The leadership succession plan announced by Greenberg Traurig a year ago is now complete. CEO Cesar Alvarez, who joined the Miami-based firm as its 13th lawyer in 1973, stepped aside last week to let the firm’s president, Richard Rosenbaum, assume the role of chief executive.

Greenberg has touted the ultimate authority of its CEO as one of the strengths that allowed the firm to increase its head count by 450 percent since Alvarez took control in 1997, according to this March 2007 feature story on the firm by The American Lawyer‘s Amy Kolz.