Akerman serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., California, Virginia, Colorado, Texas, and Nevada. We are ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2010) in number of lawyers and we are the largest firm in Florida.
Akerman was founded in Orlando in 1920. The firm was instrumental in the routing of Interstate 4 through the Orlando area, the procurement of land for Disney World, and the founding of Sun Banks, now SunTrust. With a long-standing commitment to the community that has helped shape Florida's economic growth, Akerman has grown into the leading Florida firm, serving clients in Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas.
Our team has been recognized by Chambers USA and other industry publications for its market leading practices in the areas of corporate, banking, finance, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate, environmental, insurance, healthcare, and labor & employment
Steven Polivy is the Chair of the firm's Economic Development practice. His practice focuses on economic development, real estate finance, and transactional real estate matters. He has represented various charitable organizations and private schools in connection with various tax-exempt financings, including the New York headquarters of the American Cancer Society.
His practice includes representation of financial institutions that act as lenders, underwriters, and placement agents, or that serve the function of letter of credit issuers, liquidity providers, or trustees, with respect to tax-exempt and taxable debt for real estate, industrial and economic development projects, and municipal financing generally.
He has also represented various Fortune 500 companies and many closely held industrial companies with respect to their obtaining of economic development benefits from governmental agencies on a state and local level.
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