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 sectors, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, we are ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The American Lawyer (2016). Akerman is recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in 83 tier-one national and regional practice rankings. We are also ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2016), and among the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality", with a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (2016). Founded in 1920, the firm serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from throughout Florida, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Texas and Washington, DC. With an entrepreneurial management style that rewards teamwork, it’s no wonder Akerman attracts attorneys with top-flight credentials. Our low shareholder-to-associate ratio allow attorneys to maintain close senior-level supervision of all matters so that a case is handled in the most expeditious and positive manner possible. We offer an innovative R&D Council, a co-venture with clients to develop new business solutions and value-based billing arrangements to address changing client needs and the evolving marketplace. Our nationally recognized impact philanthropy model, partnering nationally with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA), supports our commitment to community leadership and pro bono service in the areas of education and youth development. We have been honored among the most socially responsible law firms by Financial Times. Diversity is a key part of our platform for innovation which allows us to serve our clients in more thoughtful and extra-ordinary ways, and we embrace diversity as a strategic competitive advantage. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee develops initiatives each year to support the development and advancement our diverse professionals. Our internal diversity & inclusion network groups were created to provide support, development and networking opportunities at the Firm. These network groups facilitate relationship-building among the firm's lawyers and provide a forum in which traditional and peer-mentoring opportunities can develop and flourish. Akerman is an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), an organization of more than 265 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are committed to the development and promotion of minority and female lawyers. Our firm participates in many of LCLD's programs including the Fellows Program, Pathfinders Program, Success in Law School Mentoring Program and 1L Scholars Program. We are also proud of our participation in the OnRamp Fellowship Program, a re-entry program that matches experienced women lawyers returning to the profession after an extended hiatus with law firms. Our innovative spirit was highlighted by our participation in the inaugural 2016 "Women in Law Hackathon" project, a Shark Tank style pitch competition created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law to generate innovative ideas and solutions that will lead to greater retention and advancement of experienced women in law firms. Our associates have the opportunity to work on dynamic, complex legal matters for a broad range of clients that include Fortune 500 and multinational corporations, start-up ventures, major U.S. financial institutions, leading insurers, professional and trade associations, venture capitalists, professional sports teams, government agencies, and prominent individuals. New associates are encouraged and expected to take on increasing levels of responsibility. All associates, regardless of background or level of experience, are assigned a formal mentor when they join our Firm. The purpose of the mentoring program is to help facilitate the professional development of each associate, both entry-level and lateral, by providing one-on-one guidance from a senior attorney at the firm. Associates receive substantive formal and informal training within their designated practice group. We offer a national platform and practice groups with expertise in transactions, regulatory matters and disputes, including bankruptcy & reorganization, consumer financial services, corporate/M&A, fraud & recovery, government affairs & public policy, healthcare, intellectual property, labor & employment, litigation, real estate, and tax. For more information, please visit us at www.akerman.com.