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Who’s Who In Black Profile: Ernest Greer

Ernest Greer, a St. Louis native, is a President of Greenberg Traurig, a firm of over 2,100 attorneys and 41 locations. Ernest is one of the highest ranking African-Americans in a global law firm.

Ernest has served in several leadership roles within his law firm, including Vice President of the firm (2013-2015) and the Atlanta office’s Managing Shareholder for nearly a decade. Throughout the course of his career he has also maintained an active legal practice, trying cases across the country. His practice consists of the representation of clients in various complex litigation matters, including class action litigation, contracts (suits on account and guarantee/indemnity agreements), trademarks, products liability, non-competes, employment, partnership disputes and other commercial litigation matters. Ernest has wide-ranging trial experience representing clients in multimillion-dollar actions in complex commercial litigation, including securing a $30 million verdict following a two-week jury trial in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia.

Ernest is widely recognized for his professional and charitable leadership. Through professional affiliations and personal commitments, Ernest prioritizes service to his community and is a long supporter of education, the arts, public health, and human rights. He currently serves on the boards for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, Achieve Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Atlanta Police Foundation. Ernest is currently the Director of Buckhead Coalition, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Guardsman, Inc.

In 2014, Ernest served as the chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and was the first lawyer to serve in this capacity in the Chamber’s more than 100-year history. Other past board memberships include the Center for Civil & Human Rights, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, and The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors, which he joined at former President Carter’s request.

His accomplishments have been recognized by many industry publications and organizations, including the National Law Journal (Equality Trailblazer), Atlanta magazine (Atlanta 500 – The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Atlanta; Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia; Philanthropist of the Year), Atlanta Business Chronicle (Most Admired CEO; Corporate Diversity Champion), the Daily Report (Distinguished Leader), National Bar Association (Sankofa Award), Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners USA, Georgia Super Lawyers (Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia), and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite”. In 2018, Ernest was inducted into the Gate City Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Ernest is married to his college sweetheart, Patrice Brown Greer, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Kendall and Lauryn.

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