Alumni Events

2015-02-07
01:00 PM

Inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame Induction

Since its inception almost 75 years ago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade (BGCMD) has provided children of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams. To celebrate the accomplishments of former Boys...

Alumni Chairman

Cesar Alvarez

Cesar L. Alvarez currently serves as the Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. Prior to this appointment, Cesar served the firm as its Executive Chairman for more than 3 year, and as its Chief Executive Office for 13 years. He began his tenure as CEO in 1997 when the firm had 325 lawyers in eight offices and directed the firm through its growth to approximately 1850 attorneys and government professionals in more than 30 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, including strategic alliances in Milan and Rome, Italy. The firm has been recognized as the fastest growing law firm in the United States and is the 7th largest law firm in the country. In addition, Chambers and Partners, world leaders in client-led intelligence on the legal profession, through a panel of independent judges, selected Greenberg Traurig as “2007 U.S. Law Firm of the Year.” In 2008, Cesar was honored by Chambers and Partners with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” and by the American Bar Association (ABA) with their “Spirit of Excellence.” Cesar served as the first ABA Chair (2010-2013) of the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

In 1960, Cesar and his family fled Communist Cuba and immigrated to the United States as political refugees. Within a week of reaching the United States, Cesar’s father told him and his siblings that they were never returning to Cuba. They should always remember and be proud of their Cuban and Hispanic heritage, assimilate into the American culture, become Americans, and take advantage of the opportunities provided by this country.

As a way of integrating Cesar in the American way of life and teaching him the benefits of competitive sports, his parents discovered the Northwest Boys’ Club as it was then known, a few blocks from their home. Cesar and his brothers were welcomed with open arms and for the next 4 years of his life, the Boys’ Club was his second home and one that taught him sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work and a passion for success.

The family had very modest means, but made college and professional education a mandatory family value. Cesar received his Bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from the University of Florida. These degrees were financed by a $10,000 loan from the United States government. It was the opportunity to get an education provided to him that allowed him to become a lawyer and eventually be the first Hispanic to lead and build a top 10 law firm in the United States.

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