Akerman Celebrates 25 Years In Miami

Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 01:00

Akerman Senterfitt, the largest full-service law firm in Florida, has marked 25 years in its Miami office, and announced continued expansion of its office space to more than 125,000 square feet.

The firm now occupies eight floors of the 31-story landmark SunTrust building downtown, where it has been located for the past 12 years. The firm recently built out the entire 25th floor, which is dominated by a 2,600 square foot high-tech conference room, boardroom and catering facility.

"Since its opening, this has consistently been the fastest growing of all the firm's offices," noted Jim Miller, who has been with the Miami office for 20 years, and is its managing shareholder. "Our clients are based everywhere from Miami to Chile, Australia and Europe, but Miami's dynamic marketplace has certainly contributed to the steadily increasing demand for our services."

Akerman Senterfitt opened its Miami office - its first "branch" outside its founding Orlando office - in 1982, with one attorney. The office quickly grew to be the firm's largest, and today remains the largest of Akerman's 12 offices. The Miami office houses more than 360 total employees including 162 attorneys and consultants in eight main practice areas.

The Miami office currently includes Edward B. Davis, former chief judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and now the firmwide chair of the firm's Litigation practice; former Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael B. Chavies;Jorge Arrizurieta, former president of the Florida FTAA; Alex Villalobos, currently a member of the Florida Senate; Daniel S. Gelber, currently the minority leader of the Florida House of Representatives, and Neisen Kasdin, former Mayor of Miami Beach.

The rapid growth of the Miami office has helped propel Akerman Senterfitt to national recognition as the 85th largest law firm in the U.S., as listed in The National Law Journal's Top 250.