Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Climate Change

Greenberg Traurig’s Climate Change Task Force is a multidisciplinary group that represents clients from an array of industries in connection with the increasingly complex climate change issues associated with energy, industrial and natural resource projects. Members of the task force bring together a wide range of relevant experience in corporate and real property transactions; international, federal and state regulatory compliance and permitting issues; administrative agency and legislative advocacy; environmental permitting and compliance; tax and securities law; intellectual property; and litigation and dispute resolution. Many members of the task force have served as political appointees responsible for crafting air quality legislation.

For various reasons, a number of U.S. states and regional entities have begun to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. GT’s Climate Change Task Force helps clients track and respond to the rapid developments in state laws and regulations, as well as the requirements of regional climate change schemes and evolving federal requirements and voluntary programs. GT also tracks legislation and represents clients participating in international schemes.

Transactional Representation

  • Represent clients in connection with the structuring, permitting, design, construction, financing and operation of coal gasification, petroleum refining, natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel, solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear facilities and other alternative energy and clean fuel sources
     
  • Facilitate project development and finance transactions to help clients maximize their opportunities under applicable climate change laws, regulations and incentives
     
  • Work closely with clients to account for and preserve emission credits in creative but conservative ways, as well as to obtain additional credits or, if possible, facilitate the sale of any excess credits in the marketplace
     
  • Handle new fuel registration and engine approvals
     
  • Advise clients on issues related to armoring shorelines to save historic resources and the consequential impacts due to expense, insurance concerns and economic risks, as well as the need to retreat from certain areas or not promote planning and development of such areas

Regulatory Permitting & Compliance

  • Counsel clients regarding the increasingly complex climate change laws and regulations enacted by U.S. states and regional entities
     
  • Advise international facilities on the implementation of emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocols and similar laws
     
  • Counsel clients on green building incentives and regulations and assist with ISO 14001 compliance, including ISO 14064 and ISO 14065

Governmental Affairs

  • Advocate on behalf of our clients’ interests related to current and proposed state and federal legislation and regulations, including federal, state and local grants, loans, loan guarantees, tax-free bonds, tax credits and other incentives for alternative energy and clean fuel facilities
     
  • Represent clients in administrative challenges regarding energy generation and usage
     
  • Draw on the experience and resources of GT’s governmental affairs professionals in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Albany, Denver and other state capitals across the country

Greenhouse Gas Litigation

  • Advise clients on strategies to help minimize the risk of litigation, given the ambiguity and complexity of current regulatory schemes
     
  • Defend clients in tort suits in which plaintiffs seek injunctive relief and damages against corporate defendants under nuisance and negligence theories for climate-related injuries allegedly caused by the defendants’ greenhouse gas emissions
     
  • Represent clients in connection with emissions trading disputes

Tax Counseling

  • Develop practical tax strategies and advise clients regarding the availability and use of alternative tax credits
     
  • Monitor changes in tax policy, whether they penalize greenhouse gas emissions or incentivize the use and development of alternative forms of energy

Corporate Governance

  • Advise clients on the environmental disclosure and corporate governance requirements imposed by Securities and Exchange Commission regulations and general accounting rules
     
  • Work closely with clients to evaluate applicable disclosure obligations and, if disclosure is required, determine the most appropriate means and methods of disclosure

Voluntary Reduction & Supplemental Environmental Project Counseling

  • Advise clients on the legal implications of voluntary reduction programs
     
  • Advise clients on alternative fuel, pollution control, voluntary reduction and other greenhouse gas-related supplemental environmental projects

Intellectual Property & Technology Development

  • Provide patent counseling and prosecution for alternative and green energy technologies
     
  • Advise clients on developing, refining and managing IP portfolios from conception through implementation
     
  • Advise clients concerning the commercial viability and fundability of new climate change technologies

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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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