Forty-one Akerman Senterfitt attorneys have been named to Florida Trend magazine's 2007 Legal Elite, a select list of the state's top attorneys, representing less than 1.5 percent of The Florida Bar. J. Thomas Cardwell, chairman and CEO of Akerman Senterfitt, was named among the Legal Elite's nine Top Managing Partners in the state. In addition, Akerman Senterfitt again earned the distinction of Most Women Honorees in the Legal Elite.
The following Akerman Senterfitt lawyers were listed: Fort Lauderdale, Michael I. Goldberg, William P. Heller and Laura Holm; Jacksonville, Edward M. Whelan; Miami, Francis L. Carter, Scott B. Cosgrove, Susan N. Eisenberg, Michael R. Goldstein, Jonathan Goodman, Merrick L. Gross, Alice G. Hector, Bernard Jacobson, Daniel Jacobson, Neisen O. Kasdin, Teddy D. Klinghoffer, James M. Miller, Richard C. Milstein, Marlene Quintana, Stephen K. Roddenberry, Carl D. Roston, Janice L. Russell, Sean R. Santini and Lawrence D. Silverman; Orlando, Kimberly A. Ashby, J. Thomas Cardwell, Jules S. Cohen, RussellB. Hale and Jeffrey E. Mandel; Tallahassee, Katherine E. Giddings, and Tampa, Pedro F. Bajo, Leslie E. Joughin, Charles F. Ketchey and Karen M. Buesing.
In addition, eight Akerman attorneys were listed as "Up & Comers." Florida Bar members were asked to name the top up and coming attorney in Florida in practice 10 years or less: Fort Lauderdale, Philip J. Landau; Miami, Jose Gordo, Jason S. Lichtstein, Brian P. Miller, James G. Sammataro, and Scott A. Wasserman, and Orlando, James E. Frye and David A. Young.
Akerman Senterfitt continues rising up the AmLaw rankings in 2007, moving up to number 108 from last year's number 117 ranking. The firm attributes the steady climb to its long-standing success in its native state of Florida, and to its careful expansion into the national arena in recent years. Akerman first appeared on the AmLaw 200 list in 1999 at number 182.
Akerman Senterfitt continues to expand its New York office with the addition of Donald N. David, who joins the firm's national litigation practice as a shareholder. Mr. David's practice is focused on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on representing entrepreneurial clients. Mr. David additionally has experience representing many entertainers, recording artists and institutions within the entertainment industry.