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Ernest LaMont Greer

Ernest Greer is a President of Greenberg Traurig. He previously served as a Vice President of the firm (2013-2015) and as the Atlanta office's Managing Shareholder for nearly a decade. As Managing Shareholder, Ernest was responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Atlanta office, which has more than 100 attorneys.

Ernest is a highly accomplished business litigation attorney and, in addition to his leadership roles in the firm, he has maintained an active legal practice, trying cases across the country. Ernest has wide-ranging trial experience representing clients in multimillion-dollar actions in complex commercial litigation, and he recently secured a $30 million verdict following a two-week jury trial in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.

Ernest is widely recognized for his professional and charitable leadership. Through professional affiliations and personal commitments, Ernest prioritizes service to his community and is a long supporter of education, the arts, public health, and human rights. In addition to the numerous boards he serves on, he is the past-chairman (2014) of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and was the first lawyer to serve in this capacity in the Chamber’s 100-year history.


  • Class action litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Contracts, including suits on account and guarantee/indemnity agreements
  • Trademarks
  • Products liability


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Atlanta magazine, “Atlanta 500 – The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Atlanta,” 2019-2020
  • Named, Women Works Media Group, Law and Justice Awards, "Man of the Year" and "Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Attorneys," 2019
  • Listed, National Law Journal, "Equality Trailblazer," 2019 
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2013-2020
  • Recognized, JAMES Magazine, "Georgia's Most Influential Politically-Connected Attorneys," 2019
  • Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
    • Listed, "Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia," 2011, and 2013-2019
    • Listed, "Rising Star," 2005-2006
  • Inducted, Gate City Foundation, Hall of Fame, 2018
  • Recipient, The Atlantan, “Philanthropist of the Year,” 2018
  • Selected, The Atlantan, "Lending Hands," 2018
  • Selected, Atlanta Business Chronicle Diversity and Inclusion Awards, "Corporate Diversity Champion," 2018 
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018
  • Listed, Daily Report, "Distinguished Leader," 2017 
  • Listed, Atlanta magazine, "Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia," 2016
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2008-2013 and 2015-2016
  • Listed, Savoy, "Most Influential Black Lawyers," 2015
  • Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award from the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2015
  • Recipient, 16th Annual Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia, 2015
  • Listed, Lawyers of Color, "Power List," 2014-2015
  • Recipient, "Sankofa" Award, National Bar Association, 2014
  • Recipient, "A. T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer" Award, Gate City Bar, 2014
  • Recipient, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Most Admired CEO – Professional Services," 2014
  • Listed, James magazine, "100 Most Influential Georgians," 2014
  • Honoree, Atlanta Hawks African-American Trailblazer Awards, February 4, 2014
  • Named, Client Service All Star, BTI Client Service All-Stars Report, Federal Regulations, 2014
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year" 2014
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Government Relations, Atlanta Metropolitan Area
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Atlanta Metropolitan Area
  • Listed, Atlanta Business Chronicle, "100 Most Influential Atlantans," 2012-2015
  • Listed, Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Who's Who in Law and Accounting," 2012-2015


  • Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Member, Atlanta History Center, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present
    • Chair, 2017-2018
    • Vice Chair, 2016-2017
  • Board Member, Atlanta Police Foundation, Board of Directors, 2016-Present
  • Board Member, Achieve Atlanta, Board of Directors, 2015-Present
  • Board Member, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Board of Trustees, 2015-2017
  • Director, Buckhead Coalition
  • Member, Rotary Club of Atlanta
  • Member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa Boulé)
  • Member, The National Association of Guardsmen, Inc., Atlanta Chapter
  • Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


  • Co-Chair, Atlanta History Center, Swan House Ball, 2018
  • Member, The American Heart Association, Atlanta Heart Ball, Executive Cabinet, 2018
  • Board Member, The Woodruff Arts Center, Board of Trustees
  • Chairman, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Co-Chair, Grady White Coat Gala
  • Board Member, Center for Civil & Human Rights, Board of Directors
  • Secretary, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Board Member, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, The Carter Center, Board of Councilors
  • Member, Transition Team of Attorney General of the State of Georgia, Sam Olens, 2010
  • Co-Chair, Families First, 14th Annual Dining for a Difference Dinner, 2012
  • Co-Chair, American Jewish Committee, National Human Relations Dinner, December 6, 2010
  • Co-President, Trinity School Parents Association, 2007
  • Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2004
  • Board Member, Emory University, Board of Visitors
  • Committee Member, Georgia Competitiveness Initiative
  • General Counsel, National Association of Minority Contractors, Atlanta
  • Member, Citizens for Transportation Mobility (CTM), Finance Committee


  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 1991
    • Patricia Roberts-Harris Fellow (3-year full tuition fellowship)
    • Northwestern University Fellow
  • A.B., Government, Harvard University, 1988
    • Letterman, Varsity Football
  • Hon. Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1991-1992
  • Georgia