Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP - Reviews

5 Star Rating     4 reviews

Main Office:

255 South Orange Avenue | Orlando | FL | 32801

Phone: 407-843-7860 |

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"Associate Attorney"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Advice to law firm management: Consider offering a training course for new associates (or anyone interested) that is basically a crash course in firm economics, bottom-line incentives, unspoken and unwritten expectations for attorney development, etc. These things exist and are available, but a more formal, structured process will help retain associates and make them more effective, plugged-in members of the team.

Pros: Typical biglaw resources, solid travel/expense/CLE budget for younger attorneys, good trainings, software and capabilities are far beyond what you'll find at a smaller boutique. Sophisticated clients and matters, interesting work. It varies by office and practice group, but on the whole, the partners are reasonable people with souls who actually care about associate development. Name recognition, etc. Basically all the typical AmLaw100 pros.

Cons: Benefits could be better. No 401(k) match for associates, but with the higher biglaw salaries and bonuses, it's not a dealbreaker for most. Also has all the typical AmLaw100 red tape, with a steep learning curve on the administrative side for attorneys without biglaw experience. A lot really depends on your practice groups and even the partners you work for (no surprises there), but you have to be comfortable putting in the leg work to ask questions and get a grasp on the non-billable side of the practice. Finally (and this could be a product of certain practice groups/offices/managing partners), there's not a ton of transparency for associates on the financial/business/internal politics side of the practice. Takes a lot of (non-billable) to figure out where the financial incentives are, where the sustainable sources of work really are, etc. All of that being said, it's a great place with an ambitious and excellence-oriented culture, all the while offering associates plenty of training and guidance as they develop their practice. Not planning on going anywhere anytime soon. Might leave once partnership is on the horizon (see above comment re: lack of transparency on financials and internal politics).

Partners to Avoid and Why: None so far, but that's always personal experience.. Rumor has it the Consumer Finance group has some tough partners to work for.

Favorite Things About this Firm: See above re: pros.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time
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"A Fantastic Firm"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Don't be afraid to take your work home with you for the first few weeks, it will help you get adjusted much more quickly.

Pros: I have been working for Akerman LLP for 2 years and I must say it's been a pleasure. Staff is super friendly and helpful, wonderful environment.

Cons: The scheduling can be tough to work with at times. It's a very busy firm with a very high workload, but it's manageable.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee
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"A Great Place to Start"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on Oct 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: My advice to the firm is to keep doing exactly what you are doing. I have met several former employees who have branched into exciting careers from the experience and time spent at Akerman.

Pros: This is a fantastic starter firm. The partners are always willing to listen and help you as you begin your career. I loved my time here.

Cons: It's a small firm, so there's not significant room for advancement. Other than that, the worst thing about working here was leaving.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee
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"Solid but Problematic"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on Jul 01, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Would be a much better place if I felt like I could actually move on in my career without leaving and just having my time here pad my resume for the next firm more open to newcomers.

Pros: High profile firm with many reputable partners and clients to learn from. My skills and knowledge in various areas have really developed during my time here.

Cons: Almost impossible to advance. Seems like the firm only brings in new talent to do the grunt work and only advances those people already with a name who can bill high amounts.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee
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