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Top 100 U.S. law firm Akerman LLP is pleased to announce that partner Rubén Castillo, former Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, has been honored with the Freedom Award by the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Law. For decades, the Law School’s Alumni Association has bestowed its annual Freedom Award on honorees who, through their thinking, accomplishments, or profession, reflect and uphold the basic tenets of freedom. The Freedom Award recognizes each individual’s work, high ethical standards, efforts to help humankind, and initiatives to improve society and our nation.

Castillo, a first chair litigator, focuses his practice on corporate investigations, white collar criminal defense, private arbitration, and mediation work for litigants. In addition, he serves as chair of Akerman Bench, one of the nation’s largest panels of former appellate and trial court judges, seasoned appellate lawyers, and former state and federal law clerks who provide guidance and feedback for optimal trial and appellate court presentations.

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