Why did Keith Poliakoff leave Becker & Poliakoff

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The decision to leave the law firm founded by his father was not easy for Keith Poliakoff, according to Paul Brinkmann in the South Florida Business Journal.

Poliakoff left the Fort Lauderdale-based Becker & Poliakoff to join the Chicago-based government relations practice firm Arnstein & Lehr. He told reporters that he “simply saw a better fit” at Arnstein, especially when the firm hired state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla away from Becker a few months ago. Poliakoff and de la Portilla had been co-workers for seven years.

Arnstein has had a Florida presence for decades, but the addition of a state senator has only raised the firm’s political profile. There are now 58 attorneys working in four Florida offices.

“This was an opportunity that I found so compelling, despite the fact that my father founded the other firm,” Poliakoff told reporters. “It wasn’t an easy decision, I didn’t take it lightly.”

“We’ve really grown our Florida presence, and we will continue to do that,” said Raymond Werner, managing partner at Arnstein.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.