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Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa Office Receives 2016 Pro Bono Office of the Year Award

TAMPA, FL – Oct. 26, 2016 -- International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced its Tampa office as the recipient of the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for Office of the Year. The Pro Bono Office of the Year Award is given to the office that demonstrates a commitment to pro bono legal work, encompassing the efforts of shareholders, associates, paralegals, and staff.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys across the firm dedicate their time and talents to providing volunteer legal services to those individuals in their communities who would not otherwise have access to legal representation. The criteria for the awards include the number of hours the attorneys have devoted to pro bono work, the overall impact of their work, and whether the attorneys have successfully recruited others in the firm to participate in pro bono projects.

The Tampa office was honored for its many pro bono accomplishments in 2016, most notably for providing pro bono legal services to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s largest youth mentoring organization. Led by Tampa Managing Shareholder David B. Weinstein, Greenberg Traurig’s team of 43 lawyers and staff from 14 offices across the country provided Big Brothers Big Sisters with more than $1 million in pro bono legal services.

The team negotiated a settlement agreement between Big Brothers Big Sisters, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). The settlement resolved issues concerning the organization’s administration of three DOJ grants, which threatened the organization’s legacy. The team was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters with the organization’s 2016 Common Good Award for the extensive, in-kind investment of services to benefit the common good of the organization.

“We partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters and provided substantial resources because we believe strongly in its mission and want it to ensure the continuation of the organization’s 111-year-old legacy of mentoring America’s youth,” said Weinstein, who also chairs the firm’s Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation Practice. “We are honored to accept this award in the Tampa office and we deeply appreciate all the Greenberg Traurig attorneys and staff who committed their time and skill to help with such a worthwhile cause. This was a complete team effort from the client, to firm management, to the professionals on the ground.  The client was extremely pleased with the outcome and we are honored it trusted us with such an important matter.’’

About Greenberg Traurig – Tampa

Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa office represents clients in a broad array of civil and criminal litigation, trial, and appellate practice in state and federal courts—including complex and high-stakes trials—both in Florida and around the country.  The Tampa team also regularly represents clients in labor & employment, real estate, environmental, land development, corporate, bankruptcy & creditors' rights, public finance, tax, and other business planning and transactions.  The firm's Tampa offices work closely with its Orlando office to offer clients multidisciplinary representation in the region, with the firm's six other Florida offices to provide seamless state-wide representation, and with dozens of Greenberg Traurig offices in the United States and abroad to provide clients with both local expertise and global reach. Six Greenberg Traurig Tampa practices are listed as top-tier by U.S. News–Best Law Firms®. And, members of the Tampa team are recognized in Chambers and Partners USA Guide, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.