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Business Observer Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 11 months ago

Venerable law firm elects new shareholder

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Richard Akin joins stockholders in 94-year-old Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt.

FORT MYERS — The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt recently elected attorney Richard Akin as a stockholder. Akin joined the firm in 2012 and is a member of the tort and insurance litigation division.

Akin’s practice is focused on representing local municipalities, businesses, insurance companies and individuals in civil, employment and tort claims, including constitutional claims, premises liability, product liability and motor vehicle accidents, according to a statement. He also represents businesses and individuals in administrative litigation, including licensing and permitting matters.

Akin also represents many Florida school boards in tort and special education matters under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act and representation in connection with constitutional matters under the First, Fourth and 14th amendments.

Founded in 1924, Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally based law firm between Tampa and Miami with more than 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Offices are in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples.

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