Lateral Look: Greenberg Traurig

A state-of-the-art real estate practice with global reach is just the tip of the Greenberg for this multifaceted firm.

Greenberg Traurig Lateral Profile 2024

Temperatures aren't the only thing soaring in Miami - so is its legal scene! For many associates thinking of practicing in The Magic City, Greenberg Traurig was a name they were familiar with: “They have a big presence nationally, but also particularly in Miami, and I wanted something dynamic in the area.” Not only that, but GT is well-known for its real estate prowess too: “it's our bread and butter.”

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Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

“How independent each office was, allowing each office to have their own uniqueness and cater to the needs of those local clients. It was also very cordial and relaxed – not at all like other Big Law firms.”

“Mentorship by senior partners was extremely important; the vast majority of partners in my practice group have been at the firm for almost their entire careers.”

“The trust they put in associates and attorneys to take on more advanced/important tasks and assignments that they show they're capable of.”



Career Development & the Path to Partnership



0.63 : 1


partners made in 2023

associate : partner gearing

of associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: Greenberg Traurig provides a variety of learning and professional development programs to build legal knowledge, strengthen professional skills, and empower our attorneys to make strategic business decisions that work for them. Our development programs enhance the skills and competencies our attorneys need at each step of their career, while supporting attorneys so they can thrive in their work, in their client relationships, and as part of our community. We focus on two critical components of development: (1) growth and advancement around a set of core competencies and (2) cultural freedom to leverage unique talents.


Hours & Compensation


no requirement



billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent

 *varies by market


The firm did not disclose its salaries.


The view from the firm: At GT, our credo is simple—we are one firm, one culture, one people. Our clients come from all walks of life, as do we. We believe that our lawyers’ obligation to the community is broader than just the legal work we do and that our lawyers have a professional responsibility to contribute their time and skill to provide legal services to those who do not have access to lawyers or otherwise cannot afford legal representation. As such, to effect change and incentivize participation, the firm continues its commitment to Pro Bono, requiring 25 hours of mandatory pro bono work and crediting up to 100 hours of pro bono work, recognizing up to 50 hours of credit for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities and up to 25 hours of credit for Community and Civic activities. The combined total amount of eligible credit for these three areas is now 175 hours.


Is Greenberg Traurig the right firm for you?





were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

felt comfortable being themselves at work

The view from the firm: Our culture of empowerment is a natural fit for individuals who are eager to create their own opportunities and have proven track records of success in areas that excite them. We recruit experienced attorneys who are personally committed to the highest standards of excellence and efficiency. 

Here's what survey respondents had to say about the firm's culture...

“Most firms have a very similar PR pitch about culture which quickly melts away after you are hired. GT's culture was almost undersold during my research and interviews, and since joining, it quickly became clear that nothing about the culture is fake or just a line from marketing.  People work hard, they work together, and they care.”

“The firm is filled with genuinely good people that hold others accountable to being genuinely good people to others.”

“Collaborative and understanding, but competitive with a drive to win. Being here brings out the best in me as a lawyer and as a person.”


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported diverse staffing on teams/cases/matters

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse


The view from the firm: GT has been in the transformation business since its inception, and our carefully crafted DEI vision remains consistent yet dynamic. Our strength lies in the diverse contributions and perseverance of our professionals, client collaborators, like-minded organizations, and communities, and we are grateful for a coalition that values our commitments to DEI, innovation, and respect and empowerment of the individual.

More than 55 years after GT’s founding, diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to be at the core of who we are as a firm and as individuals. Our view of diversity runs deep. Our diverse, worldwide workforce includes people of different races, national origins, genders, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, veteran status, and more.

Our carefully crafted diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) vision remains consistent yet dynamic:

  • In 2023, the firm was recognized with more than 150 individual, practice, and regional awards related to DEI. For example, we achieved Mansfield 6.0 Certification Plus. The Mansfield Rule Certification Program, facilitated by The Diversity Lab, focuses on equal opportunity, fairness, and inclusivity. We also obtained a score of 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, 2023-2024, 2020-2021, 2017-2018
  • Partner in Diversity, DEI Medallion, State Bar of Nevada, 2023
  • We hosted, attended, or sponsored more than 280 client, affinity, and student, DEI events and programs.
  • Of our attorneys elevated to shareholder or of counsel in 2023, 46.25 percent identified as diverse.
  • We established a new Affinity Group (Veterans@GT) and expanded our existing groups, including the robust GT Women’s Initiative.

GT invests heavily in the wellness and well-being of its shareholders, associates, and professional staff through an extensive collaborative firmwide initiative. The direction and support of this initiative comes from active firm leadership participation, as well as a team of Wellness Ambassadors representing offices and shared services teams across the globe.  Well-being and self-care programs are communicated through weekly GT Wellness newsletters, a dedicated intranet resource center, firm-sponsored webinars, and a firm-provided wellness platform featuring mindfulness meditations, live and prerecorded fitness classes, and other self-care lessons. That said, GT does more than “talk the talk”. The firm continuously expands resources available in response to the evolving needs of our times, from emotional and mental health to financial and physical wellness. In line with this dedication to a culture of wellness, Greenberg Traurig is an enthusiastic signatory of the ABA Well-Being Pledge. By participating in this pledge, GT proudly demonstrates our support for well-being in the legal profession at large and commit to a healthy work environment.


 Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


The view from the firm: The Innocence Project (criminal justice); National Afghan Women’s Flag Football Team (asylum); Transformative Justice Law Project (LGBTQ+ rights).


 Sustainability & CSR

The view from the firm: We are particularly focused on sustainability and endeavor to minimize our carbon footprint. As part of our efforts to be transparent, we have completed the CDP Climate questionnaire, a global standard assessment for environmental impact disclosure. GT’s offices are net carbon neutral with respect to the firm’s global office energy usage, and are 100% powered by renewable energy.  We have targeted and successfully offset these annual emissions through a long-term agreement for the purchase of renewable energy certificates equal to our global electricity usage from a new-build wind farm and PV Solar generating facility.

As a global law firm, we do not have production facilities, distribution, or undertake in any industrial, mining, processing, or agricultural activities, or engage in any other carbon-intensive activities.  We are actively addressing our primary climate-related impact which is our Scope 2 emissions related to energy usage.  We will continue to examine our carbon footprint and will determine whether additional targets are needed.



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