Akerman launches NY office and boosts DC

Florida-based law firm Akerman Senterfitt is to launch in New York next Monday (21 November) at the same time as it expands its Washington DC presence.

The firm, which ranked 119 in The AmLaw 200, with 400 lawyers and a gross revenue of $166.5m (£95.8m) for 2004-05, plans to officially open in Manhattan with a team of around six partners.

The office will be the firm’s second outside Florida, after it launched in DC in 2003. It has recently expanded that office with the hire of four attorneys, including partners Richard Smith from the US Department of
Justice and Alex Rene from Howrey.

Chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Cardwell said Akerman was targeting similar rapid growth within New York, with a target of 32 lawyers within a year.

He said this would most likely be achieved through lateral hires, although the firm would consider merging with a Manhattan-based real estate or corporate-focused practice.

Akerman will take over the Manhattan office space formerly occupied by Shaw Pittman prior to its merger with Pillsbury Winthrop in April.