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Florida Trend Recognizes Akerman Lawyers Among Legal Elite
Firm Once Again Leads with Most Women Honorees Distinguished as Legal Elite
June 24, 2016
Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that Florida Trend has named 26 of the firm's lawyers to its 2016 Legal Elite list.

The publication's ranking made Akerman one of the top firms in the state for total lawyers listed, and the firm with the most women honorees. Akerman's Legal Elite honorees include lawyers from offices across Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

Partners Karen Buesing and Katherine Eastmoore Giddings were once again recognized among a distinguished group of practitioners in the publication's Hall of Fame. Florida Trend also identified four Akerman lawyers under the age of 40 who were named Up & Comers for their record of excellence in the legal community and represent the future of law.

The 2016 Florida Legal Elite list recognizes the state's top lawyers as selected by their peers through a voting process in 28 practice areas. The publication recognizes less than two percent of the more than 83,000 Florida Bar members practicing in the state.

The Akerman lawyers honored in 2016 are:

Silvia M. Alderman, Environmental & Land Use
Kimberly A. Ashby, Construction
Allison S. Bernstein, Commercial Litigation
James A. Bombulie, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Jacob A. Brown, Bankruptcy & Workout
Karen M. Buesing, Labor & Employment
Michael B. Chavies, Commercial Litigation
Gerald B. Cope, Jr., Appellate Practice
Michael K. Dixon, Intellectual Property
Irene Bassel Frick, Commercial Litigation
Jeffrey M. Gad, Wills, Trusts & Estates
Christian P. George, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Katherine Eastmoore Giddings, Appellate Practice
Michael I. Goldberg, Bankruptcy & Workout
James F. Goldsmith, Business Law – Up & Comer
Russell B. Hale, Tax
Arlene K. Kline, Labor & Employment
Cindy A. Laquidara, Civil Trial
Andrew M. Loewenstein, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
John B. Macdonald, Commercial Litigation
Margaret D. Mathews, Commercial Litigation
Guy E. Quattlebaum, Civil Trial
Leslie Schultz-Kin, Commercial Litigation
David I. Spector, Commercial Litigation
Glen A. Stankee, Tax
J. Everett Wilson, Health

About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP 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 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 20 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2016). Akerman also is ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2016).

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