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Greenberg Traurig's Strategic Move Into Dallas Enhances Firm's National Presence

Firm Surpasses 1000 Lawyer Mark

DALLAS, TX -- November 13, 2003 -- The international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP announced it has opened a Dallas office with 20 attorneys who bring experience from such firms as Andrews & Kurth, Patton Boggs and Larson King. The group includes, among others, corporate attorney Scott Olson, tax attorney Daniel P. Novakov, real estate attorneys Ralph G. Santos and Tina M. Ross, corporate attorney Michael Thimmig, litigation attorney Scott Ryskoski and Michelle A. Mendez, who is the President-Elect of the Bankruptcy Section of the Dallas Bar Association. Greenberg Traurig's move into the Dallas area, the nation's 9th largest metropolitan area, is the latest example of the firm's continued commitment to expand its key practice and industry groups and strengthen its national and international presence.

"As our service industry started to consolidate, we also began a strategic expansion in the early 1990s to meet the geographic and legal needs of our clients and the legal marketplace. We wanted to create a different firm by combining the human capital resources that a large firm uniquely brings with the energy and client focus that only business-oriented, entrepreneurial lawyers can add. Today, we are thankful that we have been able to build that firm with more than 1000 lawyers. Our expansion to the Dallas area continues this national strategy and commitment to serve our clients in all critical U.S. markets," said Cesar Alvarez, President and CEO of the firm. "With our new Dallas operation, we are now serving 10 of the top 15 metropolitan markets in the U.S. We are fortunate to have found a group of extremely talented attorneys who closely match our culture and share our business and entrepreneurial spirit. We found this a very attractive situation."

"The decision to join Greenberg Traurig was an easy one," said Scott Olson, Managing Shareholder of the Dallas office. "Greenberg Traurig was a perfect complement for our practice, a good culture fit and will be of immediate value to our clients. Their depth, over 1000 lawyers with experience in 35 key practice and industry groups, combined with strategic office locations, provides us with a unique platform."

"Greenberg Traurig's presence in Texas will provide the firm and our clients access to a whole new network of strategic relationships," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, a National Operating Shareholder. "Dallas is an area which is attractive to the national and global economy. Current and future clients in the Texas market will benefit from Greenberg Traurig's large collaborative platform, which will create a win-win situation for all."

The Dallas office will initially be comprised of approximately 20 attorneys, to be supplemented by additional lawyers in the near future, who will focus on Greenberg Traurig's key practice areas, including corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, litigation, reorganization, restructuring and bankruptcy, tax, governmental affairs, structured finance, entertainment, employment, environmental and intellectual property.