Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Another Seasoned Litigator Defects to Greenberg Traurig
By TINA BAY, Staff Writer
Former Bingham McCutchen litigator Paul Schumacher joined Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office yesterday as a shareholder and the newest addition to the firm’s growing securities litigation practice.
Schumacher moved to Greenberg Traurig’s corporate and securities litigation department after three years as a partner at Bingham McCutchen. He is the second experienced litigator to move to Greenberg Traurig in recent weeks, after former Jones Day litigator Scott Bertzyk joined the firm’s real estate litigation department on June 1.
“I was just looking for a platform that would enable me to better service my clients in both the litigation and regulatory areas, and Greenberg fit that bill,” Schumacher told the MetNews yesterday. “I’m excited about the move,” he added.
Jeff Scott, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office, said yesterday in a press release that Schumacher will be “an invaluable resource” to the firm’s national broker-dealer clients, because of his strong background in securities litigation and arbitration, and extensive experience representing clients in regulatory proceedings initiated by the SEC, NYSE, NASD and state securities regulators.
Bradford Kaufman, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s national securities litigation group, said Schumacher’s addition to the firm will help bring the firm’s West Coast arm up to par with its well-established securities practice on the East Coast.
“His 18-year focus on securities regulation, litigation and internal investigations and his extensive representation of broker-dealers make him the ideal candidate to strengthen and help build our practice in the West,” Kaufman said in a statement.
“There’s a strong existing East Coast presence in securities litigation and now we’re going to expand to the West Coast to better serve several of our national clients,” Schumacher said. “I think it’s kind of an exciting challenge and opportunity to expand Greenberg’s already existing securities practice more into the West Coast.”
Greenberg Traurig, founded in 1967 by Miami lawyer Mel Greenberg, is eighth on The National Law Journal’s NLJ 250 listing of the largest law firms in the U.S. and currently employs 1,500 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals worldwide.
“It’s a larger law firm,” Schumacher said, “but what interests me is...the entrepreneurial approach to the various practices, which is going to allow me to be more responsive to my clients’ needs. It gives me more flexibility.”
Schumacher, 54, graduated from Santa Clara University and received his law degree cum laude from Loyola Law School. He has been a member of the State Bar since 1984 and is also a member of the Securities Industry Association.
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