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Akerman Senterfitt

Akerman serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. We are ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2011) in number of lawyers and we are the largest firm in Florida. Our team has been recognized by Chambers USA and other industry publications for its market leading practices in the areas of corporate, banking, finance, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate, environmental, insurance, healthcare, taxation, and labor & employment.

Corporate

  • "First-rate firm which has a steadfast presence throughout Florida. It has the most sizable team of corporate practitioners in the state, and is often seen handling the biggest deals." (Chambers USA)
  • "Akerman Senterfitt is one of the top law firms in the U.S. in terms of quality of work." (The Legal 500)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, and Securities Regulation Law categories
  • The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts law firms for Middle-Market in the U.S.
  • Chambers USA: #1 Corporate practice in Florida; recognized as market leader in Florida since 2003 for Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity in Florida
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Leading Corporate M&A law firm in Miami, FL
  • Corporate Counsel magazine: "Go To" law firm for corporate transactions/M&As
  • SPAC Report by Deal Flow Media: Listed among top law firms in the U.S. for SPAC IPOs and is ranked #3 in the U.S. in terms of number of deals completed and #6 in dollar volume
  • International Bar Association's Who's Who Legal Florida 2008: top rankings in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, and M&A
  • ACQ Magazine, a European corporate finance publication, named Akerman a 2008 Silver Award Winner for USA South

Litigation

"Peers champion the firm's 'wonderful litigators' and clients call the firm 'very well rounded and skilled.'" (Benchmark Litigation)

"This international firm has a strong reputation in Florida for commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work." (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation - Real Estate
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for International Arbitration - Commercial
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Securities, and Litigation - Tax categories
  • Benchmark Litigation: Top ranked in Florida and recommended as a leading Litigation law firm in Virginia Benchmark Appellate: Top ranked in Florida, Eleventh Circuit
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Litigation law firms in Florida since 2003

Real Estate

"This large regional team is known for its work on private equity, transactions and distressed real estate." (Chambers USA) "Akerman Senterfitt handles land use mandates...and is active across both Florida and New York, bringing to bear significant experience in urban infill, mixed-use projects and developments of regional impact (DRI)." (The Legal 500)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Real Estate Law category
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Recognized U.S. Corporate Real Estate law firm
  • The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning law firms in the U.S.
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Real Estate, Land Use, Construction, and Environmental law firms in Florida since 2003
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Environmental Law category
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation - Real Estate
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Construction Law category Chambers
  • USA: Ranked as one of the leading Construction law firms in the U.S. The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Construction law firms in the U.S.
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Recognized Construction law firm in Washington, D.C.

Financial Services

"Akerman Senterfitt is well known for its regulatory prowess… the banking team is complemented by the firm's strength in financing M&A transactions and raising capital for community banks. 'A great banking practice with skills across the board and a particular aptitude for public finance.'" (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Financial Services Regulation and Insurance Law categories
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Litigation - Banking & Finance category
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Securities Regulation and Litigation - Securities categories
  • Chambers USA: Ranked #1 for Insurance in Florida since 2004
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Banking & Finance law firms in Florida since 2003
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Top listed in Banking and Insurance Law in Florida

Bankruptcy & Reorganization

"This national firm possesses an impressive amount of resources and firepower across numerous states and is well known for its eminence in creditor representations." (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, and Litigation - Bankruptcy categories
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring law firms in Florida since 2003
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Top listed in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Florida
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Leading Restructuring and Insolvency law firm in Miami, FL

Construction

"This firm has an extensive network of offices, enjoying a particularly strong presence in the East Coast. It handles contractual, regulatory and litigation matters related to construction projects in a wide range of industry sectors… and has a noteworthy reputation for transport infrastructure projects." (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Construction Law category
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Construction law firms in the U.S.
  • The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Construction law firms in the U.S.
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Construction law firms in Florida since 2003 and in Virginia since 2007
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Recognized Construction law firm in Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for International Arbitration
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation - Real Estate
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Real Estate Law category
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Recognized U.S. Corporate Real Estate law firm
  • The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning law firms in the U.S.
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental law firms in Florida since 2003

Labor & Employment

"'[Akerman] does excellent work and is very responsive.'" (Chambers USA)

  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Labor & Employment law firms in Florida since 2003
  • he Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Immigration law firms in the U.S.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Labor Law - Management category

Healthcare

"This firm has a diverse healthcare practice, and is particularly well known for its corporate practice." (Chambers USA)

  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Healthcare law firms in Florida since 2005
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Top listed in Healthcare Law in Florida

Taxation

"This tax team is distinguished by its expertise in corporate tax, adeptly handling M&A, partnerships and joint ventures for domestic and international companies... 'A high-quality practice with national scope.'" (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Tax Law and Litigation - Tax categories
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Tax law firms in Florida

Environment & Natural Resources

"This robust team's practice encompasses both the state and federal courts. The group has particular expertise in brownfield and Superfund matters… and is commended for its expertise in wetlands, water management, energy projects, and permitting and enforcement matters." (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Environmental Law category
  • Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Environmental law firms in Florida since 2003

Insurance Litigation & Regulation

"The group advises domestic and foreign carriers, self-insured corporations and municipalities, on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation issues... added value comes from the team's special expertise in representing health insurers and care organizations." (Chambers USA)

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Insurance Law category
  • Chambers USA: Ranked #1 for Insurance in Florida since 2004
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Top listed in Insurance Law in Florida

Intellectual Properrty

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Copyright Law category
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Litigation - Intellectual Property category

Trusts, Estates & Family Services

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Trusts & Estates Law category

U.S. Law Firms

  • Ranked among the Top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The National Law Journal NLJ 250
  • Ranked 122 in the AmLaw 200 largest law firms in the U.S.
  • Ranked largest firm in Florida by Florida Trend magazine

Diversity

  • MultiCultural Law magazine 2011
    • Top 100 firm for diversity
    • Top 25 firm for Hispanic Americans
    • Top 100 firm for women
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Thomas L. Sager Award, 2006
    • Presented in recognition of the highest commitment to improving the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority and women attorneys