Kevin Greenberg.
Kevin Greenberg. (Courtesy photo)

Government and corporate lawyer Kevin Greenberg has left Flaster Greenberg, taking his practice to 1,800-lawyer Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg, who is not related to the name partner of either firm, has represented a number of Pennsylvania elected officials as well as private-sector clients. He said his practice is split about evenly between government and corporate work, with some overlap between the two.

For his new, much larger firm, the hire adds a locally connected government lawyer in Philadelphia, where Greenberg Traurig has an office of more than 35 lawyers.

“What we were missing is the government relations aspect of it,” said Michael Lehr, managing shareholder of the Philadelphia office. “Kevin’s focus is much more regional and local. He needs that national platform to grow his regional focus.”

Lehr said Greenberg will also be “complementary and additive” in practice areas where the Philadelphia office is already active, such as corporate law, real estate and health care.

Greenberg said the move presented him the opportunity to grow his practice outside the Pennsylvania region with certain clients, particularly on the transactional side. He also expects to benefit from the large number of lawyers at his new firm and their unique niches, he said.

“There’s a team of folks here who can augment what I do across the board,” Greenberg said. “There are some terrific people in Philadelphia and nationally.”

Greenberg joined Flaster Greenberg in 2007. Before that, he was Philadelphia’s chief deputy city solicitor for economic development and investments. He has served on the transition committees of Gov. Tom Wolf, former President Barack Obama, former Philadelphia Mayor John Street and former Gov. Ed Rendell. He is a director of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and has served as a director of the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp.

Going from one firm with “Greenberg” in its name to another was purely coincidence, Greenberg said. In fact, he said, he’s endured some ribbing over it.

“I paused before making the move because that was an issue,” he said. But “it’s an honor to have the question asked” of whether he is related to the name partners who share his surname.

Greenberg Traurig opened its Philadelphia office in 1997 with three lawyers, including Lehr. Lehr said the Philadelphia office has no “compulsion” to grow, but that Greenberg represented a chance to add “another top-notch attorney.”

“We’re perfectly content at our current size and current practice mix,” Lehr said.

Flaster Greenberg managing partner Alan Zuckerman said Greenberg was a “valued” attorney, but he understands his desire to move to a different platform.

Lizzy McLellan can be contacted at 215-557-2493 or lmclellan@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @LizzyMcLellTLI.