Cesar L. Alvarez - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Cesar L. Alvarez

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 305-579-0668

Cesar L. Alvarez currently serves as the Co-Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. Prior to this appointment, Cesar served the firm as its Executive Chairman for more than three years, and as its Chief Executive Officer for 13 years. He began his tenure as CEO in 1997, when the firm had 325 lawyers in eight offices and directed the firm through its growth to approximately 1850 attorneys and government professionals in more than 36 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, including strategic alliances in Milan and Rome, Italy. The firm has been recognized as the fastest growing law firm in the United States over the last five years and is the 7th largest law firm in the country. In addition, Chambers and Partners, world leaders in client-led intelligence on the legal profession, through a panel of independent judges, selected Greenberg Traurig as "2007 U.S. Law Firm of the Year." In 2008, Cesar was honored by Chambers and Partners with its "Lifetime Achievement Award" and by the American Bar Association with their "Spirit of Excellence Award." Prior to becoming CEO of the firm, Cesar practiced securities, corporate and international law for more than 25 years. He has represented numerous public companies and serves on the board of directors of several publicly traded corporations and charitable organizations. Cesar has been recognized nationally and in his community for his professional, business and charitable leadership. He has been recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," by The National Law Journal in 1997, 2000 and 2006 (the last 3 editions), one of the top most powerful Hispanics by PODER's Power Issue, and "The 25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine's Power Issue, both in 2008.

Miami-Dade Community CollegeAA 1967University of FloridaBS 1969University of FloridaMBA 1970University of Florida Levin College of LawJ.D. 1972

Case History

Professional & Community Involvement
  • Board Member, National Council of La Raza, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Start Kids Bright, Inc. (f/k/a National Center for Excellence in Early Education, Inc.), Board of Directors
  • Chair, Florida International University College of Law, Advisory Board
  • Former Chairman, The Florida Bar, Securities Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association 
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member, Cuban Detainees in Guantanamo, Executive Committee
  • Member, Miami Business Forum (Non Group)
  • Member, The Florida Council of 100
  • Member, United Way of Miami-Dade
    • Member, Advisory Council
    • Chairman, Board of Directors, 2003-2005
    • Campaign Chair, 2001-2002

Part 2
  • Participant, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Miami-Dade County
  • Trustee, Florida Free Trade Area of the Americas
  • Trustee, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
  • Board Member, Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-Present
  • Board Member, Take Stock in Children, Board of Directors, 2011-Present
  • Member, University of Miami School of Law, Visiting Committee, 2009-Present
  • Trustee, Florida International University, 2008-Present
  • Vice Chairman, Trustee and Chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Audit Committee, 2000-2012
  • Trustee, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2006-2011
  • Chair, American Bar Association, Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, 2010
  • Board Member, Florida International University Foundation, Board of Directors, 1998-2008
  • Trustee, Miami Dade College, 2005-2007
  • Board Member, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc., Board of Directors, 2004-2007
  • Trustee, Manhattanville College, 2002-2007
  • Chair, Mesa Redonda, South Florida Hispanic Business Group, 2001-2004
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law, 1993-2014
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Miami International Trade and Finance Law, 2013
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "South Florida's Top Lawyers," 2011-2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A, 2012
  • Listed, PODER magazine
    • "75 Most Influential Hispanics in 2010," December/January 2011
    • "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of PODER, 2008
    • "The 100 Most Powerful Latinos," (International Edition), 2003-2004
    • "One of the 50 Most Powerful People in South Florida," The Power Issue (Miami Edition), 2003-2004
  • Listed, South Florida Business Leader magazine, "Business Leader of the Year," Legal Category, 2010 
  • Recipient, The Scopus Award, American Friends of the Hebrew University, July 2010
  • Recipient, "Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy," United Way of Miami-Dade Tocqueville Society, March 2009
  • Recipient, "Spirit of Excellence" Award, American Bar Association, 2008
  • Listed, Florida Trend Magazine
    • "Top Managing Partner," 2004-2006, 2008
    • "Legal Elite," 2004-2005
Part 2
  • Recipient, "Lifetime Achievement" Award, Chambers USA Awards for Excellence, 2008
  • Listed, The National Law Journal
    • "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," May 2008
    • "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," 1997, 2000, 2006 (Last Three Editions)
  • Recipient, "President's Award of Merit," The Florida Bar, May 2008
  • Listed, Hispanic Magazine, "25 Best Latinos in Business," The Power Issue, February 2008
  • Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, 2007-2008
  • Listed, Lawdragon 3000, "Leading Lawyers in America," 2006
  • Recipient, MultiCultural Law magazine, "CEO of the Year," 2006
  • Listed, South Florida CEO magazine
    • Power Issue, April 2005
    • "100 Most Powerful People in South Florida," December 2002
  • Recipient, FIU Medallion, Florida International University, 2005
  • Listed, Ocean Drive - En Español
    • "Miami's New Power Players," June 2005
    • "Top 100 Most Powerful Players," June 2005
Part 3
  • Recipient, South Florida Business Journal
    • "South Florida Ultimate CEO" Award, 2004
    • Diversity Works! Advocate-Individual Award, February 2004
  • Inducted, Hall of Fame, Miami-Dade Community College, 2003
  • Recipient, New American Award, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., 2003
  • Recipient, Silver Medallion for Service to Humanity Award, The National Conference for Community and Justice (formally National Conference of Christians and Jews), 2003
  • Listed, The Miami Herald, "The Power Dozen: The Most Influential Business People in Miami-Dade County," December 2003
  • Recipient, Golden Castanets Award, Ballet Hispanico, 2002
  • Listed, Miami Business Magazine, "100 Most Powerful People in Miami," 2001
  • Recipient, "Attorney of the Year" Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2001
  • Listed, Hispanic Business, "100 Most Influential Hispanics," 1996-1998
  • Recipient, Humanitarian of the Year Award, Women's International Zionist Organization, 1997
  • Recipient, Pro-Bono Award, Cuban-American Bar Association
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Office Location

333 SE Second Avenue, Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Miami Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in International Trade and Finance Law of the Miami Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Miami Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in International Trade and Finance Law of the Miami Metro Area
Cesar L. Alvarez has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Cesar L. Alvarez has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Cesar L. Alvarez has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Cesar L. Alvarez has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law

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