Richard A. Rosenbaum is the Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, a unified international law firm of approximately 1950 lawyers and 38 offices around the globe, including 29 U.S. locations. He previously served as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and President.
Richard joined the firm in 1985 as its 90th lawyer, originally based in South Florida. He is credited with leading the development of the firm's New York office and many of its locations across America, as well as its locations outside the United States. Just as he has been a leader in its spectacular growth across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, navigating the changing times in which we live, he has been considered a thought and change leader in the broader legal profession, whether it relates to his devotion to delivering excellence and value to the firm's clients or ensuring an open and fair playing field to diverse talent from all backgrounds, no matter their race, religion, gender or who they love.
Richard is also known for his global expertise in a diverse range of industries, including real estate, entertainment, media, technology, investment and finance, representing companies of all sizes and many wealthy individuals and successful entrepreneurs over the years. Whether it is leading and managing the firm and its lawyers or serving the firm's clients, Richard's focus remains the same: delivering business results which exceed expectations with an extraordinary sense of urgency, efficiency and excellence, while at the same time living the old school values of ethics, loyalty, family and personal accountability, which create long term relationships and lasting trust across the decades.
Even before becoming the firm's CEO, Richard made clear his primary focus on high quality, excellent service and the collaborative, respectful and empowering culture of the firm. He is, therefore, particularly proud of his work in founding and developing the firm's renowned and wide-ranging Commitment to Excellence program, which ensures that these values would be and remain core aspects of the firm's global brand for years to come.
Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2005-2016
•Listed, The National Law Journal, Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers, Strategist & Driver, 2014
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013
•Honored, Man of the Year Award, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, 2012
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2012
•Recipient, South Florida Business Leader magazine Business Leader of the Year, Legal Category, 2011
•Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010
•Honoree, For excellence in Real Estate, Police Athletic League's 5th Annual Building New York's Future Luncheon, September 2010
•Listed, Avenue magazine, Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, April 2010
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2010
•Listed, Who's Who in American Law, 2005-2006
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
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Associated News & Events
01.19.16 Rudolph W. Giuliani to Join Greenberg Traurig in New York
01.11.16 Greenberg Traurig Senior Leadership Team Expansion Confirmed
12.04.15 Premier Government Law Attorney Sam NeJame Joins Greenberg Traurig in Albany
11.18.15 Greenberg Traurig Earns Top Score in 2016 Corporate Equality Index
10.29.15 Greenberg Traurig adds Former White & Case Arbitration and Litigation Head and Co-Office Head in Warsaw
10.13.15 Caroline J. Heller to Lead Greenberg Traurig's Firmwide Pro Bono Program
10.05.15 Greenberg Traurig Wins 'International Counsel in Latin America' at the 2015 Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence
10.01.15 Greenberg Traurig Germany Opens in Berlin with 55 Lawyers
10.01.15 Greenberg Traurig Germany offnet in Berlin mit 55 Anwalten
09.16.15 Denny O'Shea to Join Greenberg Traurig
04.21.14 Alternative Career Tracks Are Innovative and Necessary
04.03.14 Move a firm from 'normal' to 'better' by focusing on clients, getting creative with lawyer training
02.24.14 A Firm Leader's Guide to Survival of the Biggest
12.30.13 How 'Big Law' Can Reinvigorate the Practice of Law
10.01.13 Delivering Elite Practices and Real Value
10.05.12 Putting Culture and Relationships First
10.18.10 Putting Clients and Culture First is Always Good Business
05.01.06 A Profession IN CRISIS?
04.18.05 Reacting to change is a necessity
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Featured Interview, Delivering Value, Leaders Magazine, Volume 38, Number 4, Fall 2015
•Featured Interview, A Client-Focused Culture, Leaders Magazine, Volume 38, Number 3, Summer 2015
•Featured Interview, KIND Attorneys of the Month: Richard Rosenbaum, Kids in Need of Defense, March 3, 2015
•Quoted, Greenberg Traurig Expands Mexican Operation, The Global Legal Post, January 20, 2015
•Quoted, Two Shareholders Added to Mexico City Office of Greenberg Traurig, JD Journal, January 20, 2015
•Featured Interview, Excellence and Value: An Interview with Richard A. Rosenbaum, Leaders Magazine, Volume 37, Number 4, Fall 2014
•Author, Alternative Career Tracks Are Innovative and Necessary, New York Law Journal, April 21, 2014
•Quoted, Greenberg Traurig Says Secret Is More Partners, Not Fewer, Law360, March 24, 2014
•Author, A Firm Leader's Guide to Survival of the Biggest, The National Law Journal, February 24, 2014
•Co-Author, How 'Big Law' Can Reinvigorate the Practice of Law, Law Practice Today, December 2013
•Featured, Legal Business Trailblazers and Pioneers: Strategists and Drivers, The National Law Journal, December 16, 2013
•Quoted, Calling All Unemployed Law Grads: Greenberg is Hiring, The American Lawyer, October 21, 2013
•Featured Interview, Delivering Elite Practices and Real Value, Leaders Magazine, Volume 36, Number 4, Fall 2013
•Featured Interview, The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Richard Rosenbaum from Greenberg Traurig, Above The Law, August 14, 2013
•Author, Letter to the Editor: On the Future of Big Law, The American Lawyer, August 2, 2013
•Featured Interview, Putting Culture and Relationships First, Leaders Magazine, Volume 35, Number 4, Fall 2012
•Featured Interview, Independent Thinkers, Leaders Magazine, Volume 34, Number 4, October 2011
•Richard was an entrepreneur in the title insurance industry before becoming a lawyer, working as an independent service provider and, later, as a key participant in two successful agencies active in New York City and Long Island. He credits his early life experience, including attending law school in the evenings while supporting himself and his family, with the development of his business orientation, work ethic, focus on value and integrity, and pragmatic approach to issues of all kinds.