Greenberg Traurig co-founder Robert Traurig dies at 93

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Robert Traurig, a co-founder of Greenberg Traurig known for his zoning expertise and devotion to civic causes, has died at 93.

Traurig died Tuesday in Miami, according to the Daily Business Review, Law360, the Miami Herald and a Greeenberg Traurig news release. He was known as the “dean of zoning” because of his influence on Miami land use law.

In 1967, Traurig joined with two lunch buddies, tax lawyer Mel Greenberg and corporate lawyer Larry Hoffman, to create the law firm then known as Greenberg Traurig Hoffman. Today, the firm is the ninth-largest in the United States, according to the National Law Journal.

The three Jewish men formed the firm because they felt they didn’t fit in with Miami’s corporate practices, according to the Herald. The firm is now known for its diversity, earning a No. 1 ranking on the American Lawyer’s 2018 diversity scorecard.

Developers turned to Traurig as a zoning lawyer, and his work helped established skyscrapers, open-air malls and residential communities, according to the Herald. He was also a “powerhouse advocate” to raise funds for civic causes, according to the article.

Traurig graduated from the University of Miami and its law school, and served in the Korean War before beginning to practice law.

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