Greenberg's 'point of the spear'

When he was growing up, kids from the neighborhood would knock on Kurt Kappes’ door and ask him to come outside and play. He would turn them away because he preferred to read. His favorite topic: military history over the last five centuries.

Kappes is now a managing shareholder in the Sacramento office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, an international firm with 1,900 attorneys in 38 locations. The Sacramento location has about 19 attorneys.

Kappes, who has been at the firm for six years, is the “point of the spear on the California litigation practice,” said Brian Duffy, CEO of the firm, which has locations in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He praised Kappes for his ability to calmly direct a group of strong personalities.

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