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Akerman Senterfitt Names 19 New Shareholders
December 3, 2012
Akerman Senterfitt today announced it has named 19 new shareholders. The announcement follows news of a record-setting fiscal year for the firm -- in 2012 Akerman increased its gross revenue by 10.8 percent to $285.3 million, and total lawyer headcount by 6.6 percent to more than 550 lawyers and government affairs professionals.

"We are thrilled to recognize this new group of talented and broadly experienced Akerman shareholders,” said Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO of Akerman Senterfitt. “We have and continue to build an exciting and collaborative environment where skilled lawyers like these are given the opportunity to be the very best in their field, while focusing on building an intimate understanding of our clients' needs and partnering with them to deliver our services in creative and meaningful ways."

The new shareholders serve clients in the Corporate, Financial Services, Real Estate, Litigation, Taxation, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, and Labor & Employment Practice areas and are located in several of the firm’s offices across the United States.  

Michael Benchetrit, Labor & Employment
Eyal Berger, Litigation
David Brafman, Intellectual Property
Cynthia Carlson, Taxation
Venus Caruso, Labor & Employment
Ginny Childs, Litigation
Robert Cutler, Corporate
Daniel Faust, Real Estate
Jed Freeland, Corporate
Brenda Goerks, Real Estate
Cory Mauro, Litigation
Michael Mena, Litigation
Shelley Mixon, Intellectual Property
Christopher Roper, Real Estate
Christina Russo, Corporate
Sherwin Simmons, Taxation
Robert Slavkin, Healthcare
Jordan Smith, Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance
Steven Wirth, Litigation

About Akerman Senterfitt
Akerman is a leading transactions and trial law firm known 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 550 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 19 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2012). Akerman also is ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity by MultiCultural Law magazine (2012) and recognized as the Law Firm of the Year for Diversity – South by Benchmark Litigation (2012). More information can be found at or

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