Miami attorney Hilarie Bass will lead American Bar Association

Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.
Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig. Miami Herald staff

Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass will take the reins of the American Bar Association in 2017.

The ABA is the most important private organization for lawyers in the United States. It announced Monday that Bass is its selection for the post of president-elect nominee. If elected in August, she will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming president in 2017.

Bass is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and led the school’s law review as editor. She now sits on the university’s Board of trustees. In 2014, shedonated $1 million to the law school, which she attended on scholarship. As a litigator, she led the effort to overturn Florida’s ban on gay couples adopting children and also went after Chinese companies for selling defective drywall to the U.S.

“Throughout Hilarie’s career at Greenberg Traurig, her remarkable achievements, and contributions to our firm, our profession, and our community have consistently distinguished both her and our firm,” Richard Rosenbaum, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, said in a statement. “Now, as we share in the excitement surrounding Hilarie’s selection to this prestigious bar position, we once again have another reason to take pride in Hilarie for this accomplishment that few attorneys in the profession have the opportunity to attain.