Akerman Senterfitt

Akerman Senterfitt

Infobox Law Firm
firm_name = Akerman Senterfitt LLP
firm_logo =
headquarters = Miami, Florida
num_offices = 12
num_attorneys = approximately 500
num_employees =
practice_areas = General practice
key_people = Andrew M. Smulian, Chairman [ [http://www.akerman.com/public/attorneys/aBiography.asp?id=463 Smulian's firm bio] ] , Robert Zinn, President [ [http://www.akerman.com/public/attorneys/aBiography.asp?id=268 Zinn's firm bio] ]
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date_founded = 1920
founder = Alexander Akerman
company_type = Limited liability partnership
homepage = [http://www.akerman.com/public/index.asp Akerman.com]
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Akerman Senterfitt is a large law firm based in Miami, Florida. It was founded in 1920 and has grown to become one of the largest in the United States. In 2007, the National Law Journal ranked the firm as 91st largest in the U.S. by number of attorneys, and the second-largest Florida-based firm (behind Greenberg Traurig).


The firm was founded in Orlando, Florida in 1920 by federal judge Alexander Akerman and his law partner, John Cheney. An early partner in the firm, Billy Dial, was instrumental in the routing of Interstate 4 through the Orlando area, the procurement of land for Disney World, and the creation of SunTrust Banks. The firm opened its Miami office in 1982, which then became its new headquarters and the largest law office in the city, and continued to create new office in the 1990s. [ [http://www.akerman.com/public/about/about_history.asp Firm history] ]

Recent developments

Departing attorneys

Akerman Senterfitt has recently had difficulties retaining attorneys. Several high-ranking partners had left the firm, including Robert Fernandez, who previously served as deputy general counsel to Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The firm has brought in executive search consultants to recruit new talent. [ [http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1201687554729 Amid Attorney Departures, Akerman Senterfitt Offers Headhunters High Fees as Lure] . Law.com, 31 January 2008.]

Merger difficulties

Akerman Senterfitt's management had planned a merger with the 300+ lawyer Philadelphia-based law firm of WolfBlock [ [http://www.wolfblock.com/wbroot/index.asp WolfBlock LLP official website] ] , which would create a single 800-lawyer firm. [ [http://abajournal.com/news/wolfblock_akerman_senterfitt_to_form_800_lawyer_firm/ WolfBlock & Akerman Senterfitt to Form 800-Lawyer Firm] ABA Journal, 21 July 2008.] But on 7 August 2008, the two firms released a joint statement explaining that the merger had been put on hold due to “a client conflict that cannot be discussed publicly”. [ [http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2008/08/04/daily50.html?q=akerman%20senterfittProposed Akerman merger with Philadelphia law firm on hold] Tampa Bay Business Journal, 7 August 2008.]

Practice areas

Akerman Senterfitt has the largest corporate, intellectual property, and litigation practices in the State of Florida. The firm also has large practices in construction law, real estate, bankruptcy, labor and employment law, and lobbying. [ [http://www.chambersandpartners.com/usa/FirmProfile.aspx?fid=1742&mode=firms&display=1 Chambers USA profile] ] [ [http://www.akerman.com/public/practice/index.asp Full list of practice areas] ]

Famous lawyers and alumni

*Terry Nelson, manager of George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign
*Gary C. Matzner, mayor of Pinecrest, Florida [ [http://www.akerman.com/public/attorneys/aBiography.asp?id=1166 Matzner's firm bio] ]


* Los Angeles, California
* Fort Lauderdale, Florida
* Jacksonville, Florida
* Miami, Florida
* Orlando, Florida
* Tampa, Florida
* Tallahassee, Florida
* West Palm Beach, Florida
* New York City
* Tyson's Corner, Virginia
* Madison, Wisconsin
* Washington, D.C.


External links

* [http://www.akerman.com/public/index.asp Homepage]
* [http://www.lawperiscope.com/profiles/017.html LawPeriscope profile]
* [http://www.vault.com/companies/company_main.jsp?co_page=1&product_id=22085&ch_id=242 Vault.com profile]
* [http://www.chambersandpartners.com/usa/FirmProfile.aspx?fid=1742&mode=firms&display=1 Chambers USA profile]
* [http://www.martindale.com/Akerman-Senterfitt/law-firm-648825.htm Profile] from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

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