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Irene Bassel Frick

Office Managing Partner 
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602
 
Tel:
813.209.5047
Fax:
813.223.2837
 
 

Irene Bassel Frick serves as the office managing partner of Akerman's Tampa office. Irene is a commercial litigator with trial experience in both state and federal court, arbitration proceedings, and administrative proceedings. Irene represents clients in all aspects of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, fiduciary duty claims, and business torts. In addition to her general commercial litigation experience, Irene has significant experience representing lenders and financial services clients in defense of lender liability claims and enforcement of commercial loans and prosecution of commercial foreclosures, appointments of receivers, bankruptcies and deficiency litigation. Irene also has experience in employee benefits litigation, including ERISA litigation, and in construction litigation. Within the context of employee benefits, Irene represents employers, insurers, employee benefit plans, and third party providers. She litigates claims related to retirement income plans such as ESOP or profit sharing plans and welfare plans, such as life, health, and disability plans. Within the construction context, Irene regularly represents architects, engineers, and contractors in preparing and filing claims of lien and/or claims of bond. She also represents developers and owners in construction disputes, specifically claims for defective construction.
 
Representative Experience
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Commercial Disputes - Irene represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes including contractual disputes and the prosecution and defense of claims of business torts. She also represents corporations, shareholders, and officers and directors in shareholder disputes, with regard to claims of breach of fiduciary duty, and with respect to claims related to wrongful competition and non-competition agreements. She has litigated the appointment of receivers and prosecuted and defended claims for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.
 
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Foreclosure Litigation - Irene represents lenders and servicers in commercial mortgage foreclosures in Florida. She has handled appointments of receiver, enforcement of assignments of rents, foreclosure of real and personal property, litigation related to tax deed sales, and quiet title actions.
 
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Banking Litigation - In addition, Irene represents lenders in defense of claims for fraud, RICO, intentional interference with advantageous business relationships, and fraudulent and deceptive trade practices related to various business or lending practices.
 
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Employee Benefits Claims - On a regular basis, Irene litigates the denial of claims for health, life, disability, retirement, and annuity benefits. The majority of these claims arise from group policies issued to an employer and are therefore governed by ERISA. Irene regularly litigates ERISA cases in federal court and general breach of contract claims in state court. Irene also represents employers and employee benefits plans in investigations conducted by the Employee Benefits Security Administration Division of the Department of Labor. Her knowledge of the obligations of an ERISA plan and an ERISA fiduciary in employee benefits claims has assisted in the defense of DOL investigations.
 
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Fiduciary Duty Claims - Irene represents employers, plan sponsors, and receivers in prosecuting claims against ERISA fiduciaries and has also defended claims brought by ERISA participants for breach of fiduciary duty. Irene also advises employers in bankruptcies or which are otherwise terminating employee benefit plans in which litigation is anticipated or results in the underfunding and/or termination of an ERISA plan.
 
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Construction Litigation - Irene both prosecutes and defends claims for construction defects. Irene also represents both design professionals and contractors as well as owners in the preparation, filing, and prosecution or defense of construction liens. Irene has experience with disputes regarding work performed on property that is later subdivided or that benefits abutting parcels. She also has experience litigating contractual disputes and delay claims. In addition, Irene represents governmental entities in the prosecution and defense of construction disputes.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2017 Listed in Florida for Commercial Litigation
 
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Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2016, Recognized as a "Leader in the Law"
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-2016, Listed in Florida for Business Litigation
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2014-2016, Listed for Commercial Litigation
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2012, Listed as an "Up & Comer"
 
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Tampa Bay Business Journal 2010, Recognized as an "Up & Comer"
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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The Network of Trial Law Firms Seminar, Speaker, "Ethics: The Lawyer As a Witness," August 2013
 
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IMN 3rd Annual Florida Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets Executive Conference on Real Estate Workouts, Panel Speaker, "Pre-Foreclosure Planning," February 2013
 
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The Florida Bar, Lecturer and Contributing Author, "Basic Real Property - Real Estate Litigation," February 2013
 
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Akerman's Employee Benefits Litigation Annual Meeting, Presenter, "ERISA and Social Security," 2005
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, President, 2013-2014
 
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American Bar Foundation, Fellow
 
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Pearl Society, Founding Member
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
 
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Justice William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court, Hillsborough County, 2002-2004
 
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American Bar Association, Member
 
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Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, Member
 
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Bay Area Legal Services, Cup of Hope Board Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Law Clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth A. Jenkins, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
 

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Irene Bassel Frick

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1998; with honors
B.A., University of Florida, 1995; Political Science, with honors, National Merit Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa Scholar
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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