Cesar L. Alvarez, Esq. is senior chairman of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Alvarez previously served as Greenberg Traurig’s chief executive officer for 13 years and executive chairman for more than three years. Under Cesar’s leadership, the firm was recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in the United States and is among the Top 10 law firms in the country.
At the age of 13, Cesar immigrated from Cuba in 1960 with his family to escape communism. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1972 with his Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor, he joined Greenberg Traurig as its 9th lawyer. Before taking the helm as CEO, Cesar practiced securities, corporate and international law for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has represented numerous public companies and served on the board of directors of several publicly traded corporations and charitable organizations
Alvarez has been honored as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal in 1997, 2000, and 2006 (the last three editions), as one of the topmost powerful Hispanics by PODER‘s Power Issue, and among “The 25 Best Latinos in Business,” Hispanic Magazine’s Power Issue, both in 2008. He also has been honored by Chambers and Partners with its “Lifetime Achievement” Award and by the American Bar Association with its “Spirit of Excellence” Award, and in 2020 he received the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) Lifetime Achievement Award
Alvarez currently serves as Chair of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Board of Trustees, as member of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Academic Policy and Student Affairs Committee of Florida International University, as a member of the University of Miami School of Law Visiting Committee, and Chairs the Florida International University College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, including, in the past, serving on the boards of Miami Dade College and Manhattanville College. Cesar served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, as well as Chair of the United Way of Miami Dade.