SOURCE: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

October 10, 2006 12:50 ET

U.S. Lawyer Who Advised Hussein Tribunal Joins Greenberg Traurig in Tampa

Prosecutor Gregory W. Kehoe Gained Reputation at The Hague and in Baghdad

TAMPA, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Gregory W. Kehoe, the U.S. lawyer who advised the special tribunal formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime, has joined the Tampa office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig.

"Greg has a well deserved reputation for getting excellent results in very difficult situations, both as a trial lawyer and in his distinguished service to this country as a senior federal prosecutor and otherwise," said David B. Weinstein, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Tampa office. "Greg and I share a vision to provide clients with the benefits of his vast experience with an international platform that addresses their needs at an entirely different level."

Kehoe joins as a shareholder in the firm's global litigation practice. Chaired by Hilarie Bass, the group has approximately 500 attorneys firmwide.

"Greenberg Traurig's geographic coverage within the United States and abroad, its collaborative culture, and a very efficient business model that allows lawyers to focus on client service and minimize administration attracted me to the firm," Kehoe said.

"The firm's opening of an office in the Tampa Bay market, combined with my previous experiences co-counseling cases with David Weinstein, made the decision to join GT an easy one and created a 'win-win situation' for the entire team."

In the late 1980s, Kehoe began his reputation as an effective prosecutor, when, as a member of the U.S. Attorney's Office, he successfully prosecuted members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and other high-profile cases. In 1992, he served as a counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee.

From 1995 through 1999, Kehoe served as Trial Attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands. In March 2005, he was selected as ABC News Person of the Week in connection with his service in Iraq.

On August 1, 2006, Greenberg Traurig, with approximately 1,600 attorneys in 30 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, opened an office in the Tampa Bay region, its eighth in Florida. Core practice areas in the Tampa office include civil and criminal litigation, environmental matters, and business transactions. Weinstein, 48, a litigator and a former partner at Bales Weinstein in Tampa, was named managing shareholder. Kehoe, 52, a New York native, is admitted to the bars of both New York and Florida. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College and his law degree from St, John's University School of Law. Most recently, Kehoe headed the trial practice at James, Hoyer, Newcomer and Smiljanich.

The two seasoned trial attorneys recently worked together as co-counsel on the high-profile representation of Hillsborough Circuit Judge Greg Holder.

"Greg has the stature, common sense, and very significant trial experience that national and international clients want when having to deal with the uncertainties of high-stake litigation. We are lucky to be able to add Greg to our team," said Greenberg Traurig President and Chief Executive Officer Cesar L. Alvarez.

In addition to Kehoe, the Tampa Bay office has already grown by two other litigators, Christopher Torres and Michael Stanton, since its opening in August, further rounding out the original team, according to Weinstein.

"Consistent with our other offices, Greenberg Traurig's Tampa Bay office will continue to expand as we identify attorneys who enhance our culture and who will thrive within it, and within the context of good business economics," said Matt Gorson, National Operating Shareholder for the firm's Southeast offices.

Greenberg Traurig ranks seventh among The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 listing of the largest law firms in the U.S., based on number of lawyers.

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