Akerman Senterfitt

www.akerman.com

Akerman Senterfitt, one of Florida’s leading law firms, has more than 500 attorneys and consultants servicing the needs of domestic and international clients. The firm represents private and public companies, governmental entities, educational institutions and high net-worth individuals in a wide range of practice areas. The firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity has been recognized most recently by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, which presented the firm with the 2006 Thomas L. Sager Award for diversity leadership.

Founded in 1920, the firm now has offices in Florida’s major business centers: Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and West Palm Beach, as well as in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York and Los Angeles. As Florida’s role in international trade and finance expands, Akerman Senterfitt has developed a multilingual, multicultural, cross-disciplinary international practice. Our goal is to assist U.S. clients to grow their international business activities and to assist foreign clients to establish businesses and flourish in the United States. The international practice group includes professionals from all our offices and from every major practice group including Corporate/Securities, Banking, Tax, Immigration, Admiralty, Aviation, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Litigation. We represent U.S. and foreign corporations and individual residents of countries throughout the world and, in particular, with respect to inbound and outbound investment in Florida, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean and Spain.

Akerman Senterfitt was named the 2005 Top U.S. Law Firm for Hispanic Americans by MultiCultural Law magazine, and we understand these markets well. We assist our clients with mergers and acquisitions, general corporate counseling, strategic planning, tax planning, regulatory compliance, financing and capital raising, government relations, employment, trade and immigration matters. We help develop regulatory and tax strategies for portfolio and passive investments. We also handle international civil and criminal litigation procedures, such as service of process and discovery under the Hague Conventions, and alternative dispute resolution, including international arbitration and mediation both in the United States and abroad. As a Florida firm, we are increasingly seeing Miami selected as the preferred location for international arbitration and our firm has taken a leading role in many of these matters.

As the largest corporate practice group in Florida, Akerman Senterfitt is also uniquely positioned to assist corporate clients with all of their legal needs. With more than 100 attorneys, our practice group has managed billions of dollars worth of transactions in the past several years. We regularly represent domestic and foreign public companies, including many of the largest public companies in Florida. We also work with financial institutions, private equity and venture capital funds and the companies in which they invest, as well as individual entrepreneurs.

We are considered one of the best sports transactional practices in the world. Additionally, Akerman Senterfitt has more than 60 lawyers focused on the needs of clients in the real estate industry. This represents one of the largest and most experienced full-service Real Estate practices in Florida. The Real Estate practice group provides comprehensive representation through changing business cycles and at all levels, from managing the legal aspects of large land deals and construction projects, to assisting developers in meeting tough environmental regulations, to advising in all aspects of transactional work as well as workouts and restructurings. We also realize that our clients often have concerns at the national level. For that reason, the firm maintains offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Providing a national perspective helps our clients maximize their business opportunities and gives them the ability to impact federal issues that affect their industries.

Our White Collar, Parallel Proceedings and Corporate Advisory lawyers bring decades of experience trying criminal, civil, and other complex matters in both federal and state courts. Complementing Akerman Senterfitt’s nationally-recognized corporate practice, our team of corporate compliance professionals is proactive in monitoring the progress of proposed SEC rules and regulations, and in providing up-to-date information and “best practices” to clients as changes ensue.

We also deal routinely with respect to issues arising under the Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and matters involving anti-money laundering concerns. Akerman Senterfitt’s dynamic and highly experienced Washington, DC team specializes in representing our Florida clients before the U.S. Congress, all federal agencies and the Executive Branch. The group operates as emissaries on behalf of clients throughout the nation’s capital and provides comprehensive legal and government relations services to a diverse range of private and public sector clients. As a Florida-based firm, we also have particular expertise with respect to disaster preparedness and recovery issues involving the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Using a collaborative approach, our attorneys and consultants participate in statewide multidisciplinary practice groups to provide our clients with the most comprehensive and cost-effective solutions. Our goal is to anticipate a client’s business needs and to seek out the best possible talent — whether in-house or within our network of highly qualified attorneys and consultants — to best represent our clients’ interests worldwide.

Office Location

One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131
United States
Tel: (305) 374-5600
Fax: (305) 374-5095

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555

Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Michael A. Berke
michael.berke@akerman.com
(305) 755-5855


Office Location

350 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2229
United States
Tel: (954) 463-2700
Fax: (954) 463-2224

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Office Location

50 North Laura Street
Suite 2500
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
United States
Tel: (904) 798-3700
Fax: (904) 798-3730

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Office Location

420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, Florida 32801-4904
United States

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Office Location

106 E. College Avenue
12th Floor
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-1722
United States
Tel: (850) 224-9634
Fax: (850) 222-0103

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Office Location

401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602-5803
United States
Tel: (813) 223-7333
Fax: (813) 223-2837

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600

Office Location

222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-6183
United States
Tel: (561) 653-5000
Fax: (561) 659-6313

Interlaw Contact

Thomas L. Raleigh
tom.raleigh@akerman.com
(407) 419-8555
Robert A. Zinn
robert.zinn@akerman.com
(305) 374-5600