Alonzo Mourning thought athletes were cutthroat, but they have nothing on law firms.
"I didn't know they were so competitive," Mourning said Wednesday night at a dodgeball competition pitting teams from Akerman Senterfitt, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Carlton Fields and Greenberg Traurig.
The competition on the Miami JW Marriott Marquis' basketball court was a benefit for United Way. Greenberg Traurig held an in-house competition previously but opened it up to other firms this year.
Akerman beat Bilzin and Carlton to take the winner's trophy, and Carlton came in second. Team captain Adam Miller, the firm's communications director, was slightly injured after tripping and falling on his knee.
Akerman took the event pretty seriously, producing uniforms and socks bearing its name, whistles, pom-poms and a flag to circle the court after each victory.
Bilzin brought out the big guns — former Miami Heat star Mourning, a friend of partner Al Dotson's, who did not play but lent his support by donning an orange Bilzin T-shirt. Bilzin head John Sumberg donned the team T-shirt and headband.
Clad in a suit and tie, Andrew Smulian, Akerman chairman and CEO, cheered his team from the sidelines.
The highlight of the night: Akerman staffers and lawyers (including partner Richard Milstein) performing a half-time version of the Harlem Shake.