NEW YORK, April 29, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Networ…

NEW YORK, April 29, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced today that John M. Elias has joined the firm as a Shareholder in the Trusts and Estates Department in the New Jersey office. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Elias was a Director at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C. and a member of the Corporate Department and Chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group.

He focuses his practice on the representation of high net worth individuals, whose estate and income tax liabilities are reduced through the creation of comprehensive estate plans, including the use of charitable trusts and foundations, non-charitable trusts and business entities; the preparation of succession plans for closely held businesses; the representation of individual and corporate fiduciaries; and the representation of clients in tax disputes.

“John’s extensive experience makes him an excellent addition to our growing trusts and estates practice,” said Philip R. Sellinger, Managing Shareholder of the New Jersey office. “His extensive knowledge of comprehensive estate plans as well as all aspects of the trusts and estates industry supplements the existing capability of our group and enhances our ability to serve our clients.”

Mr. Elias earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University (1989), his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1980), and his A.B., cum laude from Boston College (1977).

About Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1,350 attorneys and governmental professionals in 27 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, including strategic alliances with Studio Santa Maria in Milan and Rome, Italy; and Hayabusa Kokusai Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan. The firm is ranked No. 8 as reported in The National Law Journal’s listing of the largest law firms in the U.S. Greenberg Traurig locations: Albany, NY; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Atlanta, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Milan, Italy; Morristown, NJ; New York, NY; Orange County, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Rome, Italy; Silicon Valley, CA; Tallahassee, FL; Tokyo, Japan; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, D.C.; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington, DE; and Zurich, Switzerland. For additional information, please visit the firm’s Web site at

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