Friday, April 6, 2012

Kimberly Lopez Awarded Scholarship to Attend ABA Bar Leadership Institute Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. – April 5, 2012 – Kimberly Lopez, an associate in  Akerman Senterfitt's Orlando office and a member of its Litigation Practice Group, is one of five persons nationwide that was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend the American Bar Association's (ABA) Bar Leadership Institute Conference in Chicago last month.

The ABA grants the scholarship to upcoming leaders of small bar associations. Lopez is the 2012 president-elect for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida (HBACF), and her attendance at the leadership conference marked the first time the HBACF had been represented there.

The ABA Bar Leadership Institute Conference is the premier program for developing the skills and substantive grounding for leading a bar association with inspiration, insight and innovation. The annual conference attracts leaders and senior staff members from more than 200 bar associations.

As an associate at Akerman, Lopez focuses her practice on litigating commercial disputes and labor and employment matters. She has extensive experience in a variety of commercial matters, including contract disputes, commercial foreclosures, and enforcement of creditor rights under defaulted loan transactions. In labor and employment, Lopez has assisted in defending employers in litigation in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels and administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination and retaliation under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

About Akerman Senterfitt

Akerman is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2012) in number of lawyers and is the leading Florida firm. With 500 lawyers and government affairs professionals, Akerman serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., California, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Texas. More information can be found at or


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