In a joint statement, Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman, and Brian L. Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, who together guided the firm to another record year of performance in 2018, said: “For the last 50-plus years, we have been a firm built on delivering value and satisfaction to clients, innovation, individual empowerment, respect, and collaboration, and to being one firm providing vast and growing opportunities to thousands of lawyers and staff across the country and now the globe.”
They continued, “We are about big dreams, intense execution, and being one firm, without a headquarters, where merit is rewarded. Based on all those core values, there is no one in our firm more qualified to become our next Co-President than Brad Kaufman.”
Kaufman, resident in the firm’s West Palm Beach office, is currently defending the key figure in the Barclay's case in London - the only major prosecution stemming from the financial crisis. Most recently, he served as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Greenberg Traurig and as Global Chairman of the firm's Professional Development and Integration.
Rosenbaum added, "It is a huge positive to see Brad join Ernest Greer, a Co-President since 2016. They are quite a team. Ernest has been making a day-to-day impact in such key areas as business development, our alumni program, shareholder integration, our diversity and inclusion program, and other matters. With Ernest in his role as Co-President, and such other senior leaders as Patricia Menéndez-Cambo (Vice Chair), Lori G. Cohen (Co-Head of Litigation, the firm's largest practice area), Shari L. Heyen (Co-Head of Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Co-Managing Shareholder of Houston office), G. Michelle Ferreira (Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices), Mary Olga Lovett (Senior Vice President), and, of course, Cesar L. Alvarez, (Senior Chairman), and a number of other practice and office leaders and executive committee members, the firm's most senior leadership significantly reflects the diverse community of clients, lawyers, and staff which it serves.”
Kaufman has been with the firm for more than 18 years, has led efforts on firmwide associate issues, as well as on shareholder elevations and on professional development and integration.
“It is a great source of pride to have been named Co-President of our global and well-respected firm,” Kaufman said. “I look forward to continuing to influence how we as a firm, and as a profession, address the needs of clients while developing new lawyers and new methods for the efficient delivery of legal services.”
Kaufman has tried dozens of arbitrations, regulatory proceedings, and court trials for the premiere Wall Street investment banks and broker dealers, several involving hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars. He has appeared as counsel for Morgan Stanley at the Supreme Court of the United States with co-counsel Ken Starr; has successfully represented two of the most prominent analysts on Wall Street in the fallout from widespread allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest; has defended the president of Morgan Stanley Funds in the two billion dollar term trust regulatory case before FINRA -- one of the largest contested cases a major financial firm had ever taken to hearing; and has been involved in the defense of dozens of class and derivative actions on behalf of issuers, boards, and special committees.
In addition to having an internationally recognized legal practice, Kaufman is passionate about community service and about the future of the legal profession. To that end, Kaufman served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar's Vision 2016 Commission on Legal Education, a comprehensive study of the future practice of law. He has been involved in numerous not-for-profit boards in Florida and is a member of the Town of Palm Beach Retirement Board of Trustees.
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