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Eric D. Rapkin

Office Managing Partner 
350 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Eric Rapkin serves as managing partner of Akerman's Fort Lauderdale office. A consummate dealmaker, his practice focuses on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including the leasing, acquisition, disposition, and financing of office towers, shopping centers, industrial properties, hotels, and medical office buildings for top developers, institutional investors, and investment funds.

Recognized by Chambers USA as "a very knowledgeable resource on leasing transactions," as well as noting that "he approaches things from a business perspective," Eric has finalized deals for many millions of square feet of office, retail, industrial, and mixed-use projects. He is well versed in build-to-suit projects, possessing a detailed knowledge of the complex construction provisions that are central to these deals. Eric is also experienced in office tower acquisitions and dispositions and major public-private partnership transactions.

Eric has served in numerous leaderships roles in the real estate sector, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
Representative Experience
Build-to-Suit Headquarters Transactions: Represented landlords in negotiations of build-to-suit lease agreements for Office Depot's 625,000 square-foot world headquarters and Bacardi USA's 230,000 square-foot headquarters, and represented Ryder in the negotiation of a build-to-suit lease agreement for their 250,000 square-foot world headquarters.
Office Tower Sales and Acquisitions: Represented Parmenter Realty Partners in acquisitions and sales of numerous office towers, including a joint venture to recapitalize Las Colinas Towers I & II and Mandalay Tower, Irving, Texas and SunTrust Center, Richmond, Virginia, and transactions involving The Tower at Cityplace and Park Central 7 8 9, Dallas, Texas, Nashville City Center, Nashville, Tennessee, Buckhead Tower at Lenox Square, Atlanta, Georgia, Bank of America Plaza, Jacksonville, Florida, and Fifth Third Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Public-Private Partnerships: Represented the Los Angeles Dodgers in negotiations with municipal and county authorities and a private development company in a public-private transaction involving Dodgertown, the team's spring training facilities in Vero Beach, Florida. Represented All Aboard Florida in negotiations of public-private right-of-way agreements for the development of an intercity passenger rail project to operate from Miami to Orlando. Florida.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2017, Listed in Florida for Real Estate Law
Chambers USA 2013-2016, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate
The Legal 500 2015, Recommended for Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate
Who's Who Legal, Listed for Real Estate, 2014
Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2013, 2016, Listed in Florida for Real Estate: Business
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2012, Listed for Real Estate
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013, Recommended for Real Estate
Daily Business Review's 2007 Top Dealmaker of the Year Award - Office, Recognized for Representation of Developer in Office Depot's Global Headquarters Build-to-Suit Transaction
The Legal 500 2007, 2009, 2014 Recommended for Real Estate Transactions and Finance
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Published Works & Lectures
Eric Rapkin has spoken and written extensively on commercial leasing matters for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and its legal journal, Shopping Center Legal Update, for which he was a member of the Editorial Board for over a decade.
2015 Akerman U.S. Real Estate Industry Outlook Report, Contributor
Professional Memberships & Activities
The Florida Bar, Member
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member; U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference Committee, Member; Florida Conference Committee, Chair, 2016; South Florida Idea Exchange Committee, Chair, 2009
NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), South Florida Chapter, Board Member; Chapter President, 2010
American Bar Association, Commercial Leasing Committee, Member

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Eric D. Rapkin

Real Estate
Representative Clients
Florida East Coast Industries
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Parmenter Realty Partners
Barclays Capital Real Estate
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1986; Law Review: The Tax Lawyer, Lead Articles Editor 1985-1986
B.A., University of Florida, 1983; Phi Beta Kappa
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