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Akerman Senterfitt Receives Top Honors at Benchmark Litigation Annual Awards
Winning Categories Include Regional Law Firm of the Year for Diversity and Florida Litigation Law Firm of the Year
March 26, 2012
Akerman Senterfitt today announced Benchmark Litigation has recognized the firm as Law Firm of the Year for Diversity - South and as the Florida Litigation Law Firm of the Year.

Akerman was named Law Firm of the Year for Diversity for its efforts in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, and fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that provides opportunities to minorities and women for advancement through partnership and leadership roles within the firm. Akerman’s diversity committee is co-chaired by Joseph Hatchett, the first African American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, and the first African American to serve as a Chief Judge of a federal appellate court in the southern United States, and by Michael Chavies, former Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Akerman was named Florida Litigation Law Firm of the Year for a number of high-profile and complex cases, including representation of inVentiv Health in defending class-action litigation in connection with a $1.1 billion going-private merger transaction; representation of a global defense and aerospace company in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Madrid, Spain, in connection with a commercial dispute with a foreign government; and representation of the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association as amicus curiae in appeal in the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  

"We are honored to win these awards from Benchmark Litigation, which is known for its thorough and insightful analysis of the best litigators and law firms in the United States,” said James Miller, chair of the Akerman National Litigation Practice Group. “This recognition is further evidence of the quality and diversity of talent at Akerman."

The Benchmark Annual Awards recognizes firms whose litigation departments have displayed outstanding strength and depth in their work. Akerman also was nominated in the following categories:

- Regional Woman Litigator of the Year: Katherine Eastmoore Giddings, shareholder

- Florida Litigator of the Year: James Miller, chair, Akerman National Litigation Practice Group

- Regional Appellate Firm of the Year

- Florida Case of the Year: BP America, Class Actions

The Akerman Litigation Practice Group is recognized nationally by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the Commercial Litigation category and as a national tier one law firm for International Arbitration. The team has vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, including actions involving banking, securities, healthcare, insurance, real estate and construction.

About Akerman Senterfitt
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