Tom Tew

Tew Cardenas will officially close its doors April 1 following the death of Miami law firm co-founder Thomas Tew, managing partner Joe Rebak said Wednesday.

Co-founder Al Cardenas decided to leave for Squire Sanders & Dempsey less than a month after Tew died Jan. 27, and a group including former U.S. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen left to start their own firm, Lehtinen Schultz Riedi Catalano De la Fuente.

On Wednesday, Rebak announced he and four lawyers from Tew Cardenas would join Akerman. The others are Maria Gonzalez, Brian Tague and Bryan West, who will join Akerman as partners, and Lorayne Perez, who will join as an associate.

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the Akerman team,” said Akerman chairman and CEO Andrew Smulian. “This group includes lawyers with practices that mirror Akerman’s core strengths in the real estate industry as well as in corporate and financial litigation, and Latin American disputes.”

Additionally, Tew partner Santiago Echemendia said Wednesday that he is joining Shutts & Bowen as a partner.

“I liked the fact that Shutts is a Florida firm and it is based in Miami,” Echemendia said. “They are one of the firms I felt most strongly about joining.”

The remaining lawyers at Tew Cardenas are Jerry Campos, Joseph DeMaria, Matias Dorta, Jeremy Korch, Jeffrey Tew, Spencer Tew and David Turken.