West Palm lawyer takes helm at Florida’s largest law firm


David Spector, a specialist in insurance fraud cases, becomes chairman and CEO of giant law firm Akerman LLP

A West Palm Beach trial lawyer, David Spector, became chairman and CEO this month at Akerman LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.

Spector, 46, a Palm Beach County lawyer since he got his law degree at the University of Miami, said he hopes to continue the client-centered strategy that has seen the firm grow to more than 650 lawyers nationwide.

“Many people in the industry talk about disruption in law firm industry and how to overcome those disruptions. We think about the disruptions in our clients’ industries now, about what the changes there are going to be in the next phases of their lifespans, and about focusing our business around them rather than around our industry,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

Akerman, founded in Florida, is the biggest law firm in the state and 76th biggest in the U.S., by number of lawyers. The firm has

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