Cesar is the past Chief Executive Officer and current Senior Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. During his 13 year tenure as CEO, which began in 1997, he headed the leadership team that created one of the Top 10 law firms in the United States by growing the firm from 325 lawyers in eight offices to approximately 1,850 attorneys in more than 36 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, including strategic alliances in Milan and Rome, Italy. During his tenure, the firm was recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in the United States. Cesar was the only Hispanic to lead a Top 10 law firm in the United States.
At the age of 13, Cesar emigrated from Cuba with his family to escape the brutal communist dictatorship of the Castro brothers. 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 13th 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 publicly traded companies and served on the board of directors of several private and publicly traded companies and charitable organizations. He has been recognized nationally and in his community for his professional, business and charitable leadership.
Cesar has been honored as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal in 1997, 2000, and 2006, as one of the top most powerful Hispanics by PODER’s Power Issue, and among “The 25 Best Latinos in Business,” Hispanic Magazine’s Power Issue. He also has been honored with the Chambers and Partners’ “Lifetime Achievement” Award, Lawdragon “Hall of Fame” Inductee, American Bar Association’s “Spirit of Excellence” Award, and The Florida Bar’s “President’s Award of Merit.”
He serves on the boards of Florida International University, University of Miami School of Law Visiting Committee, and Chairs the Florida International University College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council. He served as the Chair of United Way of Miami Dade and has served on the boards of several educational institutions, including Miami Dade College and Manhattanville College.
Cesar also serves as a director of several publicly-traded corporations: He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mednax, Inc. (NYSE: MD), a national provider of physician services, including newborn, maternal-fetal, pediatric subspecialties, and anesthesia care; and as a director of Fairholme Funds, Inc., a family of publicly traded focused investment funds; Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leading biotechnology company; The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a real estate development company; and Sears Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SHLD), a national integrated retailer with physical and intangible assets.