Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Catastrophe Planning & Response

Greenberg Traurig’s Catastrophe Planning & Response Group is a multidisciplinary, collaborative team drawn from GT offices around the country. We help clients proactively identify and prepare for the legal issues likely to arise in the event of a catastrophe and assist in implementing planning measures in key operational areas to help preserve life, property and business interests, and to minimize exposure to future legal liability. In addition, we serve as a response team to assist clients in managing their legal issues in the aftermath of a natural disaster or catastrophic event, be it a storm, fire, flood, act of terrorism or other incident.

Following such an event, business and property owners will confront a host of legal and non-legal issues, perhaps for the first time. They will be forced to make decisions on short notice and under difficult circumstances. Being prepared for those issues and their legal implications makes good business sense – and will make responding to a crisis more manageable, while limiting potential future liability.

Building & Life Safety Codes and Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Perform pre-catastrophe analysis of changes in building codes and nonconformities that could impact rebuilding and implement code reform, if appropriate 
     
  • Assist with planning and permitting back-up power and other temporary services 
     
  • Provide guidance on code interpretation issues and issues that arise with unavailability of materials that meet code specifications 
     
  • Handle a wide range of other related issues as they arise

Business Continuity

  • Advise on pre-catastrophe business continuity planning 
     
  • Address post-event business continuity and bankruptcy issues

Computer/Data Security

  • Perform pre-catastrophe review of data security and document back-up plans for adequacy and compliance with applicable requirements 
     
  • Advise on data and security breach issues

Construction

  • Negotiate, draft and interpret construction and architectural contracts 
     
  • Provide counsel on debris removal issues and securing of the workplace/building 
     
  • Defend against construction defects claims

Insurance

  • Assist policyholders by performing pre-catastrophe insurance policy review to structure insurance programs for adequate protection of property, liability and business interruption interests 
     
  • Implement claims strategies to help policyholders preserve their rights and maximize recovery after a loss

Employment

  • Perform pre-catastrophe review of human resources policies; draft and help implement specific policies pertaining to disasters 
     
  • Advise on compensation and benefit issues while business is interrupted 
     
  • Provide guidance on termination/hiring issues, temporary labor issues and issues with providing temporary housing and other assistance to employees

Environmental

  • Perform pre-catastrophe review of hazardous material plans and policies for compliance with regulatory requirements 
     
  • Provide guidance on mold prevention planning 
     
  • Provide counsel on safe workplace, containment and toxic exposure issues post-event 
     
  • Help secure local, state and federal regulatory permits for rebuilding 
     
  • Respond to toxic and hazardous material releases and exposures

Governmental Affairs and Regulatory

  • Perform pre-catastrophe industry-specific regulatory compliance review 
     
  • Advise on grant procurement for terrorism response and other targeted planning efforts 
     
  • Represent clients in local, state and federal lobbying and procurement for rebuilding efforts 
     
  • Assist with FEMA issues

Landlord/Tenant

  • Perform pre-catastrophe review of leases for adequacy of provisions regarding such matters as rent abatement, relocation, termination and insurance responsibilities 
     
  • Advise on post-event lease termination and relocation issues for landlords and tenants 
     
  • Negotiate leases for temporary space and advise on landlord/tenant insurance issues

Litigation

  • Represent clients in general litigation involving virtually all types of post-disaster issues

Real Estate Operations

  • Advise on legal aspects of building and site security plans 
     
  • Address post-event tenant and employee access issues

Zoning & Land Use

  • Perform pre-catastrophe zoning review and analysis of nonconformities that could impact right to rebuild 
     
  • Advise on and implement pre-catastrophe code amendments or variances to secure right to rebuild 
     
  • Secure expedited development approvals post-disaster.

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Diversity

At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.


* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners


* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)


Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
 
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association

 

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