Miami-based law firm Akerman LLP announced Monday that the firm has elected executive committee member David I. Spector to succeed Andrew M. Smulian as Akerman's ninth chairman and CEO.
Spector, who is also the co-chair of Akerman's Fraud & Recovery Practice Group, will begin his three-year term on Feb. 1, 2018, following the conclusion of Smulian’s decade-long tenure as chairman and CEO. The law firm has Miami offices at Brickell City Centre and in two dozen cities nationwide, including New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Smulian, who is based in Miami, has been at the helm of Akerman since 2008, serving the second-longest chairman term in the firm’s 96-year history. Since, the practice has expanded from 12 offices to 24 and has grown from 450 lawyers to 650.
Spector joined the firm in 2009, founding and co-chairing the practice’s fraud eradication team, one of the largest in the nation. He was elected to succeed Smulian via a partnership vote on Friday.
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"This is the right time to plan for succession and David is the right leader for Akerman's future,” Smulian said in a statement. “He is an exceptional trial lawyer and has practiced at the leading edge of innovation and business transformation. He has changed the legal landscape for his clients and I am confident that he will be just as successful as our next chairman and CEO."
Spector will split time between the firm’s Miami and West Palm Beach offices.