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Jacob Brown


Current Position

Partner, Deputy Chair, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group
Akerman LLP
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Class: XXXII (2021)Circuit: Eleventh


Samford University Cumberland School of Law, J.D. (1998)
North Carolina State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Pulp & Paper Science & Technology (1994)

Professional Career

A trusted advisor on restructuring and insolvency counseling and litigation, Jay Brown represents secured and unsecured creditors, committees, trustees, and debtors in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and business law matters. Recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer by a number of industry publications, Chambers USA notes he is “a deal-maker and an excellent advocate.” A significant aspect of Jay’s practice includes workouts and business reorganizations. His clients value his analysis of complex legal and business issues associated with bankruptcy and real estate matters. Prior to private practice, Jay clerked for the Honorable Jerry A. Funk, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida., Akerman LLP


Lex Mundi, Global Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group (Global Chair, 2018-; Global Chair Elect, 2017-2018; Vice Chair - North America, 2013-2017)
The Florida Bar, Business Law Section (Executive Council Member; Chair, 2019-2020; Vice-Chair, 2018-2019; Treasurer, 2017-2018; Legislative Committee Chair, 2016-2017; Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, former Chair)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee ((2016 – 2020 term))
The Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association, Member
The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Barrister 2009-2012; Master 2016 - Present
Appointed to the Florida Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 2016-2022, Commission Chair 2019-2020
Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Director, 2001-Present; Past Chairman, 2004-2005; Past President, 2003-2004
The Georgia Bar, Member
North Carolina State Pulp and Paper Foundation, Member


Chambers USA, Ranked in Florida (South Florida) for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2016-2020)
Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Bankruptcy: Business (2012-2020)
Florida Bar Business Law Section, Member of the Year Award (2017)
The Best Lawyers in America, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Real Estate, and Commercial Litigation, including “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2011-2017, 2020-2021)
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Listed for Bankruptcy & Workout; Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2019 (2010-2015)
Jacksonville Magazine, Listed in 904 Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” for Bankruptcy (2014)
Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Young Alumnus of the Year Award (2013)