MATTHEW AKIBA

Matthew Akiba

Matthew Akiba Esq.

Attorney

BIO

Matthew Akiba was born and raised in North Miami Beach, Florida. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland he worked as an antique, fine art, and jewelry auctioneer in Dania Beach, Florida. 

Matthew focuses his practice on business litigation, post-judgment proceedings, and asset recovery. Specifically, Matthew has handled cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, aviation-related disputes, and art-related disputes. In addition to business related disputes, Matthew is fascinated with the intersection of art and the law and keeps up to date on recent developments in art law. 

In law school, Matthew Akiba graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned six CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for the Highest Grade in Florida Civil Procedure, International Commercial Arbitration, International Sales, Business Organizations, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Transnational Advocacy. 

Fascinated with alternative dispute resolution and international commercial law, Matthew served as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review, the Vice-President of the International Dispute Resolution Club, and competed on the International Commercial Arbitration Team. Further, Matthew served as the President of the International Law Students Association for two years as well as the Student Bar Association. 

Prior to joining Barakat + Bossa, he interned with the Honorable Beth Bloom in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and as a teacher’s assistant for Legal Writing. 

Coming from a family of small business owners, Matthew is a zealous advocate for his business clients and takes advantage of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, when possible, to ensure a swift and efficient outcome. 

JURISDICTIONS

  • Florida Bar, 2021. 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. 

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Teacher’s Assistant for Legal Research and Writing at the FIU College of Law. 

Chapter 11 Plan Confirmations and Mediation: The Need for Uniformity under the Bankruptcy Code, Florida Bar, Business Law Section (Nov. 11, 2021). 

The Florida Real Estate Recovery Fund: A System of Relief for Citizens, but with High Costs, Blog, Barakat + Bossa (Oct. 12, 2021). 

Lost in Translation: The Importance of Accurate Spelling in UCC Filings 

The CISG as a Basis for Federal Question Jurisdiction: The Need for Authority From the Eleventh Circuit, International Law Quarterly spring 2023 • volume XXXIX, no. 2 

All That Glitters is Not Gold: Private Causes of Action for Violation of the National Stamping Act, Florida Bar, Business Law Section (Feb. 28, 2024) 

Panelist at the FIU College of Law International Law Student’s Association on “Pursuing Careers in International Law” (October 2023). 

MEMBERSHIPS

Business Law Section of the Florida Bar

  • Member
  • Fellow, Business Law Section Fellowship Program

International Law Section of the Florida Bar 

  • Member
  • Executive Council Member
  • Chair, ILS Gazette Committee

LANGUAGES

Spanish, French, Hebrew (proficient) 

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