The Chicago office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) at their annual benefit luncheon on Oct. 18 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Each year, LCA presents the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award to individuals and organizations that have had a profound impact on the development of arts and culture in Chicago. This year’s fellow honorees included world famous opera singer and soprano Renée Fleming; Anthony Freud of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Michael Clark, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP.

Attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office have contributed countless hours of litigation and transactional pro bono matters for LCA and, as a result, have built a strong relationship with the organization. Shareholder Francis A. Citera serves on the Board of Directors and Shareholder Brett M. Doran is a member of the Associates Board. Various attorneys have also handled matters for LCA throughout the year, bringing their expertise and passion for the arts to help LCA clients in transactional matters, intellectual property matters, and dozens of other interesting and rewarding issues.

One such case includes the representation of cover band “Led Zeppelin II” in a four-year litigation against one of its former members alleging breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression and a significant damages claim of hundreds of thousands of dollars after a band member left the group. Greenberg Traurig attorneys were successful in dismissing a number of the filed claims, resulting in a favorable settlement for the band. The team involved included Shareholder Howard K. Jeruchimowitz and Associates Caitlyn E. Haller, Kyle L. Flynn, Aaron S. Klein, and Lucia L. Marker-Moore.

LCA Executive Director, Jan Feldman, stated, “Howard Jeruchimowitz’s team did the kind of work on this case that one hopes to see in contentious matters – skillful legal representation combined with a willingness to work toward a compromise that enables the parties to get on with their lives.”

Greenberg Traurig looks forward to many more years of collaboration with LCA. “Support for the arts is an important part of the human endeavor,” said Citera. “I am proud of Greenberg Traurig’s efforts on behalf of LCA.”

About Greenberg Traurig’s Pro Bono Program

Greenberg Traurig lawyers across the firm’s offices provide pro bono legal services to the undeserved, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. The firm focuses its resources on specialized and interrelated issues including civil rights and affirmative action, anti-human trafficking, family law matters, criminal appeals, immigration and political asylum, housing and homelessness.

About Greenberg Traurig – Chicago

Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office strives to be as dynamic and diverse as the city it calls home. Since its inception in 1999, it has grown from three attorneys to nearly 160 today. Lawyers in Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office represent a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative start-ups, and practice in nearly every major practice area and industry. Offering local knowledge and broad experience, Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago lawyers work with their colleagues in Greenberg Traurig’s other offices in the United States and abroad to help clients achieve their objectives locally, nationally, and globally.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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