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Firm Lawyers Named Among Best in M&A, Real Estate, Land Use, Construction, Immigration, and Tax Law

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that The Legal 500 has once again ranked the firm as a first tier law firm for mergers and acquisitions in the M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million) category, as well as for land use and zoning in the Real Estate: Land Use/Zoning category. Akerman is the only firm top ranked in both categories.

In addition to the M&A and land use and zoning rankings, Akerman was recognized for the ninth consecutive year for Labor and Employment – Immigration, Real Estate, Real Estate – Construction; and for the third time, US Taxes – Contentious. For M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million), Corporate Practice Group Co-Chair Carl Roston was recognized within the category's "Hall of Fame," an elite list of outstanding lawyers nationwide, and Partner Kenneth Wiggins was named a “Next Generation Lawyer,” a select list of up and coming lawyers nationwide.

In total, 31 Akerman lawyers were recommended in their practice areas based on client and peer recognitions. The lawyers and the categories in which they are honored are listed below.

Labor and Employment – Immigration
Maria I. Casablanca
Denise Gavica Perez
Thomas L. Raleigh, III

M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million)
Jonathan L. Awner
Paul J. Foley
Teddy D. Klinghoffer
E. Paul Quinn
Stephen K. Roddenberry
Carl D. Roston
Kenneth R. Wiggins

Real Estate and Construction – Construction
Stacy Bercun Bohm
Jeffrey G. Gilmore
Stephen B. Hurlbut
Leslie Miller Tomczak

Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning
Cecelia Bonifay
T. Spencer Crowley
John J. (‘Jack’) George
Neisen O. Kasdin
Eric D. Rapkin
Josh J. Rinesmith

Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
Richard Bezold
Lawrence A. Eiben
James H. McNeil Jr.
Allison Nelson
Steven P. Polivy
Eric D. Rapkin
Sue Zabloudil

US Taxes – Contentious
David C. Blum
Michael J. Bowen
Peter O. Larsen
David Evan Otero
Mary K. Samsa

The Legal 500 also noted the firm’s growth in these practice areas, highlighting several recent additions in the firm’s core markets. Corporate partner Otavio Carneiro joined in the Miami office. In real estate, Alan Cohen joined as Real Estate Finance Practice Chair and is the co-office managing partner in New York. Additionally, Stephen Tilbrook joined the Real Estate Practice Group in the Fort Lauderdale office.

More details on the Guide’s methodology, along with Akerman’s rankings, are available on The Legal 500 website.

About Akerman LLP
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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