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Richard Akin represents businesses and individuals in administrative litigation, land use and zoning matters, and licensing and permitting matters. He also has an extensive background in civil litigation and represents businesses and real estate professionals in contractual, employment and tort claims.

Richard is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In years 2020-2023, Naples Illustrated has named Richard a “Top Lawyer” in the fields of administrative and regulatory law, and land use and zoning law.

Richard worked in the Florida House of Representatives while attending Florida State University College of Law. After graduating magna cum laude from law school, he worked for a Tallahassee law firm for three years. Richard is a Fort Myers native and came home to Southwest Florida to join Henderson Franklin in 2012. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid fly fisherman.


Professional and Civic Affiliations

Richard is active in the community, holding various leadership roles. He is a member of the Horizon Council, where he actively contributes as chair of the Bylaws Committee. Additionally, Richard is a member of the Lee County Charter Review Commission. He also sits on the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Investment Society and serves on the board of the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Richard’s professional affiliations include being a member of both the Trial Lawyers Section and the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.

Representative Matters

Land Use & Environmental Law / Administrative Actions

  • Regularly represent clients before all Florida regulatory administrative authorities, as well as in administrative challenges before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).
  • Regularly represent clients before local regulatory and governmental authorities on zoning matters, planned developments, and comprehensive plan amendments.
  • Represented several national rock mining companies in state and local permitting/zoning and associated litigation.
  • Represented several large developers in land use related litigation, both judicial and administrative, including defense of land use plan amendments and developments of regional impact.


  • Act as lead counsel in numerous trials, arbitrations, and mediations in both federal and state court, as well as on appeal.
  • Served as lead counsel in numerous litigation matters representing real estate agents and brokers concerning claims under Johnson v. Davis and fraudulent misrepresentation claims.
  • Represented numerous businesses in matters involving contractual claims and disputes.
  • Represent individuals and businesses in licensing and disciplinary matters before Florida state licensing agencies and before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.


  • Represent local businesses as general counsel in an array of matters pertaining to government regulation, employments issues, and everyday operations.
  • Serve as general counsel to real estate brokerages in an array of matters pertaining to government regulation, employments issues, and everyday operations.

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