Greenberg Traurig Adds Two Attorneys from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Office, Expanding Government Law & Policy Practice

PHOENIX — May 16, 2018 — Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP expanded the capabilities of its Phoenix office with the strategic addition of Michael T. Liburdi and Daniel Blake Seiden. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, both worked in the Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; Liburdi as General Counsel and Seiden as Deputy Chief of Staff ‎for External Affairs and Policy Development. Both join Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice, with Seiden as chair of the Arizona Government Law & Policy Practice and Liburdi also joining the firm’s Litigation Practice as chair of the Phoenix Litigation Group.

“Mike and Danny offer tremendous value to our clients, both in the Southwest and nationwide,” Government Law & Policy Practice Co-Chairs Thomas J. Bond and Harold N. Iselin said in a joint statement. “Their impressive experience in Arizona government strengthens our existing capabilities and allows us to continue delivering high-quality results for our clients.”

Liburdi counsels clients on a variety of government law and policy issues, as well as complex litigation in federal and state court. Before serving as General Counsel to Governor Ducey, Liburdi was a partner and associate at two national law firms and, in 2008, worked as litigation staff attorney for the Federal Election Commission. He advises on political and constitutional litigation, campaign finance compliance, and matters related to antitrust and unfair competition. His litigation experience also includes class action and appeals. Liburdi serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.

“I am thrilled to join Greenberg Traurig and its highly regarded Government Law & Policy Practice,” said Liburdi. “I look forward to collaborating with the firm’s robust network of attorneys and participating in the growth of the practice and Phoenix office.”

Seiden has extensive experience in politics and government, having served as Governor Ducey’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Special Assistant Maricopa County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and in other public-sector roles. He focuses his practice on federal, state, and local government relations and governmental matters ranging from political and constitutional litigation to campaign finance compliance and environmental law. He advises clients on labor and employment law and serves as counsel in insurance defense matters and class actions. He received his J.D. cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his B.A. cum laude, from Pepperdine University.

“Greenberg Traurig’s comprehensive service, one team culture, and global platform are what attracted me to the firm,” Seiden said. “The deep bench of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice prove a win-win both for me and for my clients.”

“As established and widely-respected members of the Arizona community with extensive local knowledge and experience, both Mike and Danny strengthen our Phoenix practice and offer tremendous value to our clients,” said Nicole M. Goodwin, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “We welcome them to the firm.”

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of its Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the country. The firm’s national team of governmental affairs professionals and attorneys spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the United States, including: Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Tallahassee, Washington, D.C. Most recently, Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy team was “Top Listed” for Government Relations in Best Lawyers in America’s 2018 edition. The team was also named “Law Firm of the Year” for Government Relations by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of "Best Law Firms." The practice also received the most first-tier Government Relations rankings in the U.S.

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