NEW YORK (January 19, 2016) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has announced he will join global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, as Global Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Practice and Senior Advisor to firm Executive Chairman Richard A. Rosenbaum.
Also joining Greenberg Traurig will be former supervisory federal prosecutor Marc L. Mukasey who will serve as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense Practice. Mukasey previously served as Unit Chief and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and was a former staff attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Giuliani and Mukasey will both be joining from Bracewell & Giuliani, a Texas firm whose New York City office was established by the Mayor in 2005, and where they practiced together for more than a decade. Mukasey led the White Collar Criminal Defense and Special Investigations Practice at that firm.
“I am proud to welcome Rudy Giuliani to Greenberg Traurig. While many other firms hold on to old business models or follow strategies premised on global growth for growth's sake, for years we have focused on maintaining our uniquely empowering and collaborative, one-firm culture while delivering elite quality in our core practices along with extraordinary value not possible in traditional elite firms. This independent approach has naturally led to our practice and geographic expansion. Our strategic focus on crisis management, white collar criminal defense, cybersecurity and governmental investigations will be enhanced in a major way by bringing the Mayor to the Greenberg Traurig family. He has long been one of the most important and influential lawyers and leaders in this country, and will now be bringing to our clients his unparalleled experience in all areas of legal problem-solving and crisis management, as well as his unique geopolitical insights,” Rosenbaum said.
“The Mayor will work with our expert team of litigation, government regulatory, cybersecurity and data privacy lawyers across the country and the world, who are highly experienced in counseling clients in their most difficult situations, as well as addressing governmental investigations, private litigation and other proceedings. Greenberg Traurig will also work hand-in-hand with Giuliani Partners, global security consultants, with whom we will now enjoy a close strategic alliance. There is no firm that will offer the high level of counseling and national security expertise that this collaborative team will bring to the table, as well as the expertise in dealing with the insurance industry in the creation of specialty products to address these growing risks."
Giuliani commented on the move: “Having reached the goal we set out to achieve ten years ago in establishing a new law practice in New York, we look forward to joining a global platform that addresses the complex needs of today’s multinational clients. Greenberg Traurig has visionary leaders who clearly understand that the practice of law in today’s world is inextricably intertwined with the worldwide political, social and security issues of the moment. We will work closely together to implement and grow this vision. This comes at a time when my practice and Greenberg Traurig’s particular focus on cybersecurity and related counseling, investigations and litigation is an absolute match. Data privacy and security risks are on the top of the mind of every CEO, General Counsel and corporate board I speak with, and Greenberg Traurig is clearly positioned as a top-tier and highly sophisticated player in this space.”
Giuliani became the U.S. Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the U.S. Department of Justice, in 1981. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1983. He served two consecutive terms as the 107th Mayor of the City of New York from 1994-2001, and then returned to the private sector as Chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners. He joined Bracewell in 2005. At Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani will be an integral part of Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management, White Collar, Litigation, Appellate, Corporate, and Real Estate practices.
“After having built a world-class criminal defense practice at his prior firm, we are pleased to welcome Marc Mukasey as Global Co-Chair of our White Collar Defense Practice, working closely with John Pappalardo, our other Global Co-Chair. This is an area where we already have a stellar team and Marc’s experience and reputation will enhance our capabilities while our global platform will meet his clients’ expanded needs,” Rosenbaum added.
Mukasey most recently was lead trial counsel for executives in the Countrywide mortgage fraud trial and a municipal bond criminal antitrust trial. He has handled high-profile criminal cases including residential mortgage-backed securities cases, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the Major League Baseball steroid investigations, and the stock options backdating cases. He also notably obtained immunity for his client in the largest insider trading case in history. Mukasey has also successfully represented corporations and their executives in cases involving allegations of fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, FCPA issues, environmental violations, FIRREA, and tax issues.
“The Greenberg Traurig platform is the perfect next step for me and my team to be able to bring world-class representation to our clients,” Mukasey said.
In December 2015, Mukasey’s position as a practice leader was recognized by The National Law Journal when they named him a White Collar Trailblazer. In 2014 and 2013, he was a Law360 MVP. He is also a nationally recognized Chambers and Partners trial lawyer.
Giuliani Partners' Managing Director Eric Hatzimemos will also advise Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Rosenbaum with respect to the firm's Strategic Security Practice. Giuliani Partners includes its subsidiary, Giuliani Security and Safety. While Hatzimemos will serve as an advisor at Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani Partners will remain an independent consulting firm that will enjoy a strategic alliance with Greenberg Traurig, assisting the firm’s clients who require investigative work, due diligence, physical and cybersecurity consulting, crisis management and geopolitical counsel, while seeking the expertise of the law firm when legal guidance is required by its client base.
Greenberg Traurig, which is among the 20 largest law firms in the world by revenue and realized record revenues in 2015, opened two offices this past year, in Berlin and Tokyo. In 2012 the firm opened offices in Tel Aviv and Warsaw and in 2011 in Mexico City. The firm also experienced unprecedented growth in several key areas of practice and markets, particularly in New York City where it has seen significant expansion of its private equity and M&A practices, among others. The firm’s renowned and award-winning Latin American and Iberian Practice brings together attorneys with wide-ranging experience representing U.S. and international clients who do business in Latin America. In addition to its global office footprint, the firm has a long-standing strategic alliance with the independent law firm Studio Santa Maria in Milan and Rome as part of its commitment to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Practice develops strategies to address clients’ data security, privacy and information management concerns. The multi-disciplinary team is equipped to advise clients on: data breach readiness and response, including investigations; data privacy and security audits, policies and risk mitigation strategies; cross-border data privacy, including data transfer regulations and security; data privacy litigation, including TCPA claims, class actions and multi-district litigation; cybersecurity insurance; corporate board governance regarding data privacy and security; and employee data privacy.
About Greenberg Traurig’s White Collar Criminal Defense practice
Greenberg Traurig’s White Collar Criminal Defense practice group has wide-ranging experience protecting companies and individuals through coordinated planning and defense. GT is on the forefront of client service in this area, and is one of few firms with more than 90 former federal and state prosecutors in its litigation group, and where the majority of litigation shareholders and counsel have first-chair trial experience. Our defense capabilities include vast experience in structuring internal investigations, developing guidelines and implementing compliance programs and addressing issues of voluntary disclosure, as well as extensive representations involving alleged securities fraud, FCPA violations, health care/pharmaceutical fraud, environmental crimes, money laundering, financial services fraud, public corruption/campaign finance, tax corruption, defense contracting, and bankruptcy fraud.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No 1. on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: www.gtlaw.com.