Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm
recognized by Chambers and The Legal 500 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 500 lawyers and government affairs
professionals, the Florida-based firm is ranked as one of the
largest 100 law firms in the U.S.
Sunshine State Roots
The firm's formative years date back to 1920, when Alexander
Akerman-the son of former U.S. Attorney General Amos Akerman, who
served under President Grant-formed a partnership with fellow
Orlando lawyer John Cheney. The firm grew with the city to become a
premier Florida firm. One of Akerman's earliest partners, Billy
Dial, was instrumental in such Florida milestones as the routing of
Interstate 4 through the Orlando area, the procurement of land for
Walt Disney World, and the founding of The First National Bank of
Orlando, now SunTrust.
The firm opened its first major office outside Orlando in Miami
in 1982, today the firm's largest office. During the 1990s, Akerman
opened offices in Tampa, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Fort
Lauderdale, and Jacksonville, and handled many of the
transformational deals impacting the state. The firm has continued
to grow and today has 19 offices across the United States including
New York, Washington, DC, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
Akerman lawyers have worked with a variety of notable clients,
including Carnival Corporation, ComVest Investment Partners,
eHarmony, The GEO Group, Macy's, PNC Bank, Sega of America,
SunTrust Bank, and Zurich North America. The firm has a deep
history in the banking sector and today represents eight of the top
ten U.S. bank holding companies. Akerman also reported $2.6 billion
in combined deal value of middle market M&A transactions
handled by the firm in 2011, and the firm was ranked by
Law360 in 2012 as the 26th largest real estate
law firm in the industry.
In recent years, the firm has represented Carrols Restaurant
Group, Inc. in the acquisition of 278 Burger King restaurants,
counseled developer Swire Properties in the development of a
large-scale urban infill project in Miami involving 4.6 million
square feet, advised SKECHERS USA in its state and local tax work
throughout the U.S., and taken on BP's Florida litigation work
arising out of the Deepwater Horizon incident and Gulf oil spill.
While the firm's offices are solely domestic, it represents
multinational and foreign corporations seeking to invest in the
U.S. or move businesses across country borders.