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Kerime S. Akoglu


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Kerime is a litigator with experience in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and government investigations. Kerime advises clients in all stages of litigation, and has been an integral member of multiple trial teams in state and federal courts.

Kerime has an active pro bono practice, with experience in immigration, appellate, and bankruptcy matters. In 2017, Kerime was part of the Mintz Levin team recognized by the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project for its Pro Bono Law Firm Award. Kerime was also awarded the firm’s 2017 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award, given annually to one attorney in recognition of extraordinary pro bono service.

Kerime earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Boston College International & Comparative Law Review. While attending law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable John M. Leventhal in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and for the Honorable Frank J. Bailey in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, and worked as a teaching assistant for the first-year criminal law course. Prior to law school, Kerime served as an intern at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler.


  • First-chaired a bench trial in bankruptcy court and obtained a complete discharge of client’s student loans.  Smith v. US Dep’t of Educ., 582 B.R. 556 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2018).
  • Second-chaired a bench trial in the District of Massachusetts in successful representation of insurance company facing claims of bad faith and negligence. 
  • Representation of multi-billion dollar company in an action involving claims of breach of contract and fiduciary duties, including as part of the trial team in Delaware Chancery Court.  
  • Representation of the former directors and officers of Toys “R” Us in a lawsuit brought by the Toys “R” Us Creditor Litigation Trust alleging various claims arising out of the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy.  Successfully secured a global settlement on behalf of defendants before trial.
  • Representation of global asset management company in a confidential arbitration seeking injunctive relief and damages against former employees.
  • Representation of former executives and board members in an action involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Representation of executives of a public biopharmaceutical company in an action involving claims of securities fraud.
  • Representation of multiple physicians in DOJ investigation of possible False Claims Act violations.
  • Representation of a drug distributor company in a DOJ investigation of possible Controlled Substances Act violations.
  • Representation of an individual in connection with a DOJ investigation of campaign finance violations.
  • Representation of digital advertising executives in DOJ investigation of possible fraud at advertising agency.
  • Representation of an individual in connection with a DOJ investigation of possible antitrust violations.
  • Representation of a college student in a Title IX investigation.
  • Representation of foreign ambassador in a criminal matter relating to alleged visa fraud in the SDNY.
  • Representation of high-level executives in various internal investigations.
  • Representation of a minor fleeing gang violence in Central America and seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status in the United States.
  • Representation of individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
  • Representation of multiple Afghan civilians seeking to escape Afghanistan after being targeted by the Taliban for aiding U.S. forces.
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Mintz represented a former Turkish judge in his six-year odyssey to obtain asylum in the United States, preparing his application, voluminous exhibits, and a persuasive brief and guiding him through the asylum interview process.

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News & Press

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NEW YORK – Mintz is pleased to announce that 18 attorneys have been named New York Metro Super Lawyers and 11 attorneys have been named New York Metro Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for 2023.

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Mintz is pleased to announce that 120 firm attorneys have been recognized as leaders by Best Lawyers® in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

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17 Mintz attorneys have been named New York Metro Super Lawyers and nine Mintz attorneys have been named New York Metro Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for 2022.

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Best Lawyers® recognized 108 firm attorneys in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Notably, two Mintz attorneys – Poonam Patidar and Scott M. Stanton – received 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” awards, and 28 firm attorneys were included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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Mintz Members David Siegel and Jason Halperin authored this New York Law Journal article, which revisits the Autumn Jackson decision, and the subsequent 20 years of case law, for perspective on the Avenatti charges. The piece focuses on the challenges federal prosecutors face in trying to make reputational-threat based extortion charges stick.

In this year-end piece, the editorial team at Lawyers Weekly highlights some (and gives thanks for) local pro bono efforts. The first matter highlighted is one that involved two Mintz attorneys – Lavinia Weizel and Kerime Akoglu – who helped a pregnant mother facing eviction and likely homelessness. The matter was brought to Lavinia and Kerime though a volunteer attorney at the Civil Appeals Clinic, which is run by the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
In light of the climbing rate of borrowers buckling under the weight of student loan debt, the Massachusetts Bar Association launched the Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistance Project to convince attorneys to represent borrowers in bankruptcy trying to have their debt wiped on a pro bono basis.
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Events & Speaking


Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege: Best Practices & Future Trends

6th Annual All Day MCLE La-LAW-palooza

San Diego, CA

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Student Loan Discharge: There is a Way

Boston Bar Association


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Overview of Federal Policy on Student Loans and Debt Relief

Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America- Ones to Watch: Litigation - Securities (2023-2024)

  • New York Super Lawyers Rising Star: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2022 - 2023)

  • Selected for the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2019 Pathfinder Program

  • Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2017)

  • United States Bankruptcy Court "Honor Roll" for Pro Bono Service (2016 – 2018)

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  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
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