WWL: Florida covers the leading lawyers across 27 areas of law. Practitioners from 168 firms are recommended this year, but five prominent firms account for 20 per cent of all listings. We profile them here.
Full-service law firm Akerman sees 16 lawyers listed in our inaugural Florida edition. The top-tier firm displays its breadth of expertise and exemplary work with its practitioners highlighted across a total of 10 practice areas.
Our research has identified real estate as a key area in which Akerman thrives. Three practitioners are nominated for their top-notch output across the real estate legal remit, excelling in financing, litigation and acquisition services. The firm’s general litigation practice sees two standout practitioners, renowned for handling complex professional malpractice and wide-ranging IP issues, noted in our corresponding chapter.
M&A and governance and environment law are clear strengths in Akerman’s arsenal. The firm’s long-standing M&A practice provides a wealth of knowledge to regional and international clients, while the firm’s environment specialists have considerable expertise advising on DRIs and contamination services.
Notable names at the firm include Eric Rapkin, seasoned chair of the firm’s real estate group. James Miller showcases an immaculate disputes practice, which sees him represent clients across a broad range of sectors. Katherine Fackler is a go-to for her restructuring and insolvency expertise, while Rebeca Mosquera comes highly esteemed for her strong track record in the arbitration field.
Respected American business firm Carlton Fields secures a place among the top firms in Florida in this year’s research, with eleven listings across seven practice areas, illustrating the firm’s strong capability in core business fields.
The firm distinguishes itself in construction and real estate matters, with four listings across our two corresponding chapters thanks to lawyers’ expertise in financing transactions, project development and project management, and contentious issues at all levels of court.
M&A and corporate governance is also a key area for the firm, with two of its specialists achieving listings for their expertise in corporate transactions and governance issues. Business crime defence is another strength of the firm, with its practitioners winning four listings for their skill defending clients in money laundering investigations, fraud cases and product liability suits.
Standout names at the firm include thought leader George Meyer, selected for his insight into the full range of construction issues. Nathaniel Doliner also receives recognition as a thought leader for his sensational M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance practice.
Full-service firm Greenberg Traurig demonstrates its strong presence in the Floridian legal market with 21 nominations across nine practice areas in this inaugural edition. Founded in Miami in 1967, the globally renowned firm now represents clients on the full gamut of legal issues from seven offices across the state.
The firm’s complete offering is displayed by its nominations across a broad range of practice areas, such as contentious proceedings (including business crime defence and litigation proceedings) and corporate advisory services, including M&A and corporate governance; wealth and succession planning; and insurance.
In particular, the firm impresses with a total of 10 nominations in our environment and real estate chapters, with its first-class lawyers advising domestic and international clients on a range of contentious, transactional and regulatory matters.
Standout lawyers at the firm include Michael Cooke and Kerri Barsh, who are touted for their expertise in environmental law. Donn Beloff is highlighted for his exceptional corporate practice, while David Coulson is commended for his dispute resolution work. Diana Zeydel and Norman Benford are renowned for their work in the private client space, regularly advising ultra-high-net-worth clients on their wealth, succession and estate planning.
Globally renowned full-service law firm Hogan Lovells asserts itself as a standout player in the Floridian legal market with 10 listings in this edition. Our research has identified the firm’s market-leading expertise across four practice area chapters.
A key area of success for the firm is its exceptional dispute resolution practice, which shines in its adept handling of high-stakes contentious matters across a range of industries and sees six nominations in our corresponding litigation and arbitration chapters. Respondents also praise the firm’s top-tier construction practice, which sees three lawyers noted for their extensive experience handling the full gamut of contentious issues and transactions.
Standout individuals include thought leader Daniel González, whose work on complex cross-border disputes makes him a preeminent name in the field; and Richard Lorenzo, who showcases his immaculate skillset in commercial disputes at home and abroad. Alvin Lindsay excels in his contentious construction proceedings, and Marty Steinberg is a go-to for white collar crime defence and investigations.
International powerhouse Holland & Knight performs well in this year’s research into the Floridian market, with its practitioners securing an impressive total of 21 listings across 12 different practice areas, demonstrating the strength and depth of the firm’s offering.
Corporate tax is an area of strength for the firm, with five of its specialists winning nominations for their experience and expertise advising clients across a wide variety of industries on contentious and non-contentious tax matters at state and federal levels.
Given the firm’s corporate tax expertise, it follows that its practitioners also secure four listings for their outstanding private client work. They come highly recommended for their skill advising high-net-worth clients and family offices on their tax issues and business ventures, as well as estate management and succession planning.
Practitioners at the firm also excel in dispute resolution proceedings, with three listings across our arbitration and litigation chapters.
Standout names at the firm include William Sherman, who is identified as one of Florida’s leading names when it comes to corporate tax issues. Edward Koren is also singled out for his top-notch private client practice, while Adolfo Jimenez emerges as a key name in the domestic market for arbitration matters. George Mencio stands out in complex litigation proceedings, and Robert Grammig excels at handling large-scale corporate transactions.