Akerman Top Ranked in Middle Market M&A by The Legal 500

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Firm Again Ranks Among the Best in the United States for M&A, Real Estate, Land Use, Construction and Immigration Law

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that The Legal 500 has ranked the firm 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 11 firms in the United States to share this distinction.

Akerman lawyers in the Corporate and M&A Practices also were singled out as the best in their field by The Legal 500: Mary Carroll, chair of the Corporate Practice Group; Martin Burkett and Carl Roston, co-chairs of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice; and partners Jonathan Awner, Teddy Klinghoffer, and Stephen Roddenberry. Roston, along with Scott Bettridge, an immigration partner in Akerman's Labor & Employment Practice Group, received the highest honors by The Legal 500 as "Leading Lawyers," an elite list recognizing outstanding lawyers nationwide.

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

In total, 24 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
Michael M. Benchetrit
Scott E. Bettridge
Thomas L. Raleigh III

M&A: Middle Market (Sub-$500 Million)
Jonathan L. Awner
Martin G. Burkett
Mary V. Carroll
Teddy D. Klinghoffer
Stephen K. Roddenberry
Carl D. Roston

Real Estate and Construction – Construction
Jeffrey G. Gilmore

Real Estate and Construction – Land Use/Zoning
Michael Bailkin
Cecelia Bonifay

Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
Israel Alfonso
Yariv C. Ben-Ari
Andrew R. Berman
Richard Bezold
Manuel A. Fernandez
Neisen O. Kasdin
Lisa S. Lim
Steven P. Polivy
Eric D. Rapkin
Susan K. Robin
Andrew S. Robins
Brian Tague

More details on the survey'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 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 20 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal NLJ 350 (2015). Akerman also is ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2015).

More information can be found at akerman.com or twitter.com/akerman_law.

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