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 top 100 U.S. law firm recognized by Financial Times as among the most forward thinking firms in the industry. Its more than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world's most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. Akerman is known for its results in middle market M&A and complex disputes, and for helping clients achieve their most important business objectives in the financial services, real estate, and other dynamic sectors across the United States and Latin America.

Corporate, M&A, and Capital Markets: Advise public and private companies, including private equity funds, on M&A, capital markets transactions, financings, and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market.

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

Litigation: Trial lawyers in offices throughout the United States recognized for experience in civil, criminal, and general commercial litigation, appellate, and international arbitration matters.

Consumer Financial Services: Represent banks and non-bank consumer debt originators and servicers in the areas of litigation, compliance, regulatory enforcement, and repurchase and recovery litigation, with an emphasis on investigating and prosecuting origination fraud.

Intellectual Property: Represent clients worldwide in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and the internet.

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

Bankruptcy and Reorganization: Serve as counsel or receiver in large bankruptcy filings. Also represent financial institutions and mortgage holders in workouts, and other secured creditors in Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Healthcare: Recognized for experience in regulatory, risk management, and corporate matters. Represent hospitals and health systems, health insurers and managed care organizations, physician practice groups, pharmacy-related organizations, and other industry stakeholders.

Labor and Employment: Represent employers in every major sector with all aspects of labor relations and employment law compliance and litigation, workplace safety, immigration, and non-compete and trade secret issues.

Tax: Advise domestic and foreign corporations, individuals, and nonprofit institutions on international, federal, state, and local tax issues, including tax planning, audit defense, tax litigation, controversy, and legislation.

Government Affairs and Public Policy: Bi-partisan team of lawyers and public policy advisers experienced in appropriations, transportation, hospitality, healthcare, education, Native American affairs, and local government matters.

Management

David I. Spector
Chairman and CEO
Andrew M. Smulian
Chairman Emeritus
Beth Alcalde
Office Managing Partner, Palm Beach County
Justin D. Balser
Office Managing Partner, Denver
Brit T. Brown
Office Managing Partner, Houston
Charles T. Brumback, Jr.
Office Managing Partner, Orlando
Irene Bassel Frick
Office Managing Partner, Tampa
Christian P. George
Office Managing Partner, Jacksonville
Scott Marrs
Regional Managing Partner - Texas
Scott A. Meyers
Office Managing Partner, Chicago
Neisen O. Kasdin
Office Managing Partner, Miami
Laurence S. Kurth
Office Managing Partner, San Antonio
Carlos E. Méndez-Peñate
Office Managing Partner, New York
Bruce D. Platt
Office Managing Partner, Tallahassee
George W. Powell, Jr.
Office Managing Partner, Naples
Leslie Miller Tomczak
Office Managing Partner, Fort Lauderdale
Robert H. Scott
Office Managing Partner, Salt Lake City
Ben Slater, III
Office Managing Partner, New Orleans
Richard L. Spees
Office Managing Partner, Washington D.C.
Ariel E. Stern
Office Managing Partner, Las Vegas
C. Charles Townsend
Office Managing Partner, Dallas
Sue Zabloudil
Office Managing Partner, Los Angeles

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Florida in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law with 11 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 12 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 City Awards

  • Top Listed in Tallahassee in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Fort Lauderdale in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Miami in Insurance Law with 5 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 Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 8 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 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jacksonville in Securitization and Structured Finance 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

Contacts

Amanda Velazquez
Communications Specialist
305-374-5600

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
  • 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
  • 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

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(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 Northwest 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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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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Georgia

Georgia

Atlanta, GA

1230 Peachtree Street, NE, 19th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30309

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(404) 733.9803

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Illinois

Illinois

Chicago, IL

71 South Wacker Drive, 47th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606

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(312) 634.5700

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Louisiana

Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

601 Poydras Street, Suite 2200

New Orleans, LA 70130

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(504) 586.1241

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Nevada

Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

1635 Village Center Circle, Suite 200

Las Vegas, NV 89134

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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

500 West Second Street, Suite 1900

Austin, TX 78701

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(737) 999.7100

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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

112 East Pecan Street, Suite 2750

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 725

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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