Matthew Akiba

Matthew Akiba Esq.



Juris Doctor Candidate, Florida International University College of Law, 2021

B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2015


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. In 2019, he began studying law at the Florida International University College of Law where he is now entering his final semester. He has 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.

He is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review and is currently the president of the International Law Students Association. He also served on the international commercial arbitration team and on the board of 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.

Matthew comes from a family of small business owners and aspires to be a commercial litigator when he graduates.


  • International Commercial Arbitration Team, Vis Moot Competitor
  • World Arbitration and Mediation Review, Editorial Staff Member
  • International Law Students Association, President
  • Student Bar Association, 2L Representative


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