FORT LAUDERDALE – Greenspoon Marder, a Florida-based
national law firm, has acquired Florida Health Law Center as part of
its expanding areas of legal service.
BizJournals.com reported earlier this
month that firm acquired the Davie-based center, giving Greenspoon
Marder five new attorneys in the field of health care and
representing providers. Center co-founders Jodi B. Laurence and Lee
F. Lasris will be the firm's co-chairs of its health care law
practice. The center was founded in 2008, according to
In an interview with The Florida
Record, Gerry Greenspoon, the firm's co-managing director, said his
firm has always been involved in health care through corporate
planning and estate planning. A few years ago, Greenspoon Marder had
an opportunity to get more involved in the health care regulatory
area when it opened its Tampa office. He said it's been “challenging”
to get that going, but that the firm has always wanted to grow in
“That's why we're quite excited about
being able to bring on Jodi Laurence and Lasris and their firm into
our Fort Lauderdale office, which gives us a great edge up on that
practice area,” Greenspoon said.
The health care industry is highly
regulated at the state and federal levels, he said, which makes it an
important field for access to legal expertise.
“As the regulations change and
evolve, health care providers, including hospitals, need that
expertise and advice to guide them through that complex area,”
The acquisition of the center comes on
the heels of other expansions by the firm.
BizJournals.com reported in July that
Murray Silverstein, formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, had
joined Greenspoon Marder at its Tampa office to help with the firm's
plans to expand its national complex litigation practice and presence
in that region.
Also, Greenspoon said, the firm has
launched its alcohol-beverage regulatory practice, as well as its
national marijuana and cannabis practice within the past six months.
The cannabis practice is focused on the medical aspect for the most
part, he said. The firm's website says the cannabis-practice group's
lawyers “counsel and advise growers, processors, retailers,
entrepreneurs and other entities” in the industry.
“We represent businesses that are
directly involved, plus ancillary businesses, and that will continue
to grow as additional states come on board,” Greenspoon said.
According to the National Conference of
State Legislatures, 25 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and
Puerto Rico have medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Four states
– Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska – have legalized
recreational marijuana use, per governing.com, and Nevada voters will
decide on the matter for their state in the November general
Greenspoon said that the firm will also
seek to expand its corporate-securities practice, especially with
its New York office.
According to gmlaw.com, Greenspoon
Marder has 14 offices nationally, 10 of which are in Florida. The
firm's other out-of-state offices are in San Diego, Denver and Las
Vegas. Greenspoon Marder was founded in 1981.