Greenberg Traurig Sponsors Advocates for Children of New York Spring Benefit

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Greenberg Traurig Sponsors Advocates for Children of New York Spring Benefit

The international law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, was a graduate sponsor of the 2013 Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) spring benefit on May 15 at Three Sixty◦ in Tribeca.

John J. Mack, former CEO and Chairman of Morgan Stanley and Chairman of the Board of New York-Presbyterian Hospital was honored with the 2013 Jill Chaifetz Award. Recipient of the Education Champion award was Ziograin Correa Jr., a New York City student and AFC client.

“We are very pleased to partner with Morgan Stanley and the other sponsors to raise funds for AFC,” said William Briendel, a shareholder in the Litigation Practice of Greenberg Traurig’s New York and White Plains offices and co-chair of AFC’s benefit committee. “Our firm and attorneys are dedicated to helping those who need it most and we are happy to continue our efforts to support the efforts of AFC.”

According to AFC, their mission is to “promote access to the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.” Greenberg Traurig and its attorneys support AFC through active leadership roles, taking on pro bono matters and making monetary contributions.

“Greenberg Traurig has fostered a culture of giving back and we are honored to work with AFC, an organization that helps low-income New York City children access quality education,” said Caroline J. Heller, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s New York office and the New York Litigation Pro Bono Coordinator.

Heller is on AFC’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board’s Pro Bono Committee. She has worked with AFC as a pro bono attorney for nearly seven years and litigated dozens of cases on behalf on their low-income clients from the administrative level to the federal court. Heller was honored by AFC for her pro bono efforts in 2010. Heller’s representations have helped families obtain appropriate education for children with autism, learning disabilities, selective mutism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances. She has also worked with AFC to identify pro bono cases for other Greenberg Traurig attorneys.

Greenberg Traurig – Pro Bono Initiative
GT lawyers from across the firm regularly help the people in their communities on matters as wide-reaching as human rights and economic development and as personal as domestic violence, children’s issues and immigration. Our attorneys dedicate their time and talents to providing volunteer legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. Along with those areas mentioned above, our attorneys also do pro bono work focusing on civil rights and affirmative action, custody and visitation, guardianship, criminal appeals, immigration/political asylum, housing and homelessness, and health care.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 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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