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. Giuliani, a lifetime member of NAFUSA, is the fourth former United States Attorney to join Greenberg, joining John Pappalardo, Sam Skinner and Troy Eid. Giuliani will be joining from Bracewell & Giuliani, a Texas firm whose New York City office was established by the Mayor in 2005.
“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.
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.