Seda Aktas, B.C.S.
A former prosecutor and an expert criminal trial lawyer, Ms. Aktas has been a member of the Florida Bar for over a decade. In 2020, she was selected as Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney for 2020 in the State of Florida, a rare honor. Ms. Aktas was chosen as one of the “Top American Lawyers” in 2018, one of the youngest attorneys in the State of Florida to receive this honor, and also inducted into Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) as an Associate Fellow in 2017, an honor reserved for less than 1% of lawyers in the United States. Also in 2018, Ms. Aktas was appointed as Florida Civil Law (International) Notary, as one of 144 attorneys in the State of Florida by the State Department.In 2016, Ms. Aktas became a Board Certified Expert in the field of Criminal Trial Law subsequent to an in-depth assessment by the Florida Bar of her experience, professionalism, and a specialized exam, placing her in the small percentage of Florida attorneys who have become specialized in their respective fields of law. In 2015, Ms. Aktas was selected by Rue Ratings as one of the “Best Attorneys in America,” an honor reserved for approximately 1% of lawyers in the country by this organization. She has also been rated by Martindale Hubbell, an organization that has been rating attorneys for over a century, and has been given its highest rating, an AV-Preeminent rating, in the fields of Litigation and Criminal Law, among others. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected Ms. Aktas as one of the “Nation’s Top One Percent,” a prestigious award reserved for the elite few in Florida. She was also awarded “Top 10 Under 40”, in Florida, by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Additionally, in 2014, she was awarded “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers, she was rated a “Superb” Attorney, she was selected as “Client’s Choice” by Avvo.com, and she was designated as one of “10 Best” in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Further, Ms. Aktas has been approved to teach Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor and also served as an instructor for the NITA Florida Deposition Skills Program 2013 at Nova Southeastern University Shepherd Broad Law School.
Prior to founding Aktas Law, P.A. in 2012, Ms. Aktas served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit in Indian River County. Within months of her service, she was promoted to the Felony division, where she prosecuted charges ranging from third degree felonies to those punishable by life, as well as capital sexual battery, and she completed innumerable jury and bench trials. Ms. Aktas thereafter relocated to Fort Lauderdale where she worked as an Assistant Regional Counsel at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel. While there, she defended hundreds of serious felony cases, including white collar crimes, sex offenses and drug trafficking. Quickly grasping the other side of the criminal justice process and utilizing her knowledge as a former prosecutor, as Assistant Regional Counsel, she completed many jury trials, obtained numerous acquittals, and secured favorable results for many of her clients without having to proceed to trial.
Ms. Aktas graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Communication and International Relations. She went on to earn her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she acted as a Staff Editor for its Law Review program, which worked towards accomplishing its mission to publish a visible and forward-thinking journal that influences and engages the legal community. While in law school, Ms. Aktas was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Board, which competes in numerous national competitions among law schools. In 2007, she was selected by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida for a highly competitive internship position, and in the same year she was chosen as a candidate for the Attorney General’s Honors Program by the United States Department of Justice.
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit along with all Florida State Courts, she lives in and absolutely adores Miami, Florida.