6 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in Sacramento Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” List

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Six attorneys from the Sacramento office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP are included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2016 list of Top Lawyers in the Sacramento region.

Six attorneys from the Sacramento office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP are included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2016 list of Top Lawyers in the Sacramento region.

The list is determined by an extensive peer-review survey that asked other attorneys for recommendations among 56 specialty areas. Each lawyer surveyed was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each given legal specialty. Once nominations were completed, nominees were carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license, and their current standing with The State Bar of California. As a result, the following Greenberg Traurig attorneys were recognized as leading lawyers in their areas:

o    Gene Livingston, Chair; Proposition 65, Green Chemistry Group; Shareholder; Environmental, Government Law & Policy (Sacramento Magazine Category: Environmental/Legislative & Governmental Affairs)

Livingston is an authority on the California rulemaking process. Livingston is recognized as a go-to person to address relationships and legislation in the California Legislature, to affect proposed regulations, and to challenge agency actions in court. He counsels individual clients and business associations within the insurance industry, as well as, on the implementation of California’s unique green chemistry law, also known as the safer consumer products regulation, and Proposition 65.

o    Michelle Rowe Hallsten, Shareholder – Corporate & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions (Sacramento Magazine Category: Mergers & Acquisitions)

Hallsten represents emerging and established companies in a variety of practice areas, including general corporate, securities, corporate governance, private debt and equity financings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Her client base covers many industries, including technology, health care, insurance, business services, life sciences, retail, publishing, professional services, and real estate.

o    James Mattesich, Shareholder – Government Law & Policy, Environmental (Sacramento Magazine Category: Environmental)

Mattesich's work encompasses advising and representing clients in a wide range of regulatory, administrative, and legislative matters. His practice covers environmental subspecialties, including toxic chemical regulation, air emissions standards, pesticide regulation, compliance, and litigation regarding California's Proposition 65 statute, and regulatory and compliance matters before the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

o    Jeremy A. Meier, Shareholder – Government Contracts & Projects, Litigation (Sacramento Magazine Category: Energy & Natural Resources)

Meier has extensive experience in regulatory affairs and government litigation representing corporations and individuals doing business in California. His practice focuses on government contracts, energy and public utilities regulatory matters, involving government action, state and local procurement, bid protests, writ actions, commercial litigation, contract negotiations, performance audits, government investigations, false claims and qui tam matters, and public records and conflicts of interest disputes.

o    James Nelson, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Practice’s ERISA Litigation Team; Chair, Sacramento Labor & Employment Practice – Employee Benefits (Sacramento Magazine Category: Employee Benefits)

Nelson represents employers and ERISA plan fiduciaries in matters concerning ERISA compliance, fiduciary responsibility, collective bargaining, wage and hour, employee benefits, safety, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment issues. His experience includes complex litigation, class action defense, administrative proceedings and appeals, as well as advice and counseling to ERISA plan fiduciaries of single-employer and multi-employer plans.

o    Darrell Steinberg, Shareholder; Chair, California Government Law & Policy Practice (Sacramento Magazine Category: Legislative & Governmental Affairs)

Steinberg provides strategic counsel to clients with matters involving state government. Recently elected Mayor of Sacramento, he is one of the most respected political leaders in California with a career spanning more than 20 years in public service, including six years in both the State Assembly and the Sacramento City Council. Over the course of his legislative tenure, Steinberg forged difficult agreements to usher the state from a $42 billion deficit to a surplus budget, implemented groundbreaking mental health care legislation, strengthened the state’s foster care system, improved K-12 education standards, reformed the statewide ballot initiative, and made historic investments in California’s water and transportation infrastructure.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Sacramento

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Sacramento team represents companies and trade associations doing business in California, including a long list of Fortune 500 clients. It makes Greenberg Traurig one of the very few firms to offer experienced advocacy in California’s Legislature, state agencies and courts. With these options, the Sacramento team can offer creative solutions to further a client’s business goals. The team has ended litigation by going to the Legislature and defeated regulations by winning in the courts. The Los Angeles Times described the team as “one of the more influential law and lobbyist firms” in Sacramento, while The Sacramento Bee called the team “one of the Capitol’s elite.”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1900 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. For additional information, please visit: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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