Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) joins Akerman law firm as litigator

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, answers reporter’s questions on the floor of the Senate at the Capitol in Tallahassee, (Source:


From Five months after he quit a law firm job following concerns of conflicts of interest, Senate President Joe Negron has joined the Akerman firm’s West Palm Beach office.

 In January, Negron—a Stuart Republican—had resigned from the Gunster law firm, four days after Gov. Rick Scott suggested ethics reforms affecting lawyer-legislators.

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Joe Negron Rejoins Akerman’s Litigation Practice Group in West Palm Beach
June 28, 2017

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that Joe Negron has rejoined the firm’s West Palm Beach office as of counsel in the Litigation Practice Group.

“Joe is widely-known by both the bench and the bar as a compelling advocate who skillfully represents businesses and directors in complex commercial disputes. He brings important investigative and trial experience to our clients,” said Lawrence Rochefort, chair of Akerman’s Litigation Practice Group. “His strong reputation and track record make him a powerful addition to our trial team.”

Negron has 30 years of experience in high stakes litigation, business law and complex commercial litigation. He counsels officers, directors, publicly traded and privately held corporations, and individuals in an array of business disputes, including breach of contract and warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. He represents clients across a range of sectors, including healthcare, insurance, real estate and technology.

Akerman boasts one of the largest and most prestigious trial teams in the United States, ranked tier one nationally by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice. With more than 350 litigators across 24 offices, the group has vast experience in dispute resolution, including: class action defense, securities and corporate litigation, fraud and recovery, white collar crime and government investigations, and international arbitration. The firm’s litigators practice within numerous client sectors, including the financial services, real estate, energy and healthcare sectors, among others. Akerman also has a significant roster of litigators experienced in tax, bankruptcy and employment law. In Florida, Akerman is ranked the largest law firm in the state by Florida Trend magazine and the Daily Business Review.

“Akerman’s substantial bench of litigators will bring immediate value to my clients,” said Negron. “Given Akerman’s leadership position in Florida and in major markets across the United States, I am very pleased to be returning to the firm, which provides the right platform for me to advance my practice while maintaining my deep commitment to the West Palm Beach market.”

Negron currently serves as Florida State Senate President. A native of West Palm Beach, he represents the 25th District and previously served in the Florida State House of Representatives. Negron is also a past chairman of the Safe Florida Foundation, former president of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, and a recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, a law degree from Emory University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

The firm’s trial team continues to experience unprecedented growth, with more than 50 litigators joining in the past 12 months in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and West Palm Beach, among other markets.

About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2017). Akerman also is ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer‘s Diversity Scorecard (2017).

Akerman’s Litigation Practice Group has vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, including class action defense, securities and corporate litigation, banking, white collar crime and government investigations, insurance, and real estate. The team is ranked tier one nationally by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in several categories including Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice.

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