Greenberg Traurig’s Angel Taveras, Former Providence Mayor, to Speak on Rhode Island’s Public Pension Crisis

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Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Boston office and former Providence, Rhode Island mayor, will serve as a panelist at the seminar, “The Gathering Storm: The Looming Rhode Island Financial Crisis in Public Pensions and Other Post-Employment Benefits,” from 12 to 2 p.m. on October 14 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’sBoston office and former Providence, Rhode Island mayor, will serve as a panelist at the seminar, “The Gathering Storm: The Looming Rhode Island Financial Crisis in Public Pensions and Other Post-Employment Benefits,” from 12 to 2 p.m. on October 14 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Taveras and fellow panelists will discuss the accounting, actuarial and legal ramifications of the public pension crisis.

Speakers will share their perspectives on the existing and impending Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requirements and the recent rulings of the Superior Court for Providence County in the City of Woonsocket health benefits case, the City of Cranston pension benefit case, and the impending ruling in the City of Providence pension and health benefits case. The seminar is hosted by the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns and Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Taveras served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 2011-2015, and is credited with rescuing the city from the brink of bankruptcy and confronting a $110 million structural deficit. Under his leadership, Providence received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League for its plan to boost third-grade reading proficiency, and was the recipient of a $3 million award from Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools. In 2013, Taveras won Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children. Taveras serves on the Board of the Alliance for Early Success, a nonprofit organization that works to advance state policies for young children. Most recently, he was elected to the national board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.

At Greenberg Traurig, Taveras focuses his practice on municipal restructuring, public finance, commercial litigation, pension litigation, and public infrastructure. He has over 14 years of experience in litigation and has dealt with complex commercial matters, bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Office

Established in 1999, Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office is home to nearly 70 attorneys practicing in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate, emerging technology, energy, governmental affairs, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, life sciences and medical technology, litigation, public finance, real estate and securities. An important contributor to the firm's international platform, the Boston office includes a team of nationally recognized attorneys with both public and private sector experience. The team offers clients the value of decades of legal experience and hands-on knowledge of the local business community, supported by the firm's vast network of global resources.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 2,000 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: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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