David Ackerman is one of the three founding partners of the firm and concentrates his practice on business litigation, legal ethics & professional malpractice cases and class action litigation. Board certified in business litigation, David’s practice area also includes employment, finance and securities litigation & arbitration.
David is a member of the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh and Seventh Circuits; United States District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; and The Florida Bar.
David has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to lawyers by their peers for legal ability and professional ethical standards. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2003 in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and securities litigation. He was named Lawyer of the Year byBest Lawyers® in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. David is ranked among the “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, a list that represents fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members and he was selected to their “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” in 2014; he has been selected to Florida Super Lawyers from 2006-2016; and is listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.
In addition to his active law practice, David has been a leader within the legal organization and helped establish the firm’s culture of giving back among the legal community and communities where the firm does business. He is a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow and past-member of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, previously serving as co-chair of the Judicial Liaison Committee and chair of the Law School Liaison and Business Litigation committees. David is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where he served as chair of the Professionalism and Commercial Litigation committees and received the Professionalism Award for individuals who exemplify the highest ideals of ethics within the legal system. David has served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth District Court of Appeal and is past-chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County. He is an emeritus member and past-president of the Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, formerly serving on the Federal Civil Procedure Committee and as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Florida State Committee. He has worked on College programs for law students, teaching trial advocacy to public interest attorneys and access to justice. He was appointed by the Chief Judge to the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Mediation for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. His community passion is The Salvation Army, where he has been an advocate and volunteer since 1992, and currently serves on its Advisory Board and a number of its committees.
Primary Practice Areas
- Complex Business Litigation
- Securities Litigation & Arbitration
- Legal Ethics & Professional Malpractice
- Class Action Litigation