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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that Katherine “Kathi” Giddings, a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in Tallahassee, has been named among the Top 250 U.S. Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation for the fifth consecutive year. Giddings was one of only five women from Florida who made the list. The lawyers were selected from their respective states’ rosters of local litigation stars in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation, which identifies leading U.S. trial lawyers and firms.

Board certified in appellate law by The Florida Bar, Giddings is a former Florida Supreme Court law clerk, who focuses on appellate practice with an emphasis in high-stakes civil and administrative appeals. She is a former chair of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, which governs administrative matters in all Florida appellate and trial courts, and a past chair of Florida’s Appellate Court Rules Committee.

Giddings was recently named among Benchmark Litigation’s local litigation stars in the General Commercial and Appellate categories. In recent weeks, Giddings was listed among the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers and Top 50 Florida Women Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine. She also is consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.

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 (2016). Akerman also is ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer‘s Diversity Scorecard (2016).

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 Litigation team is recognized nationally by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in several categories including Commercial Litigation and Appellate.