As if hiring former New York City mayor and ex-Republican presidential candidate RUDY GIULIANI to head its cybersecurity and crisis management practice wasn’t enough, Greenberg Traurig has quietly made several other notable additions this month around the country.
The firm added TIMOTHY ALGER, a former head of litigation at Google who in 2011 joined Perkins Coie’s offices in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, California, as a partner in Los Angeles and nearby Irvine, California, according to records on file with The State Bar of California. GARY STIFFELMAN, a longtime music industry lawyer at high-powered Hollywood boutique Ziffren Brittenham, left this week for Greenberg Traurig’s entertainment and media practice in Los Angeles. Greenberg Traurig also hired labor and employment litigation of counsel KIMBERLY COLE in Los Angeles from Dal Soglio & Martens, a women-owned local firm where she was also of counsel.
In Texas, Greenberg Traurig grabbed LABRY WELTY, head of the tax practice at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr and a member of the Texas firm’s corporate securities group, as a partner in Dallas. Greenberg Traurig also hired KAREN KENNARD, a former city attorney for Austin, Texas, until she resigned from that $193,918-per-year role last year, as a government law and policy partner in the Lone Star State capital. Further north, Greenberg Traurig brought on a former Colorado governor and nonlawyer energy industry veteran to serve as a public policy adviser in Denver.
Back in the Big Apple, Greenberg Traurig hired business immigration and compliance partner ROSANNA FOX from Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, a local firm where she made partner last year, and added Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld counsel ADAM TOPE as a partner for its corporate group, where he’ll advise private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors. Giuliani, who became a name partner at Bracewell & Giuliani in 2005 and sought to build out the firm’s New York office, takes with him litigation partner MARC MUKASEY, who will now co-chair Greenberg Traurig’s white-collar defense practice. (Mukasey, the son of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, also joined Bracewell & Giuliani in 2005 and has known the ex-New York mayor since he was a child.)