Conflict Puts Akerman-WolfBlock Merger In Question

Law360, New York (August 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After months of working toward a possible combination, Miami-based Akerman Senterfitt and Philadelphia-based WolfBlock LLP have hit a wall over a client conflict.

The merger, which would combine Akerman’s team of 500 lawyers with WolfBlock’s 317 lawyers, has already been approved by the firms’ executive committees, but the conflict has thrown a wrench into the deal.

“There are issues under continued discussion in this process ... among them is a client conflict that cannot be discussed publicly, because of client confidentiality,” said Akerman chairman Andrew M....
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