Matthew Akiba

Matthew Akiba Esq.



Juris Doctor, Florida International University College of Law, 2021, magna cum laude

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 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.


  • 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


  • Chapter 11 Plan Confirmations and Mediation: The Need for Uniformity under the Bankruptcy CodeFlorida 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).  


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