Greenberg Traurig Receives Most Overall First-Tier Rankings in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firm’ Listings

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Greenberg Traurig receives most overall first-tier rankings.

For the second consecutive year, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the most overall first-tier rankings and the most first-tier metropolitan rankings for the United States in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® 2013 "Best Law Firms" rankings released today. The firm is also one of the top 20 firms with the most first-tier national rankings and is tied for the most practice areas with first-tier rankings in the United States.

The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of experience, according to the publication. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas.

One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in 79 of the nationally ranked practice areas. Greenberg Traurig was selected as the 2013 "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation - Bankruptcy.

The mission of “Best Law Firms” is to help guide referring lawyers and clients — from the country’s largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues.

The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands Nov. 20, 2012. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The Greenberg Traurig rankings are posted online at:

In the 2013 Best Lawyers in America peer-review directory, published by Best Lawyers®, Greenberg Traurig had, for the sixth consecutive year, the most attorneys listed, as well as 22 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and metropolitan regions.

Below is a summary of the firm’s first-tier rankings in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® 2013 “Best Law Firms” publication.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyers of the Year” and their respective location and practice area are:

  •     Cesar L. Alvarez, International Trade and Finance Law, Miami
  •     Ian C. Ballon, Information Technology Law, Los Angeles
  •     Kerri L. Barsh, Litigation - Environmental, Miami
  •     Hilarie Bass, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Miami
  •     Mark F. Bideau, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, West Palm Beach
  •     Burt Bruton, Litigation - Real Estate, Miami
  •     Juan Pablo Cappello, Derivatives and Futures Law, Miami
  •     Lucia A. Dougherty, Land Use & Zoning Law, Miami
  •     Gary M. Epstein, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Miami
  •     Robert C. Gang, Public Finance Law, Miami
  •     Clifton R. Jessup, Jr., Litigation - Bankruptcy, Dallas
  •     Bradford D. Kaufman, Securities / Capital Markets Law, West Palm Beach
  •     Joel D. Maser, Tax Law, Orlando
  •     James D. Masterman, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Boston
  •     Richard C. McCrea, Jr., Employment Law - Management, Tampa
  •     Robert R. McDonald, Real Estate Law, Tallahassee
  •     Barry Richard, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Tallahassee
  •     Gil Rudolph, Financial Services Regulation Law, Phoenix
  •     Michael J. Sullivan, Real Estate Law, Orlando
  •     Mark G. Tratos, Trademark Law, Las Vegas
  •     Bruce H. White, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and

Reorganization Law, Dallas

  •     Peter W. Zinober, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Tampa

Greenberg Traurig received the most first-tier rankings in the U.S. in the following practice areas:

  •     Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  •     Commercial Litigation
  •     Criminal Defense: White-Collar Governmental Investigations
  •     Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation
  •     Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television
  •     Government Relations Practice
  •     Immigration Law
  •     Litigation - Bankruptcy
  •     Litigation - Construction
  •     Litigation - Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  •     Litigation – Environmental
  •     Litigation – Real Estate
  •     Real Estate Law
  •     Tax Law
  •     Transportation Law

Greenberg Traurig has a national first-tier ranking in the following practice areas:

  •     Appellate Practice
  •     Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  •     Commercial Litigation
  •     Construction Law
  •     Corporate Law
  •     Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  •     Employment Law - Management
  •     Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television
  •     Entertainment Law - Music
  •     Environmental Law
  •     Equipment Finance Law
  •     Immigration Law
  •     Information Technology Law
  •     International Trade and Finance Law
  •     Labor Law - Management
  •     Land Use & Zoning Law
  •     Litigation - Banking & Finance
  •     Litigation - Bankruptcy
  •     Litigation - Construction
  •     Litigation - Environmental
  •     Litigation - ERISA
  •     Litigation - Intellectual Property
  •     Litigation - Labor & Employment
  •     Litigation - Real Estate
  •     Litigation - Securities
  •     Litigation - Tax
  •     Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  •     Native American Law
  •     Natural Resources Law
  •     Oil & Gas Law
  •     Patent Law
  •     Public Finance Law
  •     Real Estate Law
  •     Securities/Capital Markets Law
  •     Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  •     Tax Law
  •     Trademark Law
  •     Transportation Law

In addition to the first-tier rankings, the firm also ranked in the following practice areas:

  •     Advertising Law
  •     Banking and Finance Law
  •     Copyright Law
  •     Derivatives and Futures Law
  •     Energy Law
  •     Financial Services Regulation Law
  •     Health Care Law
  •     Insurance Law
  •     International Arbitration - Commercial
  •     Litigation – Antitrust
  •     Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
  •     Litigation – Patent
  •     Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  •     Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  •     Railroad Law
  •     Securities Regulation
  •     Technology Law
  •     Trusts & Estates Law
  •     Venture Capital Law

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit

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