Firm Profile

Akerman LLP

Headquarters

Three Brickell City Centre, Suite 1100
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Miami, FL 33131
United States
(305) 374.5600

Firm Details

Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2016). Akerman also is ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2016). More information can be found at akerman.com or twitter.com/akerman_law.

Corporate: Leading corporate, M&A, private equity, securities/capital markets, and securities regulation team. Advise public and private companies, including private equity funds, on M&A, securities offerings, financings and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market.

Litigation: Trial lawyers in offices throughout the U.S. with vast experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Real Estate: Substantial experience in complex transactions, development and construction projects, economic development incentives, environmental matters, public-private initiatives, and litigation.

Tax: Represents financial services companies, national retailers, and technology and software companies in state and local tax planning, controversy, legislation, audit defense, and litigation.

Fraud & Recovery: Provide comprehensive fraud management services for clients in the financial services, insurance, healthcare, and retail industries with a focus on fraud litigation, Ponzi schemes, and corporate theft.

Bankruptcy & Reorganization: Team of bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and reorganization lawyers with particular strength in representing financial institutions as well as experience in SEC matters, including Ponzi scheme cases.

Intellectual Property: Deep industry experience with intellectual property matters involving biomedical devices, electrical engineering, information technology, telecommunications, healthcare, entertainment, and sports.

Healthcare: Providing counsel on complex regulatory, risk management, and corporate matters to hospitals and health systems, pharmacy-related organizations, health insurers and managed care organizations, and other industry stakeholders.

Government Affairs & Public Policy: Bi-partisan team located in Washington, D.C., New York, and Florida. Experience in appropriations, education, healthcare, insurance, transportation and infrastructure, Native American affairs, and international trade.

Labor & Employment: Represents employers in virtually every major industry with all aspects of labor and employment law compliance and litigation, workplace safety, immigration, and non-compete/trade secret issues.

Trusts, Estates & Family Services: Counsel to high-net worth individuals and families, providing personalized strategies for estate planning, wealth and business preservation, probate, trust and guardianship administration and litigation, family and marital law, and employee and retirement benefits.

Management

Andrew M. Smulian
Chairman and CEO
Beth Alcalde
Office Managing Partner, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach
Scott A. Meyers
Office Managing Partner, Chicago
C. Charles Townsend
Office Managing Partner, Dallas
Justin D. Balser
Office Managing Partner, Denver and Los Angeles
Eric D. Rapkin
Office Managing Partner, Fort Lauderdale
John B. Macdonald
Office Managing Partner, Jacksonville
Ariel E. Stern
Office Managing Partner, Las Vegas
Richard L. Spees
Office Managing Partner, Madison, Vienna, and Washington D.C.
Neisen O. Kasdin
Office Managing Partner, Miami
George W. Powell, Jr.
Office Managing Partner, Naples
Steven P. Polivy
Office Managing Partner, New York
Charles T. Brumback, Jr.
Office Managing Partner, Orlando
Robert H. Scott
Office Managing Partner, Salt Lake City
Silvia M. Alderman
Office Managing Partner, Tallahassee
David M. Doney
Office Managing Partner, Tampa

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Florida in International Mergers & Acquisitions with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 8 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 11 lawyers
  • Top Listed in District of Columbia in Litigation - Construction with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Litigation - Real Estate with 14 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Securitization and Structured Finance Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Florida in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Miami in Corporate Law with 10 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Insurance Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in International Mergers & Acquisitions with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jacksonville in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Lauderdale in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Washington in Litigation - Construction with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Lauderdale in Litigation - Real Estate with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jacksonville in Litigation - Real Estate with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jacksonville in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Lauderdale in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Securities Regulation with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jacksonville in Securitization and Structured Finance Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers

Awards

  • The National Law Journal NLJ 350: Ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S.
  • Benchmark Litigation: Law Firm of the Year for Diversity (South)
  • Benchmark Litigation: “Highly Recommended” Litigation Firm (Florida)
  • Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Law Firm of the Year (Florida)
  • Benchmark Appellate: “Highly Recommended” Eleventh Circuit Litigation Firm (Florida)
  • Chambers Latin America: Recognized for International Arbitration - Commercial (Latin America-Wide)
  • The Legal 500: Ranked for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - M&A: Middle Market (U.S.)
  • The Legal 500: Ranked for Labor and Employment - Immigration (U.S.)
  • The Legal 500: Ranked for Construction (U.S.)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Antitrust (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Banking & Finance (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Construction (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Litigation: General Commercial (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Real Estate (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Healthcare (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Insurance (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Labor & Employment (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Tax (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Florida)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Environment (Florida)
  • Benchmark Litigation: "Recommended" Litigation Firm (Virginia)
  • The Legal 500: Ranked for Real Estate (U.S.)
  • Chambers Global: Recognized for International Arbitration - Commercial (Latin America-Wide)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Construction (Virginia)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Florida)
  • The Legal 500: Ranked for Land Use/Zoning (U.S.)
  • Law360: Ranked among the top 100 law firms in the world
  • The American Lawyer: Ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity
  • Chambers USA: Recognized for Immigration (Florida)
  • Am Law 200: Ranked 108 among the largest law firms in the U.S.
  • Florida Trend: Ranked largest law firm in Florida
  • Law360: Ranked as a Powerhouse Law Firm in Florida
  • Corporate Equality Index: Ranked among the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" with a 100% rating
  • MultiCultural Law: Ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity and women
  • MultiCultural Law: Ranked among the top 25 law firms for Hispanic Americans
  • Chambers USA: Construction (U.S.)

Clients

  • Autonation
  • Bank of America
  • BP America
  • ComVest Investment Partners
  • Florida East Coast Industries
  • OPKO Health
  • PNC Bank
  • RedZone Capital Management
  • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Swire Properties
  • The Geo Group, Inc.
  • TriVest Partners

Attorneys

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Firm Practice Areas

  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Patent Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law

Office Locations

United States

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California

California

Los Angeles, CA

601 West Fifth Street, Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90071

United States

(213) 688.9500

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Colorado

Colorado

Denver, CO

1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1700

Denver, CO 80202

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(303) 260.7712

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

750 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001

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(202) 393.6222

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Florida

Florida

Boca Raton, FL

1875 NW Corporate Boulevard, Suite 275

Boca Raton, FL 33431

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(561) 862.4000

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

350 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1600

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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(954) 463.2700

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Jacksonville, FL

50 North Laura Street, Suite 3100

Jacksonville, FL 32202

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(904) 798.3700

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Miami, FL

Three Brickell City Centre, Suite 1100

98 Southeast Seventh Street

Miami, FL 33131

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(305) 374.5600

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Naples, FL

9128 Strada Place, Suite 10205

Naples, FL 34108

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(239) 449.5600

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Orlando, FL

420 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1200

Orlando, FL 32801

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(407) 423.4000

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Palm Beach, FL

251 Royal Palm Way, Suite 215

Palm Beach, FL 33480

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(561) 659.8660

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Tallahassee, FL

106 East College Avenue, 12th Floor

Tallahassee, FL 32301

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(850) 224.9634

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Tampa, FL

401 East Jackson Street, Suite 1700

Tampa, FL 33602

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(813) 223.7333

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West Palm Beach, FL

West Tower, Suite 1100

777 South Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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(561) 653.5000

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Illinois

Illinois

Chicago, IL

71 South Wacker Drive, 46th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606

United States

(312) 634.5700

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Louisiana

Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Pan-American Life Center, Suite 2200

601 Poydras Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 586.1241

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Nevada

Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

1160 Town Center Drive, Suite 330

Las Vegas, NV 89144

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(702) 634.5000

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New York

New York

New York, NY

666 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor

New York, NY 10103

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(212) 880.3800

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Texas

Texas

Austin, TX

700 Lavaca Street, Suite 1400

Austin, TX 78701

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(512) 623.6700

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Dallas, TX

2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 3600

Dallas, TX 75201

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(214) 720.4300

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Houston, TX

1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 2500

Houston, TX 77056

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(713) 623.0887

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San Antonio, TX

Weston Centre, Suite 2750

112 East Pecan Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

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(210) 582.0220

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Utah

Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

170 South Main Street, Suite 950

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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(801) 907.6900

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Madison, WI

One South Pinckney Street, Suite 700

Madison, WI 53703

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(608) 257.5335

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