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Greenberg Traurig Grabs Team from Squire Patton Boggs (1)

Dec. 21, 2018, 7:56 PMUpdated: Dec. 21, 2018, 9:13 PM

Greenberg Traurig has hired a team of three real estate lawyers from Squire Patton Boggs in its most recent effort to grow in Phoenix, the firm announced Thursday.

Shareholder Stan Johnson and associates Andrew Yocopis and Roger Bond Choquette are the latest in a string of hires for Greenberg Traurig’s Arizona outpost.

Earlier in 2018, the firm hired litigator Michael Liburdi, government law & policy attorney Daniel Seiden, labor and employment attorney Michael Mason, hospitality and real estate attorney Caroline Pricher, and corporate and tax attorney Jake B. Smith.

“Greenberg Traurig continues to strategically grow in Phoenix,” Nicole M. Goodwin, the office’s managing shareholder, said in a statement. “Stan, Andrew, and Roger add depth to our Real Estate team and will make an immediate impact.”

The hire of the three attorneys also builds on the Miami-based firm’s expanding real estate practice, according to practice co-chairs Robert J. Ivanhoe, Corey E. Light, and Richard J. Giusto. They said in a statement that their team is committed to providing local, global and cross-sector real estate expertise.

Greenberg Traurig has grown to more than 2,100 attorneys in total in 38 offices across the globe. There are 43 attorneys currently working in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Johnson, who was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said he expects Greenberg Traurig’s real estate practice and Phoenix office to continue to grow in 2019.

“One of the focuses of my practice is master planned community development, representing developers and land bankers, which has kept me very busy, as home-builder demand for residential lots remains strong,” he told Bloomberg Law via email. “I also represent investors and developers in single family home rental communities, an increasingly popular segment of the market.”

Yocopis concentrates on commercial properties including multifamily and mixed-use developments, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial sites, master-planned communities, hospitals and hotels, according to the firm. Bond-Choquette works with both national and international clients on finance, land acquisition and leasing matters.

The trio weren’t the only new hires at Greenberg Traurig this week. On Friday, the firm announced it had also hired Niya Tang as a private equity shareholder in its New York office. Tang joins the firm from Kramer Levin, where she advised clients on the tax aspects of funds, M&A, restructurings and other financial transactions.

((Added quotes from Stan Johnson))

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Russell-Kraft in New York at srussellkraft@gmail.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com