In a management shuffle announced Feb. 6, Greenberg Traurig has promoted Miami shareholder Hilarie Bass to co-president, making her one of the highest-ranking women at a major U.S. law firm.
Bass moves up from global operating shareholder. She shares the presidency with Brian L. Duffy, a Denver shareholder who has been global litigation chairman. Cesar L. Alvarez and Matt Gorson move to co-chairmen from executive chairman and president, respectively. Firm CEO Richard Rosenbaum also named four vice presidents, including Ernest Greer, managing shareholder of the Atlanta office.
In a statement, Rosenbaum said, "Change will occur in an orderly manner over several years. We are pleased to have so many talented leaders and performers, not just those with titles. I am sure this evolving team will be as strong as those that have preceded us and have the same level of friendship, trust and affection among each other as has always defined Greenberg's leadership team since 1967."
Bass is one of the most powerful female lawyers in South Florida and a litigator for 30 years. She recently completed an eight-year term as the national chairwoman of the 600-member litigation department and serves on the firm's executive committee.
Greenberg has had a tough year, issuing a capital call to all partners and facing a $200 million sexual discrimination lawsuit from a former female shareholder.
Greenberg Traurig is one of the largest U.S. law firms with more than 1,700 lawyers in 35 U.S. and foreign offices.