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RumbergerKirk Welcomes Eight Law Students for the Firm’s Annual Summer Associate Program

RumbergerKirk Welcomes Eight Law Students for the Firm’s Annual Summer Associate Program

The 2021 class will be twice the size of recent years and will move back to the office after a hybrid experience last year.

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1, 2021–  RumbergerKirk kicks off the 2021 Summer Associate Program today with eight law students participating. The summer associates will be working in each of the firm’s office locations including Birmingham, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa. Additionally, they will come together virtually for seminars and workshops, and they will meet in-person for RumbergerKirk’s mock trial competition at the end of the program.

“Business is on the rise and we are thrilled to be able to welcome a larger class of summer associates this year,” said Managing Partner Frank Sheppard. “We have so many law students who want to summer with us because our program offers real-world experience helping them be well prepared to hit the ground running once they graduate law school. In fact, many of our partners began their careers here as summer associates.”

The 10-week program offers law students, who are entering their final year of school, the hands-on training and development that will prepare them for a career in litigation.

They work closely with partners and their associate mentors on real client cases, including attending hearings, depositions and mediations.  They will also receive hands-on training during  professional development seminars and workshops. At the end of the program, the summer associates compete in a mock trial to put into practice all that they have learned.

“From the valuable hands-on workshops to the mock trial, we give summer associates more opportunities to develop their skills than most summer programs,” said Sheppard. “For an aspiring young lawyer interested in litigation, there is no better opportunity.”

The summer class of 2021 includes:

  • Birmingham: Julie Potts (University of Alabama)
  • Miami: Harris Blum (University of Miami ) and Andre Chinchilla (University of Miami)
  • Orlando: Meghan Kennedy (University of Florida), Graham Marcus (Stetson University), and Joseph Tracy (Florida State University)
  • Tampa:  Adam Poe (Stetson University)
  • Tallahassee: Elizabeth Pearce (Florida State University)


RumbergerKirk provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including product liability, commercial litigation, construction, real estate, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, labor and employment law, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, professional liability and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee and Birmingham, Alabama. For more information, visit