Greenberg Traurig Expands Securities Litigation Practice; Adds SEC Veteran Elaine C. Greenberg in Washington, D.C.

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Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to grow its Washington, D.C. office with the addition of former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division Senior Officer Elaine C. Greenberg as a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice.

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to grow its Washington, D.C. office with the addition of former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division Senior Officer Elaine C. Greenberg as a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice.

“We are thrilled to have Elaine join us in Washington, D.C. after a long and distinguished career at the SEC. She brings a wealth of SEC enforcement experience and is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the country in the area of SEC regulations impacting municipalities and those who underwrite and sell municipal securities,” said Brad Kaufman, co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group.

Greenberg, who has nearly 30 years of experience, focuses her practice on securities and regulatory matters, investigations, enforcement actions, and litigation; public finance; and white collar and corporate investigations. She has represented and advised major financial institutions, underwriters, broker-dealers, issuers, municipal advisors, former public company officers, and others. Before joining the firm, Greenberg was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Greenberg previously served as a Senior Officer in the SEC’s Enforcement Division in dual roles. As the inaugural Chief of the Specialized Unit for Municipal Securities and Public Pensions, she built and led a nationwide unit to oversee the SEC’s enforcement efforts in the multi-trillion dollar municipal securities and public pensions marketplaces. As Associate Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office, she was responsible for overseeing the SEC’s enforcement program in the Mid-Atlantic region. Greenberg is nationally recognized for producing high-impact enforcement actions, bringing cases of first impression, and negotiating precedent-setting settlements.

“Elaine’s addition augments the ability of our office to offer a full range of services to our clients on the Hill, before the various administrative agencies, the Washington, D.C. Council, and in the courtroom,” said Laura Metcoff Klaus, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office.

Sanford M. Saunders, also co-managing shareholder of the office, added, “Bringing on such an expert in her field is the type of strategic move our clients have come to expect from us.”

“I am excited and proud to be joining such a distinguished and remarkable firm. Greenberg Traurig’s dynamic team of exceptionally talented professionals and its unique culture of entrepreneurship, empowerment, creativity and collaboration is the ideal platform to further expand and maximize my practice,” said Greenberg.

Greenberg earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Temple University.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Securities Litigation Practice

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.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice comprises more than 600 litigators worldwide. The practice’s global platform distinctively positions the litigation team to address the needs of both domestic and international clients. The team continues to build on a practice base that, while very broad, is nonetheless refined to serve the unique industry, practice, and jurisdictional needs of the firm’s diverse client base.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. Office

Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office is home to a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and governmental affairs professionals with strategic experience helping companies of all sizes to navigate the federal government. The office’s work encompasses governmental affairs, federal procurement, global trade and investment, health and FDA business, litigation, government contracts, antitrust, insurance recovery and advisory, energy, telecommunications, real estate, intellectual property, representation of foreign governments, and national defense and homeland security. Greenberg Traurig’s clients range from the federal defense sector to energy, telecommunications and health care companies, which we represent before government agencies, regulatory bodies, Congress and the courts, both trial and appellate. The firm’s D.C. attorneys are also involved in handling a wide range of corporate and finance work for clients in these industries.

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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