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Greenberg Traurig Expands Chicago Litigation Practice, Adds Pete Rush and Todd Pentecost

CHICAGO – March 17, 2015 – Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Rush joins as a shareholder and Pentecost joins as of counsel in the Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, they were partners at K&L Gates LLP.

"We are very pleased that Pete and Todd have joined us. They are excellent lawyers and colleagues, and have built a substantial practice that complements our litigation practice, both in Chicago and in the firm more generally," stated Paul T. Fox, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office.

Rush, 55, has nearly 30 years of experience handling all aspects of complex commercial litigation. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies, media companies, universities, and not-for-profit entities to corporate officers and directors in the context of securities fraud cases, class actions and derivative suits, disputes involving complex financial instruments, and theft of trade secrets disputes. He also has experience conducting internal investigations, representing special committees and several clients in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For almost 20 years, Rush also has maintained an active sport law practice where he represents institutions (colleges and high schools) and countless student-athletes in advising and litigating questions of institutional and individual athletic eligibility.

He earned his J.D., with honors, from Duke University School of Law where he was named to the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Pentecost, 42, is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation, including securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, investment company litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, multidistrict litigation, complex contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, commercial tort cases, consumer finance litigation, insurance coverage disputes, municipal zoning and condemnation litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, trade secret litigation, partnership disputes, fiduciary litigation, and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. He has also handled arbitration and appellate matters.

Pentecost has represented numerous publicly held and private companies, investment companies, municipalities, corporate officers and directors, investment company trustees, and other individuals in the state and federal courts in Chicago and in other jurisdictions. He has also counseled clients on contract, employment, and compliance issues.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Marquette University.