Firm Profile > Akerman LLP > Miami, United States
Akerman LLP Offices
THREE BRICKELL CITY CENTRE
98 SOUTHEAST SEVENTH STREET, SUITE 1100
MIAMI, FL 33131
Akerman LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsAkerman LLP is distinguished by the breadth of its middle-market work, handling buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations and buyouts, spin-offs and sales of divisions and distressed company transactions. Team leads Jonathan Awner and Carl Roston are highly active across the practice; Awner's specialisms include corporate governance issues and transactions in the automotive sector, while Roston is highly recommended for his advice to investors and companies in distressed corporate situations. Other strengths for the team lie in recapitalizations and restructuring work for trading companies, and in advice for investors and entrepreneurs. The department stands out particularly for its private investment advice, including in the private equity and venture capital spaces, where Kenneth Wiggins is noted. Named attorneys are based in Miami.
Jonathan Awner; Carl Roston
Other key lawyers:
Kenneth Wiggins; Teddy Klinghoffer; Stephen Roddenberry; David Birke; Paul Quinn
‘Diverse practice of high-quality professionals.’
AE Industrial Partners, L.P.
Associated Grocers of Florida
Branford Castle Partners, LP
Carrols Restaurant Group
Ferguson Industries, Inc.
Florida Veg Investments, LLC d/b/a Mr. Greens Produce
Grant Avenue Capital, LLC
H.I.G. Capital, LLC
KLX, Inc (Note: KLX was purchased by Boeing for US$ 4.25 billion in May 2018)
Trivest Partners, L.P.
Warren Equity Partners
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
GPB Capital /Prime Automotive Group
JM Family Enterprises
HC2 Holdings, Inc.
New Era Technology, Inc./Sentinel Capital Partners
Resolute Forrest Products
XPO Logistics, Inc.
The land use and development practice at Akerman LLP has a strong presence in several key areas of the country, including Florida, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, acting for an impressive roster of real estate developers, landowners, investors, and lenders. The group is coordinated by a trio of lawyers: Orlando-based Cecelia Bonifay chairs the firm's land use and development group and has a strong background in large-scale urban planning and development approvals, having recently advised a developer on the multimillion-dollar expansion and sale of the Wyndham WorldMark Kingstown Reef Resort in Orlando; Miami office managing partner Neisen Kasdin has extensive civic experience as a former mayor of Miami Beach; and Joshua Rinesmith in New York City recently advised on one of the first major air rights transactions to a private developer under the New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA)'s NextGen 2.0 initiative. Another key figure is Jack George in Chicago, who has worked on numerous notable development projects, including zoning map amendments, planned development applications, and condemnation matters.
Cecelia Bonifay; Neisen Kasdin; Joshua Rinesmith
Other key lawyers:
Jack George; Jaclyn Scarinci
‘Neisen Kasdin and Benjamin Hedrick were indispensable.’
‘The Akerman team has unequalled experience in the art of Land use/Zoning in Chicago. They are skilled conductors of public processes and strong tacticians on political issues. They are the premier firm in Chicago in this sector.’
‘Jack George and Chris Leach are both terrific lawyers and are very organized with their processes.’
MCD Miami LLC
Two Roads Development
The Arker Companies
Golub & Company
Lake Shore East LLP
Magellan Development Group
Akerman LLP's immigration compliance practice focuses on corporate business immigration matters for large companies and international clients. Based in Florida, the group is overseen by Maria Casablanca in Miami and has strength representing clients operating in the communications, education, and energy spaces. New co-chair Denise Gavica Perez who also leads the firms employment group, has a specialism in the healthcare sector and has expertise in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas for medical employees. She is the key name for immigration work pertaining to hospitals. On the associate level, Rachel Perez advises on the cross-border transfer of employees and employer eligibility audits. The team also handles pro-bono political asylum cases and has a thriving EB-5 immigrant investor program for investors, developers, and financial institutions.
Maria Casablanca; Denise Gavica Perez
Other key lawyers:
‘I believe that Akerman has availability and customer service orientation ’
‘Availability and creativity.’
Bassett Healthcare Network
Ciena Healthcare Management
Sofidel America Corp.
Kettering Health Network
Akerman LLP's construction group handles a variety of public and private construction projects across the country, from power facilities and tourist resorts to major transport infrastructure. Jeffrey Gilmore chairs the practice and is focused on innovative project delivery systems, an area in which he has notable international experience. Gilmore splits his time between offices in Virginia and Washington DC, as does Stephen Hurlbut, who recently led on two of the team's most notable highlight cases: he represented Conquistador Dorado JV in claims against the Navy for damages and additional compensation regarding an air station in Key West, and also acted for the architect of the US Capitol in a case before the General Accountability Office Contract Appeals Board. Stacy Bercun Bohm negotiates complex commercial and residential construction contracts, and also has strengths in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Alongside Bohm in Fort Lauderdale, office managing partner Leslie Miller Tomczak acts for a range of design professionals in contracts and disputes matters.
Jeffrey Gilmore; Stacy Bercun Bohm
‘Great responsiveness; drafting skills; attention to detail.’
‘Great communication skills; great rapport with clients; very responsive.’
‘They are a large law firm with a small firm mentality. The two partners I deal with are always there for any questions or to provide any assistance.’
Rizzani de Eccher
Architect of the Capitol
CECO Concrete Construction
Cauldwell Wingate Company
Engineered Systems Alliance
The Faena Group
Fort Capital Management
Real estate Tier 4Akerman LLP is a major player in the projects space, acting on urban development and redevelopment schemes nationwide in addition to substantial multi-family, self-storage, industrial center, office building and shopping centre developments. In addition, the team also has an emphasis on portfolio transactions. Its offering is complemented by significant land use, environmental, construction and alternative finance expertise. In Fort Lauderdale, Eric Rapkin is active in high-stake real estate disputes throughout the US and also Latin America; he serves as department co-chair alongside Denver-based healthcare asset expert Allison Nelson, and Lawrence Eiben who runs the office, industrial and retail leasing practice from Chicago.
Eric Rapkin; Lawrence Eiben; Allison Nelson
Other key lawyers:
Sue Zabloudil; Steven Polivy; Richard Bezold
‘They are very efficient and if one attorney is busy, they all work together.’
‘They have mastered the work from home and actually can close deals remotely.’
Lock-Up Self Storage
One Real Estate Investments
Bank of America
University of Miami
Sterling Project Development
Baychester Retail III LLC
Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4
Akerman LLP’s contentious tax practice has a strong focus on SALT controversies. In Jacksonville, Peter Larsen has noted expertise in various industry sectors ranging from emerging technologies and digital services to financial services and oil and gas; and Michael Bowen represents global corporates in significant assessment challenges at the state Supreme Court level, having recently acted for clients in the telecoms, travel, clothing and automotive sectors. Also recommended is David Blum in Chicago, who recently obtained impressive first-impression successes involving tax code interpretations in the healthcare sector.
Peter Larsen; David Blum; Michael Bowen
Ford Motor Company
The Seminole Tribe of Florida
Nissan Motor Company
Toyota Motor Corporation
Capital One Financial Corporation
DriveTime Automotive Group
Pedro Freyre; Luis Perez
Akerman LLP > Firm Profile
Akerman LLP is a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized by Financial Times as one of the most forward thinking firms in the industry. Its more than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and overcome barriers to 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.
Types of work undertaken
Corporate, M&A, and capital markets: Advise public and private companies, including private equity funds, on M&A, capital markets transactions, financings, and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market.
Real estate: Recognized for substantial experience in complex transactions, development and construction projects, economic development incentives, environmental matters, public-private initiatives, and litigation.
Litigation: Trial lawyers in offices throughout the United States recognized for experience in civil, criminal, and general commercial litigation, appellate, and international arbitration matters.
Consumer financial services: Represent banks and non-bank consumer debt originators and servicers in the areas of litigation, compliance, regulatory enforcement, and repurchase and recovery litigation, with an emphasis on investigating and prosecuting origination fraud.
Bankruptcy and reorganization: Serve as counsel or receiver in large bankruptcy filings. Also represent financial institutions and mortgage holders in workouts, and other secured creditors in Chapter 11 reorganizations.
Intellectual property: Represent clients worldwide in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and the internet.
Healthcare: Recognized for experience in regulatory, risk management, and corporate matters. Represent hospitals and health systems, health insurers and managed care organizations, physician practice groups, pharmacy-related organizations, and other industry stakeholders.
Labor and employment: Represent employers in every major sector with all aspects of labor relations and employment law compliance and litigation, workplace safety, immigration, and non-compete and trade secret issues.
Tax: Advise domestic and foreign corporations, individuals, and nonprofit institutions on international, federal, state, and local tax issues, including tax planning, audit defense, tax litigation, controversy, and legislation.
Government affairs and public policy: Bi-partisan team of lawyers and public policy advisers experienced in appropriations, transportation, hospitality, healthcare, education, Native American affairs, and local government matters.
International: Guide multinational corporations seeking to establish and expand their U.S. presence, as well as U.S. market leaders and disruptors entering new markets outside the U.S.
|Chairman and CEO||Scott Meyers|
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