Advisory Board

The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors is an esteemed group of distinguished legal professionals from around the world. Almost 400 organizations are currently represented including leaders from many of the world's preeminent law firms and general counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.

  • 439 Members

  • 389 Lawyers

  • 45 Corporate Counsel

  • 395 Organizations

  • 61 Countries

Advisory Board Spotlight

Andrew M. Smulian

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Akerman LLP

Andrew Smulian has served as Akerman's Chairman and CEO since 2008, transforming the firm through strategic growth, a commitment to advancing client-driven initiatives, and a focus on building a culture of collaborative innovation. Under Andrew’s leadership, Akerman has grown into a powerhouse law firm with more than 650 lawyers and business professionals who serve clients across the Americas from 24 offices nationwide, including New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington D.C.

Stephen M. Forte is the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. In his role as Managing Partner and Chairman, Steve oversees the strategic growth and direction of the firm by cultivating strong relationships with clients and the community.  As a leader, he understands the importance of being connected to the business community in order to develop a strategy for the anticipated business needs of the firm’s clients.  With more than 35 years of legal experience, Steve has maintained a full-time litigation practice in addition to his leadership responsibilities. He has been recognized by several legal publications and directories.  Steve sits on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is a frequent lecturer at Emory University on Italian culture.  

Mehmet Gün is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association and is fluent in English and Turkish. His core practice areas are corporate and M&A, finance, and life sciences. He attended Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul (LL.B., 1980)and Çanakkale Teaching College, Çanakkale (1976).

Robert Giles

Managing Partner Emeritus

Perkins Coie LLP

Bob Giles served as the firm’s managing partner from 1986 through 2014, overseeing the firm's growth to more than 1,000 attorneys in 19 different offices.  He continues to assist on a number of administrative and special projects. Bob began at Perkins Coie in 1974.  He focused his practice in the areas of partnerships, tax planning, real estate syndications and general corporate practice.
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Advisory Board Meeting

Bringing together the distinguished members of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board for discussions about management of law firms and in-house legal departments.

  • Wednesday - Thursday

    May 11 - 12, 2016

    Event Starts at 1:00 PM

  • Metropolitan Opera House

    30 Lincoln Center Plaza

    New York, NY 10023

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