Greenberg Traurig Adds Team from Morgan Stanley to its Securities Litigation Practice

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Bruce Lewitas and Gregory B. Simon have joined the Chicago office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as shareholders in the Securities Litigation Practice.

Bruce Lewitas and Gregory B. Simon have joined the Chicago office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as shareholders in the Securities Litigation Practice. Both join the firm from Morgan Stanley.

Lewitas, who was an executive director and unit-head of Morgan Stanley’s Midwest Client Litigation Department, represents major broker-dealers, their officers and employees in FINRA arbitrations, state and federal litigation matters, and regulatory proceedings pursued by the SEC, FINRA, and various states. He is a former senior attorney in the SEC Division of Enforcement.

Simon, who was a vice president at Morgan Stanley, focuses his practice on a variety of financial services industry litigation and regulatory matters.

Both Lewitas and Simon have substantial experience representing clients in sales practice and employment-related litigation and arbitration proceedings involving a variety of claims, such as breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, defamation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and violation of various federal and state laws and industry regulations. In addition, they have handled numerous complex investigations and disciplinary proceedings initiated by the SEC, FINRA, and various state regulators.

“I have known Bruce and Greg for a number of years and am delighted that they have joined us,” said Bradford D. Kaufman, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Securities Litigation Group. “We look forward to combining their top-notch skills with those of the attorneys in our national Securities Litigation Practice.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Bruce and Greg to our Chicago office,” said John F. Gibbons, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office. “Their experience will be an asset to our top-flight Securities Litigation Group, our firm, and the Chicago office.”

Lewitas earned his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. from Michigan State University.

Simon earned his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his B.A. from The University of Illinois.

Greenberg Traurig has one of the broadest and deepest securities litigation practices in the country. The firm has been lead defense counsel in hundreds of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, and SEC investigations and enforcement actions. These include some of the largest and most complex regulatory actions ever filed and one of the most highly publicized securities fraud cases in recent times. The firm has one of the most experienced and largest teams in the United States representing both market leading broker-dealers and Directors & Officers to final award or judgment in thousands of securities arbitrations and trials throughout the country. The team has tried some of the largest arbitration cases to verdict, including numerous matters involving more than $100 million. The attorneys regularly handle matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Dispute Resolution, Securities and Exchange Commission, American Arbitration Association, National Futures Association, and state and federal courts across the country.

Since February 2015, the Securities Litigation Practice at Greenberg Traurig has had 17 attorneys join in offices firmwide. In addition to Lewitas and Simon, joining the firm recently were shareholders Robert S. Frenchman and Terri A. Mazur in New York; Pete S. Michaels, Daniel M. Rabinovitz, and David L. Ward in Boston; and Jeffry M. Henderson, Harris L. Kay, and Peter G. Rush in Chicago; Donald S. Davidson in San Francisco; David Lisi in Silicon Valley; and Daniel J Tyukody in Los Angeles. Joining as of counsel were John K. Wells in Boston and in Chicago, Douglas E. Arend, Robert B. Christie, and Todd E. Pentecost.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1,900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No. 1 on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at:

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