Deputy Chair, Litigation
Kathi Giddings is a partner for Akerman LLP. A formidable appellate litigator, she has represented companies in numerous high-stakes civil and administrative appeals and bar ethics issues in state and federal courts nationwide. Her diverse appellate work ranges from a sanctions appeal arising out of an oil and gas venture, in which claimed damages were $1.15 billion, to one disputing the legality of the Florida Department of Revenue's statewide tax on commercial leasehold improvements. She has represented market leaders from numerous sectors in appellate matters, including satellite television, retail, insurance, real estate, and healthcare. In conjunction with her appellate practice, Ms. Giddings monitors litigation management issues, advising on ethics issues and the unauthorized practice of law. She has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the insurance sector in twelve states and regularly consults with clients throughout the United States on insurance issues, with a special emphasis on bad faith; in-house counsel operations; and related issues involving the tripartite relationship among insurers, insureds, and defense attorneys.