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Greenberg Traurig Enters San Francisco; Other Firms Grow in Chicago & Florida

Greenberg Traurig has opened a San Francisco office headed by two well-known litigators and expects to have a 12- to 15-attorney group practicing there within a few weeks.

Joining the new office initially as co-managing shareholders are Kenneth Steinthal, a former Weil Gotshal & Manges partner of nearly 25 years who was a co-chair of that firm’s intellectual property and media law practice group, and Samuel Shepherd, previously a partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, the firm announces in a press release today.

“We have met with many talented attorneys over the past year, looking for a fit that considered client needs as well as firm culture. We found that fit in Sam and Kenny,” says the firm’s president, Matt Gorson, in the release. “Their experience, not only in providing legal services across a multitude of industries, but also in building strong practices where collaboration and quality are core values, was key in assisting us with establishing this new important element of our presence in California.”

The firm, which first established a foothold in California when it opened a Los Angeles office in 2000, now has 200 attorneys practicing in the state.

Meanwhile, Cleveland-based Ulmer & Berne has signaled its intention to expand in Chicago by signing a new lease for 18,000 square feet of office space, reports the Chicago Tribune. The firm presently has an eight-attorney office, but its new space provides room for 30.

The move follows indications by two other major law firms in recent months that Chicago is their kind of town: Baker & Hostetler opened an office in the Windy City in November with four lawyers, and two months earlier McDonald Hopkins rented 24,000 square feet of office space there.

Also in an expansive mode is Adams and Reese, which plans to open a third office on Florida’s west coast next month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The new office in Tampa, Fla., comes after the firm’s opening of new offices in St. Petersburg and Sarasota, Fla., on Jan. 1.

A tip of the hat to the Recorder, whose article about the new Greenberg Traurig office is reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

Related coverage: “Latest Baker Hostetler Growth Spurt Starts With New Office in Chicago” “Adams and Reese Expands, Adds 60 to its Ranks” “Barnes & Thornburg is New Home for Group from Dissolving Energy Boutique”

Updated at 3:47 p.m. to add link to subsequent post.

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