David Ackerman is one of the three founding partners of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of Business Litigation, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Legal Ethics (including Florida Bar matters) Professional Malpractice and Class Actions. Board certified in Business Litigation, he has an ‘AV’ Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating awarded to lawyers by their peers for legal ability and professional ethical standards.
He has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America since 2003 for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation. He was also named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers of America in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. He is ranked in the Florida edition of Chambers and Partners USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2017. David is also ranked among the “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, a list that represents fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members and he was selected to their “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” in 2014. He has been selected to Florida Super Lawyers from 2006-2017 and is listed in the Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition. He has also been selected as a Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2002.
In addition to his active law practice, David has been a leader within the legal organization and helped establish the firm’s culture of giving back to the legal community and communities where the firm does business. He is a past member of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, past chair of the State/Federal Judicial Liaison, Business Litigation and Law School Liaison committees and a past member of the Steering Committee of Business Litigation in Florida (Fla. CLE 9th Ed. 2017) and Current Author “Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees”. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where he serves on the Professionalism committee and is past chair of the Professionalism and Commercial Litigation committees. He received the Professionalism Award given by the Palm Beach County Bar Association to an individual who exemplifies the highest ideals of ethics within the legal system. He is also an emeritus member of the American Inns of Court, Palm Beach Chapter. In 2017, David was named the recipient of the Shepard P. Lesser Professionalism Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in our community.
He has served as past chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, Florida and is a past member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal. He is a member and past-president of the Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter and was appointed by the Chief Judge to the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Mediation for the U.S. District of Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he is a member of the Moot Court committee. He formerly served on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure committee and was past chair of the Florida State committee.
David is very active with The Salvation Army, where he has been an advocate and volunteer since 1992. He currently serves on its Advisory Board and is chair of both the Long Range & Strategic Planning and Northwest Community Center Event committees. He was their Hearts of Gold honoree in 2010 and the firm received the 2015 Shining Star Award in recognition of its outstanding service and dedication in Palm Beach County. He is also a member of The Legal Aid Society of Florida, Board of Trustees, is past chair of the Board of Directors and is a past recipient of their Pro Bono Service award.