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Akiesha Gilcrist Sainvil focuses her practice on defending medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer products manufacturers in high-stakes complex products liability and mass torts litigation. Her skill set includes handling and managing all aspects of litigation, including management and negotiation of pre-suit matters, coordination and implementation of pleading and briefing strategy, vigorous representation of clients at depositions and hearings, coordination of high-volume discovery and expert work, representation of clients in settlement negotiations and mediation, trial preparation and trial. Akiesha understands that there are often nationwide or global business implications for clients in all litigation and works to strategically align her representation of clients with those needs.

Akiesha brings a broad range of industry experience to her practice, having also defended major retailers, automotive and transportation companies, financial and health care institutions, and insurance providers in complex commercial litigation matters throughout the country in federal and state courts (including appellate courts) and in arbitration. Akiesha also clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In drawing upon this experience, she is able to quickly adapt to ever-changing business needs and develop creative litigation strategies.

Akiesha is also active in her community. She devotes herself to the advancement and promotion of diversity in the legal profession through her service as a mentor and advocate for young and aspiring lawyers. She currently serves as Miami City Lead for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program. She also devotes time to pro bono efforts and actively supports the Miami Children’s Museum.


  • Pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Multidistrict litigation
  • Class and mass action litigation



  • Represent manufacturer of flush medical devices against wrongful death suit involving product liability claims in state court.
  • Defend medical device manufacturer of vascular devices against product liability claims in federal courts across the country.
  • Served as National Coordinating Counsel for Fortune 50 Transportation Company.°
  • Represented and defended manufacturers of various products, including HVAC systems, fire extinguishers, engines, and pharmaceutical drugs, against product liability actions in state and federal courts around the country.°
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a multinational retailing corporation in contract dispute in federal court.°
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of international banking and financial services institution in vehicle repossession class action in federal court.°

°The above representations were handled by Akiesha Gilcrist Sainvil prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

  • Judicial Intern, Honorable David S. Cercone, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Legal Intern, Immigration Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


  • Listed, “The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch,” Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2021-2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2021
  • Recognized, Palm Beach Media Group’s Aventura Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” 2021
  • Recognized, The National Black Lawyers, “Top 40 Under 40” Attorney in Florida, 2020-2021
  • Recognized, Legacy Magazine, “40 Under 40: Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” 2020
  • Selected, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program, “Pathfinder,” 2017
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
    • City Lead - Miami, Success in Law School Mentoring Program, 2020–Present
    • City Lead – Miami, Alumni Group, 2020
    • LCLD Pathfinder Program Participant, 2017
  • The Florida Bar
    • Fellow, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. (WRS) Leadership Academy, Class IX (2021-2022)
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Member, Federal Court Committee
  • Playmakers Young Professionals Support Group, Miami Children’s Museum, 2019–Present
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member, South Florida Chapter
    • Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • Museum Ambassadors, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Alumna, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2016
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Council Member, Homer S. Brown Division, 2014–2017
    • Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division, 2014–2015


  • 法務博士, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    • Senior Topics Editor, Law Review
  • 学士号, cum laude, University of Pittsburgh
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2013-2014
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit