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2020 Vault Rankings

About Akerman LLP

While Miami-based Akerman LLP is often recognized for its expertise in middle-market M&A and complex disputes, this AmLaw 100 firm covers a broad range of practices and industries. Notably, the Financial Times has rated the firm as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking in the industry.

Star of the Sunshine State

Akerman opened its doors in 1920 when Alexander Akerman—son of former U.S. Attorney General Amos Akerman—partnered with Orlando lawyer John Cheney to start the firm. Since then, Akerman has been instrumental in Florida milestone projects like the routing of Interstate 4, the procurement of land for Walt Disney World, and the founding of The First National Bank of Orlando (now SunTrust). Since its formation, the firm has expanded to more than 700 lawyers in 25 offices in the United States, spanning from Los Angeles to Denver to New York to Washington, DC.

A North American Leader

Akerman is widely recognized as a top firm for middle-market transactional work, with deals ranging from $50 million to $500 million. The firm’s corporate, M&A, and private equity practices advise public and private companies, private equity funds, and financial institutions on complex mergers & acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and finance deals. On the litigation side, the firm handles all stages of domestic and international complex commercial disputes relating to financial institutions, insurance, real estate, and employment—to name a few.

In terms of cross-border work, the firm has experience working in such locations as South America, Chile, Mexico, and the Caribbean and has been recognized as a leader in the Cuban legal world. The firm has over a decade of experience working with Cuban senior regulators and government officials to shape policy and law and has been at the forefront of helping companies enter the newly opened Cuban market. The firm has been present at landmark events in Cuba, including the reopening of the U.S. Embassy.

An Innovator of Innovation

Akerman has been recognized as a leader in innovation, which is no surprise given the firm’s dedication to the cause. The firm’s unique initiative—AkermanX—provides a framework that encourages clients to work in partnership with the firm to develop cutting-edge solutions. The venture has led to inventions like the Akerman Bench, a mock oral argument product providing access to former appellate judges, and the Akerman TaxAbility Matrix, a compliance product designed to help clients navigate local and state tax laws and regulations.

Akerman LLP

Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street, Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 374-5600

Firm Stats

Chairman & CEO: Scott Meyers
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750

Base Salary

Varies by market
1st year: $95,000–$180,000
Summer Associate: $1,700–$3,500/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
6 out of 7 (2Ls) (2019)

No. of Summer Associates:
11 total (7 2Ls; 4 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Danielle T. Shannon
Chief Talent Officer
(212) 880-3889
danielle.shannon@akerman.com

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boca Raton, FL
Chicago, IL
Dallas, FL
Denver, CO
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Houston, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Madison, WI
Maitland, FL
Miami, FL (HQ)
Naples, FL
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Orlando, FL
Palm Beach, FL
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Vienna, VA
Washington, DC
West Palm Beach, FL
Winston-Salem, NC

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Reorganization
Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance
Corporate
Fraud & Recovery
Government Affairs & Public Policy
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation
Real Estate
Taxation