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Margaret Mathews Named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by Hillsborough County Bar Association
January 12, 2017
Margaret Mathews was selected as the recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's (HCBA) 2016 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes lawyers who have made a significant difference in the practice of law and in the community with their personal and professional conduct. She was presented with the award by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew on Jan. 11 during the HCBA's quarterly meeting.

Mathews serves as Akerman's Tampa Litigation Practice Group Leader. A seasoned business litigator, she is a Certified Mediator and Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law by The Florida Bar. Mathews has more than 30 years of experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before administrative institutions in business disputes, contractual claims, statutory claims, business torts, products liability, class actions, mass actions and licensing matters.

Mathews has led several local bar associations and groups as a former president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. She also has served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar since 2011. She frequently speaks at legal education seminars and serves as a volunteer pro-bono lawyer for Tampa Bay Area Legal Service. Her continued leadership and commitment to the community has earned her recognition by The Florida Bar as a recipient of the President's Pro Bono Award. She also has been honored with the HCBA's Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers' Achievement Award, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers' Leader in the Law Award.

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