Cesar L. Alvarez

Cesar L. Alvarez: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Cesar L. Alvarez is a Senior Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. He previously served as the firm's Executive Chairman for more than three years and as its Chief Executive Officer for 13 years. During his tenure as CEO, which began in 1997, he directed the firm's growth from 325 lawyers in eight offices to approximately 1850 attorneys and government professionals in more than 36 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, including strategic alliances in Milan and Rome, Italy. Under Cesar's leadership, the firm was recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in the United States and is among the Top 10 law firms in the country.

Before taking the helm as CEO, Cesar practiced securities, corporate and international law for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has represented numerous public companies and served on the boards of directors of several publicly traded corporations and charitable organizations. He has been recognized nationally and in his community for his professional, business and charitable leadership. He has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 1997, 2000, and 2006 (the last 3 editions), as one of the top most powerful Hispanics by PODER's Power Issue, and among The 25 Best Latinos in Business, Hispanic Magazine's Power Issue, both in 2008. He also has been honored by Chambers and Partners with its Lifetime Achievement Award and by the American Bar Association with its Spirit of Excellence Award.

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law, 1993-2017
•Named, Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Miami, 2015
•Named, Lawyer of the Year, International Trade and Finance Law, Miami, 2013
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2011-2016
•Recipient, Dade County Bar Association and the Dade Legal Aid, Sandra Day O'Connor Award, 2015
•Listed, Lawdragon The 500 Leading Lawyers in America - The Heavyweights, 2015
•Recipient, Daily Business Review, Professional Excellence: Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
•Listed, South Florida Business Journal, Top 100 Power Leaders, 2015
•Recipient, Hispanic National Bar Foundation Lifetime Leadership Award, 2014
•Recipient, Heroes of the American Dream Award, The National Immigration Forum, October 2013
•Recipient, The Scopus Award, American Friends of the Hebrew University, July 2010
•Recipient, Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy, United Way of Miami-Dade Tocqueville Society, March 2009
•Recipient, Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 2008
•Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Chambers USA Awards for Excellence, 2008
•Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A, 2012
•Listed, South Florida Business Leader magazine, Business Leader of the Year, Legal Category, 2010
•Listed, The National Law Journal
• 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, May 2008
• 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, 1997, 2000, 2006 (Last Three Editions)
•Listed, PODER magazine
• 75 Most Influential Hispanics in 2010, December/January 2011
• Top Most Powerful Hispanics, The Black Book of PODER, 2008
• The 100 Most Powerful Latinos, (International Edition), 2003-2004
• One of the 50 Most Powerful People in South Florida, The Power Issue (Miami Edition), 2003-2004
•Recipient, President's Award of Merit, The Florida Bar, May 2008
•Listed, Florida Trend Magazine
• Top Managing Partner, 2004-2006, 2008
• Legal Elite, 2004-2005
•Listed, Hispanic Magazine, 25 Best Latinos in Business, The Power Issue, February 2008
•Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, 2007-2008
•Listed, Lawdragon 3000, Leading Lawyers in America, 2006
•Recipient, MultiCultural Law magazine, CEO of the Year, 2006
•Listed, South Florida CEO magazine
•Power Issue, April 2005
• 100 Most Powerful People in South Florida, December 2002
•Recipient, FIU Medallion, Florida International University, 2005
•Listed, Ocean Drive - En Espanol
• Miami's New Power Players, June 2005
• Top 100 Most Powerful Players, June 2005
•Recipient, South Florida Business Journal
• South Florida Ultimate CEO Award, 2004
•Diversity Works! Advocate-Individual Award, February 2004
•Inducted, Hall of Fame, Miami-Dade Community College, 2003
•Recipient, New American Award, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., 2003
•Recipient, Silver Medallion for Service to Humanity Award, The National Conference for Community and Justice (formally National Conference of Christians and Jews), 2003
•Listed, The Miami Herald, The Power Dozen: The Most Influential Business People in Miami-Dade County, December 2003
•Recipient, Golden Castanets Award, Ballet Hispanico, 2002
•Listed, Miami Business Magazine, 100 Most Powerful People in Miami, 2001
•Recipient, Attorney of the Year Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2001
•Listed, Hispanic Business, 100 Most Influential Hispanics, 1996-1998
•Recipient, Humanitarian of the Year Award, Women's International Zionist Organization, 1997
•Recipient, Pro-Bono Award, Cuban-American Bar Association
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Quoted, Alex Acosta is a Great Pick for U.S. Labor Secretary, Miami Herald, February 17, 2017
•Quoted, Trump Picks S. Florida Lawyer, Sun-Sentinel, February 17, 2017
•Quoted, FIU Law Dean Acosta Nominated for U.S. Labor Secretary Post, Community Newspapers, February 16, 2017
•Quoted, 6 Traits of the Most-Loved Law Firm Leaders, Law360, August 30, 2016
•Featured, Alvarez on Being His Clients' Quarterback, South Florida Business Journal, July 7, 2016
•Featured, Cesar Alvarez Provides Insight About the Growth of Greenberg Traurig, South Florida Business & Wealth, December 2015
•Featured Interview, Cesar L. Alvarez: Building a National Legal Brand , Fried On Business, October 8, 2015
•Featured, 2 Minority Views From The Top Of BigLaw, Law360, June 18, 2015

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

03.17.17 Greenberg Traurig Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Miami with Judiciary,Business, Government Leaders at Perez Art Museum Miami

01.12.17 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Office Celebrates 25 Years

10.26.16 Equal Justice Works Honors Greenberg Traurig at 30th Anniversary Dinner Celebration

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 55 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.14.16 43 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

06.09.16 93 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

01.11.16 Greenberg Traurig Senior Leadership Team Expansion Confirmed

10.02.15 Greenberg Traurig and Chambers & Partners Host Women and Diversity Summit

08.25.15 58 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0668  Phone
305.961.5329  Fax
University Attended:
Miami-Dade Community College, A.A., 1967; University of Florida, B.S., 1969; University of Florida, M.B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1972
Year of First admission:
1973, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Chair, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Board of Trustees
•Trustee, Florida International University, 2008-Present
•Chair, Florida International University College of Law, Advisory Board, 2003-Present
•Member, University of Miami School of Law, Visiting Committee, 2009-Present
•Board Member, Start Kids Bright, Inc. (f/k/a National Center for Excellence in Early Education, Inc.), Board of Directors
•Board Member, National Council of La Raza, Board of Directors
•Member, The Florida Council of 100
•Board Member, Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-Present
•Member, United Way of Miami-Dade
•Member, Advisory Council
•Chairman, Board of Directors, 2003-2005
•Campaign Chair, 2001-2002
•Participant, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Miami-Dade County
•Chair, American Bar Association, Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, 2010-2013
•Vice Chairman, Trustee and Chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Audit Committee, 2000-2012
•Board Member, Take Stock in Children, Board of Directors, 2011-2013
•Trustee, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2006-2011
•Board Member, Florida International University Foundation, Board of Directors, 1998-2008
•Trustee, Miami Dade College, 2005-2007
•Trustee, Manhattanville College, 2002-2007
•Board Member, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc., Board of Directors, 2004-2007
•Trustee, Florida Free Trade Area of the Americas
•Trustee, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
•Chair, Mesa Redonda, South Florida Hispanic Business Group, 2001-2004
•Former Chairman, The Florida Bar, Securities Committee
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Cuban American Bar Association
•Member, Cuban Detainees in Guantanamo, Executive Committee
•Member, Miami Business Forum (Non Group)

Spanish, Fluent
Birth Information:
Havana, Cuba, June 17, 1947

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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