2019 Vault Rankings
Akerman LLP is a national full-service firm recognized by Chambers and The Legal 500 with specialities in middle-market M&A and its Latin America practice. With more than 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals, the Florida-based firm is ranked as one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S.
Sunshine State Roots, International Reach
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 the largest Florida law firm, as reported by Florida Trend Magazine (2013). 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 has continued to grow and expand considerably since those early days, particularly within the last decade, opening 10 new offices across the country in that time—for a total of 20 offices in 11 states, with a strong concentration and growth along I-95 corridor in New York, Washington, DC, and Florida.
Notable Work and Recognition
Akerman lawyers have worked with a variety of notable clients, including Bank of America, ComVest Investment Partners, eHarmony, The GEO Group, Humana, PNC Bank, SEIMENS, SunTrust Bank, and Zurich North America.
The firm has a deep history in the banking sector. Today, Akerman represents all of the top 10 U.S. bank holding companies. Akerman also reported $3.6 billion in combined deal value of middle market M&A transactions handled by the firm in 2012 and in 2013, and it earned 80 tier one national and regional practice rankings by U.S. News–Best Lawyers, which included their Corporate, Litigation, and Real Estate Practice Groups.
In recent years, the firm has represented clients across various industry sectors including OPKO Health in a number of significant deals in the Health/M&A sector including its $480 million all-stock acquisition of PROLOR Biotech.
In the urban redevelopment space, Akerman is counsel to the Hong Kong-based developer, Swire Properties, in connection with the $1.05 billion Brickell Citycentre mixed-use project in downtown Miami. The firm is also counsel to the real estate transportation and infrastructure company, Florida East Coast Industries, in the planning and development of a $1.5 billion intercity passage rail system in Florida—the first privately funded, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the U.S.
In the restaurant sector, the firm has advised Fiesta Restaurant Group, the owner, operator and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurant brands, in connection with a complex refinancing transaction that included a $142 million underwritten public offering, and the private equity firm, RedZone Capital Management, led by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in its sale of the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain to Friendly’s.
In the retail sector, the firm has counseled Skechers USA, the global footwear designer, developer, and marketer in connection with the successful protest and litigation of corporate franchise tax assessments in multiple states and Macy’s in a $400 million expansion of their flagship store in Herald Square in New York.
666 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10103
Phone: (305) 374-5600
Employer Type: Private
Chairman and CEO: David I. Spector
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 715
Boca Raton, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach
1st year: $145,000
Summer associate: $2,600/week Jacksonville, Naples, Orlando, and Tampa
1st year: $110,000
Summer associate: $2,000/week Chicago, Dallas, New York, Tysons Corner, and Washington, DC
1st year: $150,000
Summer associate: $2,800/week Tallahassee
1st year: $95,000
Summer associate: $1,700/week
Boca Raton, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
Tysons Corner, VA
West Palm Beach, FL
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