In a move that appears to make it the first major U.S. law firm with an on-the-ground presence in Israel, Greenberg Traurig announced Tuesday that it plans to open an office in Tel Aviv next month.

The Tel Aviv office will initially be staffed by current partners who will spend big chunks of time there without permanently relocating, according to Greenberg CEO Richard Rosenbaum. The next step, Rosenbaum says, is to hire up to five U.S. or United Kingdom–trained lawyers to staff the office full time.