Akin Gump was founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump in a spirit of optimism and with a mission of integrity. It has sustained this guiding vision to the present. Every day, Akin Gump professionals tackle complex and highly consequential legal engagements with keen commercial awareness and dedication to its clients’ business goals.
With 21 offices, 85 practices and over 900 lawyers and professionals, Akin Gump is among the world’s largest law firms, yet it strives to provide every client with focused and consistent attention. Recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a Client Service A-Team and as one of the top 30 law firms in the U.S., Akin Gump is known for its strength in litigation and high-stakes appellate work, leadership in groundbreaking transactions and depth in public policy. Akin Gump is committed to creating, expanding and protecting its clients’ assets and interests.
Through its network of domestic and international offices, Akin Gump advises companies across myriad industries in both mature and emerging markets. Akin Gump professionals possess a sharp understanding of the intangible factors in economic and political infrastructures, combining it with first-hand government experience at the highest levels around the world. Armed with the advice of Akin Gump professionals, clients can grow and thrive in the global marketplace.
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including product liability, commercial litigation, class actions, construction, real estate, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation , labor and employment law, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, professional liability and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee and Birmingham, Alabama. For more information, please visit www.rumberger.com.
Kelly Handschumacher is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice. Her experience includes consumer class action defense, securities fraud class action defense and other complex commercial litigation. She also has experience representing individuals and investment advisers in government investigations and examinations.
Ms. Handschumacher received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2012, with a B.A. in History.
Doug Brown’s practice is exclusively commercial litigation. He represents clients in commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on consumer defense claims under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act ("FDUTPA"), also known as Florida’s “Little FTC Act.”
Approximately 75 percent of Doug’s work is consumer class actions including unfair and deceptive trade practice claims, and TCPA litigation. He has worked on several of the leading Florida cases involving the issue of causation and types of damages recoverable under the Little FTC Act or other consumer statutes.
Doug has written about and defended TCPA cases. He has been the driving force behind an effort to have the FCC reconstitute its prior position of most recently stated in the FCC’s 2005 Westfax order, while successfully securing stays based upon the pending of FCC proceedings.
He received his juris doctor, with high honors, from Florida State University College of Law and his LL.M. in Litigation from Emory University College of Law.