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Greenberg Traurig Achieves 100 Percent Rating on 2011 Corporate Equality Index

Businesses rated 100% are recognized on HRC's "Best Places to Work" list.

MIAMI, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2010) — International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has achieved the top rating of 100% on the 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Businesses rated 100% are recognized on HRC's "Best Places to Work" list.

The survey rates businesses on a scale from 0 to 100% based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace policies and benefits. According to HRC, 338 businesses achieved top ratings. HRC is the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

"Greenberg Traurig is proud to have a place on the Corporate Equality Index among other corporate leaders in diversity. We are committed to a culture where collaboration and the pursuit of excellence is available to each of our approximately 1800 attorneys and the members of our business staff working in 32 communities in the United States, Europe and Asia,” said Cesar L. Alvarez, Greenberg Traurig's Executive Chairman and leader of the firm's diversity efforts.

Greenberg Traurig’s overall diversity efforts have been nationally recognized. The firm has the most minority partners, including the most African American and Hispanic American partners, on the 2010 Diversity Scorecard from The Minority Law Journal. It also has the most female partners on the 2009 Diversity Scorecard report database from American Lawyer Media.

Earlier in 2010, its Chicago office was recognized as one of the 10 most LGBT friendly firms doing business in Illinois by Equality Illinois, in its fifth annual law firm survey. Most recently, in a highly publicized case affecting the LGBT community, a Greenberg Traurig team represented two foster children pro bono in a case challenging the State of Florida’s law barring adoption by gay men and lesbians -- the only such law in the United States. Following an oral argument presented by Greenberg Traurig in August 2009, and a 13-month wait, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a decision on September 22, 2010, upholding a lower court’s decision and ruled the statute unconstitutional.

“Diversity can open the door to the new ideas and points of view that often fuel creativity and innovation in business. Beyond simply fostering diversity, Greenberg Traurig focuses on developing leaders and as such, we are proud of our track record of opening doors, hiring lawyers and staff from all backgrounds, and promoting them to the highest positions of leadership in the firm," Alvarez said.