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Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has once again earned the most honorees in Florida Trend’s 2020 Legal Elite List, with 20 lawyers receiving honors.

In addition to earning the highest total number of lawyers listed, Akerman had the most women recognized compared to any other law firm. The firm's Legal Elite honorees represent offices across Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

Partners David Ackerman, Silvia Alderman, Karen Buesing, Joni Armstrong Coffey, and Kathi Giddings were once again featured in Florida Trend’s Hall of Fame. Florida Trend also named four Akerman lawyers as Up & Comers for their record of excellence in the legal community, representing the future of law.

The 2020 Legal Elite list recognizes the state’s top lawyers as selected by their peers through a voting process in 27 practice areas. The publication recognizes less than two percent of the more than 106,000 Florida Bar members practicing in the state.

The Akerman lawyers honored in the 2020 Legal Elite list are:

David P. Ackerman, Commercial Litigation
Silvia M. Alderman, Environmental & Land Use
Jacob A. Brown, Bankruptcy & Workout
Karen M. Buesing, Labor & Employment
Joni Armstrong Coffey, Government & Administrative
John L. Dicks II, Bankruptcy & Workout – Up & Comer
Ashlea A. Edwards, Labor & Employment – Up & Comer
Zarra R. Elias, Labor & Employment – Up & Comer
Irene Bassel Frick, Commercial Litigation
Christian P. George, Commercial Litigation
Katherine E. Giddings, Appellate Practice
Michael I. Goldberg, Bankruptcy & Workout
Arlene K. Kline, Labor & Employment
Jason L. Margolin, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Michael C. Marsh, Commercial Litigation
Stacey A. Prince-Troutman, Wills, Trusts & Estates
Joseph L. Rebak, Commercial Litigation
Lawrence D. Silverman, Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Naim S. Surgeon, Commercial Litigation
Steven R. Wirth, Bankruptcy & Workout

About Akerman       
Akerman LLP is a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized among the most forward thinking firms in the industry by Financial Times. Its more than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. Akerman is known for its results in middle market M&A and complex disputes, and for helping clients achieve their most important business objectives in the financial services, real estate and other dynamic sectors across the United States and Latin America.

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