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

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Ensuring Equal Justice Pro Bono Initiative, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez Office, October 14, 2011
•Recipient, DCBA’s Put Something Back Pro Bono Award for working as co-coordinator of Accion USA, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal advice and services to low- and moderate-income commercial borrowers

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Trial Practice
  • State & Local Tax (SALT)
  • Real Estate Tax

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, Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key Honor Society, President's Honor Roll, Dean's list, President's 100 (service organization), Henry King Stanford Scholarship, 1990
Law School Attended:
Continuing Legal Education Courses, National Criminal Defense College, Life over Death, Numerous other seminars dealing with trial practice, criminal defense and ethics; Duke University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif, Communications Editor, Alaska Law Review, Pro Bono Placement - District Attorney's Office, Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Book Award, American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law, Law School Scholarship, 1993
Year of First admission:
1993, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, City Year Miami Board of Advisors 2015-Present
•Member, American Inn of Court, 1999-2007, 2014-Present
•Pro Bono Coordinator for the GT Miami office from 2013 - Present
•Dade County Bar Association (DCBA)
•Board Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2012
•Chair of Amdinistrative Law and Government Relations Committee 2012-2013
•Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 2009-2011
•Member, Professionalism Committee, 2009-2012
•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.
•Board Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2010 (held positions of Vice-President and Treasurer; and member of Executive Committee)
•University of Miami Hurricane Club
•Member, National Council, 2009-2010
•Broward County Chapter, Board of Directors, 2005-2009, President, 2009, Vice-President, 2007-2008
•Member, American Bar Association

Birth Information:
April 28, 1968
Reported Cases:
Experience: General commercial and civil litigation: 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.; Obtained agricultural classification for property used for boarding and training racehorses in State Circuit Court proceedings and favorably defended the judgment on appeal, including oral argument, before the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida.; Trademark litigation: Represented national watch company in obtaining federal court injunctions precluding the distribution and sales of gray market watches.; Criminal defense: Defended State Circuit Court Judge in sanction proceedings before the Florida Supreme Court.; Represented students arrested while protesting the FTAA conference in Miami and obtained dismissals of criminal charges.; Defended thousands of clients as an Assistant Public Defender against felony and/or misdemeanor charges.; Previous 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

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    5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 09/30/15 in Litigation on 09/30/15

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