Florida Trend Recognizes Akerman Lawyers Among Legal Elite with Most Women Honorees in the State

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Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that Florida Trend has named 27 of the firm’s lawyers to its 2017 Legal Elite list.

The publication’s ranking made Akerman one of the top firms in the state for total lawyers listed, and the firm with the most women honorees. Akerman’s Legal Elite honorees include lawyers from offices across Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

Partners Karen Buesing and Katherine Giddings were once again recognized among a distinguished group of practitioners in the publication’s Hall of Fame. Florida Trend also identified seven Akerman lawyers under the age of 40 who were named Up & Comers for their record of excellence in the legal community and represent the future of law.


The 2017 Legal Elite list recognizes the state’s top lawyers as selected by their peers through a voting process in 27 practice areas. The publication recognizes less than two percent of the more than 104,000 Florida Bar members practicing in the state.

The Akerman lawyers honored in 2017 are:

Silvia M. Alderman, Environmental & Land Use
Jacob A. Brown, Bankruptcy & Workout
Karen M. Buesing, Labor & Employment
Michael B. Chavies, Commercial Litigation
Carol L. Schoffel Faber, Real Estate
Kristen M. Fiore, Appellate Practice – Up & Comer
Christian P. George, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Katherine E. Giddings, Appellate Practice
Andrew P. Gold, Commercial Litigation
Daniel Jacobson, Business Law
Arlene K. Kline, Labor & Employment
Andrew M. Loewenstein, Commercial Litigation
Jason L. Margolin, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Margaret D. Mathews, Commercial Litigation
Rebecca A. Ocariz, Commercial Litigation
Guy E. Quattlebaum, Civil Trial
Carl D. Roston, Business Law
Leslie Schultz-Kin, Commercial Litigation
Lawrence D. Silverman, Antitrust & Trade Regulation
David I. Spector, Insurance
Glen A. Stankee, Tax
Allison M. Stocker, Commercial Litigation – Up & Comer
Leslie Miller Tomczak, Construction
Whitney M. Untiedt, Criminal Law – Up & Comer
Steven R. Wirth, Bankruptcy & Workout
Carrie Ann Wozniak, Appellate Practice – Up & Comer
Melissa S. Zinkil, Labor & Employment – Up & Comer


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