Nels Ackerson

Nels Ackerson

Title: Chairman, Lawyer
Company: Ackerson Kauffman Fex
Location: Longboat Key, Florida, United States

Nels Ackerson, Chairman and Lawyer at Ackerson Kauffman Fex, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate law.

Mr. Ackerson grew up as the son of a farmer and teacher and from an early age learned the values and hallmarks of success through hard work and care. He was active in a number of local organizations such as 4-H, and graduated his high school as class president and valedictorian. His success continued in college where he attended Purdue University. At Purdue University, he became student body president and received the G.A. Ross Award as the Most Outstanding Male Graduate. He took a year off during his sophomore year to serve as the president of the National Future Farmers of America organization. In this position, he oversaw racial desegregation and spoke at conventions, commencements, while meeting with industry leaders, educators and elected officials in the White House.

All of this experience would later benefit him in his career. He graduated from Harvard Law School with distinction and as editor of the Harvard Law Review. During his time as editor, he co-authored an article on the role of community development corporations in economic development. To this day, the article still stands as one of the Harvard Law Review’s most comprehensive student-authored pieces. In addition to receiving a degree in law from Harvard, Mr. Ackerson earned a Master in Public Policy. Since 2001, he has been a chairman of Class Corridor LLC and since 2004 he has been the chairman of Ackerson Kauffman Fex. In 1982, Mr. Ackerson shifted gears in his career by focusing on international law. He is known for opening the first American law firm in Egypt – Sidley & Austin & Naguib.

Mr. Ackerson is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, he is admitted with the United States Court Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Court of International Trade. He is known for his work in defending landowner rights, including nationwide class action suits and acting as chief counsel for the United States Senate, helping pass Title IX. He has maintained affiliation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, the American Bar Association, the American Agricultural Law Association, the Center for National Policy and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

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