Benjamin L. Reiss: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Benjamin L. Reiss

Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0547
    Fax: 305.961.5547
    University University of Miami, B.A., Politics/Public Affairs, cum laude; President's 100, service organization; Golden Key Honor Society; President's Honor Roll; Dean's list; Henry King Stanford Scholarship; Order of the Coif; Pro Bono Placement - District Attorney's Office; Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Book Award; Continuing Legal Education Courses; National Criminal Defense College; Life over Death; Numerous other seminars dealing with trial practice, criminal defense and ethics
    Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1993; Communications Editor, Alaska Law Review; American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law; Law School Scholarship
    Admitted1993, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Member, American Inn of Court, 1999-2007, 2014-Present
    •Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    •Member, American Bar Association
    •Dade County Bar Association (DCBA)
    •Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 2009-2010
    •Member, Professionalism Committee, 2009-2010
    •Board Member, Board of Directors, 2009
    •Miami-Dade County Young Lawyers Professionalism Committee, 2001-2002
    •Miami-Dade County Young Lawyers Schools Committee, 2001-2002
    •Florida Bar
    •Member, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 2008-2014
    •Chair, Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2007-2008
    •Member, Standing Committee on Professionalism, The Florida Bar, 2002-2008
    •Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2006-2007
    •Chair, Master's Seminar on Professionalism, 2004
    •Member, Media and Communications Law Committee, 2000-2002
    •Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
    •Vice-President, 2009
    •Executive Committee, 2009
    •Board Member, Board of Directors, 2009
    •University of Miami Hurricane Club, Broward County Chapter
    •Member, National Council, 2009-2010
    •President, 2009
    •Vice-President, 2007-2008
    •Board Member, Board of Directors, 2005

    BornApril 28, 1968

    Benjamin L. Reiss practices in the areas of general commercial, product liability and other civil litigation in federal and state courts, criminal defense and property tax appeals. He has been involved in approximately 60 jury trials, over 45 of which he has been the lead trial lawyer. Ben is a former Assistant Public Defender and has wide-ranging jury trial experience. He is on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association, a Member of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, and a former Chair of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. Ben has presented the Professionalism portion of the Florida Bar's Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on numerous occasions, and is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

    Areas of Concentration

    •General commercial and civil litigation
    •Criminal defense
    •Product liability litigation
    •Trademark litigation
    •Commercial and residential ad valorem property tax appeals and litigation

    Awards & Recognition

    •Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Ensuring Equal Justice Pro Bono Initiative, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez Office, October 14, 2011

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    12.15.15 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Benjamin L. Reiss Named to City Year Miami Board of Advisors
    06.05.09 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Benjamin L. Reiss Elected to Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors
    07.18.05 Greenberg Traurig's Carl Fornaris, Benjamin Reiss Win Put Something Back Award for Pro Bono Work
    11.19.04 Greenberg Traurig Forms Pro Bono Alliance with Accion USA
    02.05.04 Greenberg Traurig LLP Names 25 New Shareholders

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures


    • Alaska's Men's Rea Requirements of Statutory Rape, Alaska Law Review, 12/92


    •Lecturer and presenter, Practicing with Professionalism, Seminar, Florida Bar, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, and West Palm Beach, FL, 2003-present

    Previous Employment

    •Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Florida
    •Participated in approximately 58 jury trials
    •Obtained Not Guilty verdicts for several clients on trial and facing a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted
    •Supervised the Habitual Felony Offenders and Serious Crimes Division
    •Represented indigent criminal defendants accused of misdemeanors and all degrees of felonies except Capital Murder
    •Supervised the Misdemeanor Division
    •Researched, drafted and argued an appeal from County Court to Circuit Court successfully

    Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented professional basketball player in federal lawsuit in New York against major sports agent and premier Russian basketball team; obtained eligibility for the player to sign with any NBA or European professional basketball team. Defended State Circuit Court Judge in sanction proceedings before the Florida Supreme Court. Obtained agricultural classification for property used for boarding and training racehorses in State Circuit Court proceedings and successfully defended the judgment on appeal, including oral argument, before the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida. Represented national watch company in obtaining federal court injunctions precluding the distribution and sales of gray market watches. Represented students arrested while protesting the FTAA conference in Miami and obtained dismissals of criminal charges.

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    Office Information

    Benjamin L. Reiss

    333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
    MiamiFL 33131


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