BOSTON — May 4, 2016 — Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Boston office and former Providence, RI mayor, will serve as a panelist at the National Federation of Municipal Analysts’ (NFMA) 33rd Annual Conference in Chicago, May 3-6, 2016.
From 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. on May 4th, Taveras will serve on the panel, “Democracy in Peril: What to Do When Elected Officials Haven’t, Won’t or Can’t,” which will explore questions surrounding the role of a bankruptcy judge in Chapter 9 to displace elected officials, the federal government’s responsibility (or not) in Puerto Rico, and when states intervene in local government.
Taveras served as the mayor of Providence, RI from 2011-2015, and is credited with rescuing the city from the brink of bankruptcy and confronting a $110 million structural deficit. Under his leadership, Providence received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League for its plan to boost third-grade reading proficiency, and was the recipient of a $3 million award from Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools. In 2013, Taveras won Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children. Taveras serves on the Board of the Alliance for Early Success, a nonprofit organization that works to advance state policies for young children. Most recently, he was elected to the national board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.
At Greenberg Traurig, Taveras focuses his practice on municipal restructuring, public finance, commercial litigation, pension litigation, and public infrastructure. He has over 14 years of experience in litigation and has dealt with complex commercial matters, bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.