Jeremy Shure
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Akerman has launched an emerging companies practice, a new firmwide focus on startup companies, business incubators and venture capitalists.

The new practice area will be co-led by Jeremy Shure, of counsel in Akerman’s New York office, and pull about 30 lawyers from corporate, labor, tax and intellectual property areas.

The emerging companies practice dovetails with Akerman’s recent opening of a satellite office at LAB Miami, an entrepreneurial incubator in the city’s Wynwood district, and its sponsorship of TechStars NYC. Akerman has been selected as a 2014 sponsor of TechStars, one of the premier startup accelerators in the world.

In August, Akerman became the first law firm to lease space at LAB Miami. The firm embedded after leasing space for six to 10 lawyers on rotation. Supported by the Knight Foundation, LAB Miami is a 10,000-square-foot campus for tech-focused entrepreneurs.

“Not only are we providing legal guidance to these startup companies but mentorship as well,” Shure said. “We wanted to create a connection between our work in South Florida and our work in New York.”

Shure was one of seven attorneys that opened Akerman’s New York office in 2005. He left the firm for four years to serve as chief operating officer of a logistics company and start his own venture capital firm, and rejoined Akerman in September.

The Miami-based firm has more than 550 lawyers and lobbyists in 19 offices throughout the country.