schools throughout the United States.
Throughout the summer they’ll have the opportunity to participate in legal training programs, receive assignments from multiple practice areas and join attorneys at client meetings. The program also includes social events, a wide variety of fun activities and opportunities to do pro bono and charity work within the communities.
Welcome 2017 Summer Associates to the GT family!
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 Holland, et 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.
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.
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
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.
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder, David Mandelbaum, recently blogged about steps for junior environmental lawyers to take for success. Click here for an insightful read for all junior lawyers.