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Akerman Once Again Top Ranked in the United States in Middle Market M&A by The Legal 500
Firm Lawyers Named Among Best in M&A, Real Estate, Land Use, Construction, and Immigration Law
June 1, 2017
Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that it is once again ranked by The Legal 500 as a first tier law firm for mergers and acquisitions in the M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million) category. Akerman is one of only eight firms in the United States to maintain this distinction.

Akerman’s M&A lawyers were singled out as among the best in their field by the Guide, including Martin Burkett and Carl Roston, co-chairs of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice. Burkett and Roston lead a team of lawyers who represent strategic buyers and sellers in middle market transactions across the United States and Latin America. Other recognized M&A lawyers include: Partners Jonathan Awner, Lorenzo Borgogni, Mary Carroll, Mason Drake, Teddy Klinghoffer, Mark Liu, Paul Quinn, and Stephen Roddenberry. Roston also was once again honored among The Legal 500’s elite list of "Leading Lawyers."

In addition to its middle market M&A ranking, Akerman was recognized for the sixth consecutive year in three categories within Real Estate and Construction, including: Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning, and Construction; as well as in Labor and Employment – Immigration.

In total, 25 Akerman lawyers were recommended in their practice areas based on client and peer recognitions. The lawyers and the categories in which they are honored are listed below.

Labor and Employment – Immigration
Maria I. Casablanca
Thomas L. Raleigh, III

M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million)
Jonathan L. Awner
Lorenzo Borgogni
Martin G. Burkett
Mary V. Carroll
Mason H. Drake
Teddy D. Klinghoffer
Mark Y. Liu
E. Paul Quinn
Stephen K. Roddenberry
Carl D. Roston

Real Estate and Construction – Construction
Stacy Bercun Bohm
Jeffrey G. Gilmore

Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning
Cecelia Bonifay
Neisen O. Kasdin
Lisa B. Kolieb
Brady R. McShane
Joshua J. Rinesmith

Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
Richard Bezold
Herman Enayati
Carol L. Schoffel Faber
James H. McNeil Jr.
Eric D. Rapkin
Susanne Zabloudil

More details on the Guide's methodology, along with Akerman's rankings, are available on The Legal 500 website.

About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2017). Akerman also is ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2017).

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