Large law firm opens two LI offices and hires former U.S. attorney Mark Lesko

One of the country’s largest law firms is planning two offices on Long Island and has hired a former top federal prosecutor from the region.

Greenberg Traurig LLP opens its 41st office in Bridgehampton on Tuesday and will begin operations in Garden City this week, executives said.

The firm has 2,400 attorneys around the world, and its U.S. workforce makes it the ninth largest in the country, according to a ranking by the National Law Journal. The company’s gross revenue was about $ 2 billion last year.

As part of Greenberg Traurig’s expansion, it hired Mark Lesko, a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and four partners from the law firm Farrell Fritz in Uniondale.

Richard A. Rosenbaum, CEO of Greenberg Traurig, said the Long Island move is part of a larger strategy to have offices closer to employees’ homes and to their customers. He said the company is responding to the work-from-home phenomenon, which gained widespread acceptance due to the pandemic.

“This is a way to bring the office closer [employees’] home … They do not have to commute a few hours every day, “said Rosenbaum, who lives in Amagansett and has been based in an office near Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

“There are also a huge number of customers on Long Island that we hope to be able to serve,” Rosenbaum told Newsday on Monday. He predicted Greenberg Traurig would have more than 30 lawyers in Garden City and 10 to 15 in Bridgehampton in about a year.

Lesko will be based in Bridgehampton. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District from March to June 2021, after serving as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and then Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Department until recently. In 2009-2012, he served as Brookhaven Town Supervisor.

Lesko said on Monday that joining Greenberg Traurig appealed to his interest in starting and developing a business.

“It was just an incredible opportunity to do something entrepreneurial, to grow a law firm into a major player on Long Island,” said Lesko, who also once headed Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the venture capital fund Accelerate Long Island. He said he will represent defendants in white-collar crime cases.

The local offices will be run by co-managing shareholders John P. McEntee and Brian Doyle, both former partners of the Farrell Fritz firm.

“My decision [to join Greenberg Traurig] was primarily driven by the ability to solve customer problems, “said McEntee, who has represented Iceland’s hockey team. With Greenberg Traurig’s network of offices and experts around the world,” we can rightly say to customers: “No matter where your problem is. is, whatever it is, then we can solve it. ‘ “

Greenberg Traurig was founded in 1967 by three lawyers over lunch at a deli in South Florida. They opened a Manhattan office in 1991 and in 2003 the first international office in Amsterdam.

The other Farrell Fritz partners joining Greenberg Traurig are David Gilmartin Jr. and Kathryn Cole. In addition, James Miskiewicz, an attorney for the Long Island Power Authority, has been hired.

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