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Akerman LLP


9 ranked lawyersBand 2FloridaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its experience in foreclosures, workouts and receiverships. Focuses primarily on the representation of creditors and trustees, including major national and international financial clients, alongside work for commercial landlords, suppliers, vendors and purchasers of distressed companies and assets. Strong base across Florida and also able to draw on wider nationwide bankruptcy capabilities in key hubs such as New York and Dallas.


One source says: "They are professional and responsive."

Another adds: "The firm has a deep bench and a lot of resources."

Work highlights

Represented Republic Metals in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Andrea Hartley is known for her participation in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 bankruptcies. She represents a wide range of clients including trustees and corporations.
"She's smart, knowledgeable, practical and a results-oriented lawyer." "She is very levelheaded, logical and can get deals done." "She is a very experienced attorney and is effective."

Brett Marks has built a diverse practice in the bankruptcy sector and is noted for his debtor, creditor and trustee representation.
"Brett is very capable." "He is a tremendous lawyer." "Brett is sophisticated, super smart and very practical."

Esther McKean is noted for her work on Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. Clients including trustees and corporations benefit from her knowledge of bankruptcy proceedings.
"Esther is very diligent. She is dedicated to clients, meticulous and knows her stuff."

Eyal Berger is a talented bankruptcy practitioner, with a growing creditor-side practice. He offers notable expertise in Chapter 11 proceedings.
"Eyal is a solid bankruptcy lawyer. He is effective, talented and hard-working."

Jacob Brown is joint head of the department. He has built an impressive creditor-side practice and has notable experience in cases involving real estate assets.
"Jacob is very smart." "He is a strong lawyer and is involved in good cases."

John Macdonald is a well-respected bankruptcy practitioner. His experience includes advising on debt restructurings.

Jules Cohen is a popular choice for clients seeking advice on Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. He offers notable experience handling matters in the retail and real estate sectors.
"Jules is fantastic. He is one of the most well-respected practitioners and deserves all the accolades."

Highly regarded individual Michael Goldberg is considered to be an expert in bankruptcy-related asset recovery matters.
"He is a good lawyer who handles complex cases." "He is considered to be a top performer." "Michael is a fantastic lawyer."

Steven Wirth gains market recognition for his burgeoning practice. He regularly counsels distressed companies on their finances.
"He is a strong lawyer with a complete grasp on bankruptcy matters."

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Akerman serves as bankruptcy counsel or receiver in complex insolvency cases, helping parties maximize recoveries nationwide. With a leading banking and finance practice, the group regularly represents global financial institutions, mortgage holders, and other secured creditors as well as court appointed committees, trustees, creditors, purchasers, and other stakeholders in workouts, receiverships, and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Service Offerings

  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Buyers of Bankruptcy Assets (363 Sales)
  • Chapter 11 Debtors
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Bankruptcy
  • Creditors Committees
  • Debtor-in-Possession Financing
  • Executory Contracts
  • Mortgage Warehouse Financing Workouts
  • Preference & Fraudulent Transfers Litigation Defense
  • SEC Receiverships
  • Secured Creditors
  • State Court Liquidations (ABCs)
  • Tax Credit Projects in Bankruptcy
  • Workouts & Restructuring


Buffets LLC

Clawback Defendants (Bernie Madoff)

Jay Peak Vermont Resort - Receiver

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, P.A. - Liquidating Trustee

Samsung Electronics of America

Worldwide Entertainment - Receiver




Commercial & Professional Services


Financial Services

Health Care

Private Clients / Individuals

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance


Software & Computer Services


Technology, Hardware & Electronics


Travel & Leisure


Akerman LLP


420 South Orange Avenue

Suite 1200




FL 32801

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Florida: North & Central


Esther McKean
Band 5
Jacob Brown
Band 2
John B Macdonald
Band 5
Jules Cohen
Senior Statespeople
Steven Wirth
Band 5
Florida: South


Andrea Hartley
Band 4

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