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31 Akerman Senterfitt Attorneys Recognized in Florida Trend's 2010 Florida Legal Elite
August 12, 2010
Akerman Senterfitt, the largest law firm in Florida and one of the top 100 firms in the U.S., announced today that 31 of its attorneys have been recognized as best in practice by Florida Trend magazine. The attorneys are from Akerman’s Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa offices and represent a broad range of Akerman industry experience.

The Florida Trend 2010 Legal Elite list features outstanding attorneys selected by their peers through a voting process in 28 areas of practice and recognizes less than two percent of the 63,000 Florida Bar members practicing in the state.

The honored Akerman attorneys and their areas of recognition are listed below:

Kimberly A. Ashby, Appellate
Karen M. Buesing, Labor & Employment
Jacob A. Brown, Bankruptcy & Workout
Jules S. Cohen, Bankruptcy & Workout
J. Thomas Cookson, Business Law
Kirk S. Davis, Health
Michael K. Dixon, Intellectual Property Rights
Christopher S. Duke, Labor & Employment
Susan N. Eisenberg, Labor & Employment
Joanne Gelfand, Bankruptcy & Workout
Katherine Eastmoore Giddings, Appellate
Andrew P. Gold, Commercial Litigation
Michael I. Goldberg, Bankruptcy & Workout
Russell B. Hale, Tax
Joseph W. Hatchett, Appellate
Laura M. Holm, Business Law
Bernard Jacobson, Business Law
Daniel Jacobson, Business Law
Leslie Joughin III, Commercial Litigation
William Kalish, Tax
John B. Macdonald, Bankruptcy & Workout
James A. Marx, Real Estate Transactions
Joel Maxwell, Environmental & Land Use
Jason S. Oletsky, Commercial Litigation
Henry H. Raattama Jr., Tax
Ronald B. Ravikoff, Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Stephen K. Roddenberry, Business Law
Joseph W. Rugg, Health
Philip Schwartz, Business Law
Scott T. Silverman, Labor & Employment
Wesley D. Tibbals, Business Law

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