Attorney Profile:

Benjamin L. Reiss

Benjamin L. Reiss: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


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.


•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

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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

02.16.17 Greenberg Traurig Miami Organizes Fifth Annual 'GT Cares' as Firm Celebrates Historic Anniversary

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

Noteworthy Experience

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

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Tax - State and Local

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0547  Phone
305.961.5547  Fax
University Attended:
University of Miami, B.A., Politics and Public Affairs, cum laude; President's 100, service organization
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1993
Year of First admission:
1993, 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, City Year Miami Board of Advisors
•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

Birth Information:
April 28, 1968
Reported Cases:
Significant 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.

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 1 review
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 09/30/15 in Litigation

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