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Hiring Partner: Brad Kaufman (West Palm Beach) UPPERS • “Early responsibility on real legal work” • “Good work/life balance” • “Training and partner interaction” DOWNERS • “Black box compensation” • “Old technology” • “Lack of transparency” NOTABLE PERKS • “Standing desk, nice view, business casual dress code, and lots of free food.” “The firm has a program with one of our banking clients that allows associates to refinance their student loans at a lower rate.” SURVEY SNAPSHOT Among our survey respondents at Greenberg Traurig: • 41% were junior associates, 35% were mid-level associates, and 20% were senior associates (2% identified as non-partner track attorney or “other”). • 23% were former summer associates, 44% were hired as lateral associates, and 7% were hired during or after a clerkship. 58% plan to make partner, 18% plan to move in-house, and 10% plan to lateral to another firm. • University of Florida – Levin College of Law, NYU, Michigan, and University of Miami were the most represented schools. BASE SALARY (2017) New York 1st year: $180,000 Salaries vary by geographic market EMPLOYMENT CONTACT See for hiring contacts.
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 438 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP THE SCOOP Greenberg Traurig, LLP counts among its clients some of the biggest names in information technology, energy, entertainment, telecommunications, real estate, financial services, and health care. With over two dozen offices worldwide, an exceptionally broad practice scope and household names for clients, it ranks as one of the nation’s largest firms. Southern Heat Greenberg Traurig traces its roots to 1967, when three Miami attorneys established a practice modeled on New York’s boutique transactional firms. Melvin Greenberg was the firm’s first chief executive officer; University of Miami grad Robert Traurig became a power player among southern Florida’s real estate firms, builders and developers; and early name partner Larry Hoffman went on to become managing partner in the 90s. Hoffman Steps It Up For many years, the firm confined its operations to the Miami area, and most of its clients were small and mid-sized companies. Changes began in 1987 when the firm altered its leadership structure. The name partners handed the reins to a group of 14 younger partners in an effort to develop a long-run succession plan. When Melvin Greenberg became seriously ill, Larry Hoffman took over as managing partner, scotching the idea of passing the top job on to the next generation. Hoffman had no intention of maintaining the status quo, however. He implemented an ambitious expansion plan that added a number of practices—including trade, immigration, and labor—to the firm’s list of offerings. He also pushed for geographic expansion, moving the firm’s presence into northern Florida, New York, and Washington, DC. By the time Hoffman stepped down in 1997, the firm had ballooned to 325 lawyers.
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