Akerman Senterfitt LLP has announced the opening of its New York office located in midtown Manhattan at 335 Madison Avenue. The firm, which is the largest full service law firm in Florida with over 400 attorneys and consultants, intends to provide its Florida clients with expanded services in New York, to assist New York clients in both Florida and Latin America and to serve the New York market.
"New York is a natural market for the firm," said Akerman Senterfitt Chairman and CEO Tom Cardwell. "Our lawyers and our clients have many connections with New York. It is logical for the largest law firm in Florida to have a presence in the nation's financial and business center."
The firm will develop its New York office with lawyers whose practices are consistent with the focus of the firm. These include the corporate, real estate, litigation and Latin American areas. The office will open with seven lawyers.
Marvin Pickholz joins the firm as shareholder and will spearhead the firm's White Collar and Corporate Advisory Group. Mr. Pickholz previously served as the assistant director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement in Washington, DC, and was chief of the Enforcement Branch in New York.
Jason Pickholz joins the firm as shareholder and will focus on securities and white collar litigation, and regulatory and compliance work, representing both domestic and foreign clients before enforcement bodies including the SEC, the NASD, and the NYSE.
Thatcher Stone, as shareholder, will focus on corporate and securities transactions, cross-border finance, equipment leasing, related litigation, and debt and equity restructuring and bankruptcy.
Lansing Palmer, as shareholder, will focus on complex litigation involving fiduciaries in trusts, estates and other matters.
Kenneth G. Alberstadt, as shareholder, will focus on corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, private equity and emerging company representation.
Martin Domb, as shareholder, will focus on commercial litigation in the areas of banking (lender liability, RICO, letters of credit, collections, and trade finance), international trade, insurance, maritime, corporate, securities, professional liability and a broad variety of contractual and business torts.
Jeremy Shure, as an associate, will focus on white collar and complex commercial litigation.