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Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm, has once again been recognized by Chambers and Partners in its Chambers USA 2021 Guide. The publication recognized Akerman in 27 practice areas and singled out 64 lawyers representing 18 practices and sectors. Sixteen lawyers were newly ranked, which is an increase of approximately 20 percent in comparison to 2020. The firm received four new practice rankings, three of which were national. Additionally, Chambers ranked a total of eight corporate lawyers at Akerman, which is more than any other law firm in the state of Florida.

Akerman lawyers were recognized nationally in the areas of Cannabis Law, International Arbitration: Enforcement, International Arbitration: Highly Regarded, and Leisure & Hospitality. They also earned rankings in Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia. 

The list of 64 Akerman lawyers recognized by Chambers USA includes:


Lawrence D. Silverman (Florida)

Banking & Finance: Transactional

William C. Arnhols (Florida)


Esther McKean (North & Central Florida)

Jacob Brown (North & Central Florida)

John B. Macdonald (North & Central Florida)

Jules Cohen (North & Central Florida)

Steven Wirth (North & Central Florida)

Andrea Hartley (South Florida)

Brett Marks (South Florida)

Eyal Berger (South Florida)

Michael I. Goldberg (South Florida)

David Parham (Texas)

Cannabis Law: Eastern United States

Jonathan S. Robbins (USA – Nationwide)

Cannabis Law: Western United States

Irán Hopkins (USA – Nationwide)


Stephen Hurlbut (District of Columbia)

Leslie Miller-Tomczak (Florida)

Stacy Bercun Bohm (Florida)

Jeffrey G. Gilmore (Virginia)

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Jed Freeland (North & Central Florida)

Carl D. Roston (South Florida)

Jonathan L. Awner (South Florida)

Martin G. Burkett (South Florida)

Mary Carroll (South Florida)

Paul Quinn (South Florida)

Stephen Roddenberry (South Florida)

Teddy D. Klinghoffer (South Florida)

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Beth Alcalde (Florida)

Peter Salomon (Florida)


Jason Lichtstein (Florida)

Robyn Neely (Florida)

Silvia M. Alderman (Florida)

Richard G. Leland (New York)

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation)

William P. Heller (USA – Nationwide)


Robert A. Smith (USA – Nationwide)


Kirk S. Davis (Florida)

Martin R. Dix (Florida)

Steve Grigas (Florida)

William J. Spratt, Jr. (Florida)

Sidney Summers Welch (Georgia)


Maria Casablanca (Florida)


Marcy Levine Aldrich (Florida)

Intellectual Property

Mark Passler (Florida)

International Arbitration: Counsel

Francisco A. Rodriguez (USA – Nationwide)

International Arbitration: Enforcement

Luis A. Perez (USA – Nationwide)

Labor & Employment

Arlene K. Kline (Florida)

James Bramnick (Florida)

Karen M. Buesing (Florida)

Scott T. Silverman (Florida)

Leisure & Hospitality

Andrew S. Robins (USA – Nationwide)

Joshua Bernstein (USA – Nationwide)

Litigation: Appellate

Gerald Cope (Florida)

Katherine E. Giddings (Florida)

Litigation: General Commercial

David P. Ackerman (Florida)

Michael C. Marsh (Florida)

Real Estate

Andrew Smulian (South Florida)

Eric D. Rapkin (South Florida)

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Cecelia Bonifay (North & Central Florida)

Neisen O. Kasdin (South Florida)

Spencer Crowley (South Florida)

John J. (‘Jack’) George (Illinois)

Meg George (Illinois)


Henry Raattama (Florida)

David Blum (Illinois)

Tax: Controversy

David Blum (Illinois)

Tax: State & Local

Peter O. Larsen (Florida)


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.

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