45 Broad and Cassel Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers® in America, Four Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Broad and Cassel is pleased to announce that 45 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. Additionally, four attorneys were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective specialty areas.

Only one attorney in each practice area in each region is named a “Lawyer of the Year,” and Broad and Cassel attorneys took home the “Lawyer of the Year” designation in four practice areas for three metro areas in the state.

Broad and Cassel attorneys named a “Lawyer of the Year” include:

  • Managing Partner Mark Raymond for Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions in Miami
  • Partner Beverly Pohl for Appellate Practice in Fort Lauderdale
  • Partner Clifford Hertz for Land Use and Zoning Law in West Palm Beach
  • Of Counsel Anne Novick Branan for Health Care Law in Fort Lauderdale

The following Broad and Cassel attorneys were selected for recognition among The Best Lawyers in America 2017:

  • C. David Brown, II, Chairman, Government Relations Practice, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law*
  • Jeffrey A. Deutch, Managing Partner, Real Estate Law*
  • Gabriel L. Imperato, Managing Partner, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Health Care Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants**
  • Patricia Lebow, Managing Partner, Commercial Litigation*
  • Mark F. Raymond, Managing Partner, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Securities, and Public Finance Law*
  • M. Stephen Turner, Managing Partner, Commercial Litigation*
  • Robert Alfert, Jr., Partner, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Litigation – Construction*
  • Sara W. Bernard, Partner, Real Estate Law
  • Michael Bittman, Partner, Health Care Law*
  • Steven Ellison, Partner, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Peter R. Goldman, Partner, Commercial Litigation
  • Clifford I. Hertz, Partner, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law
  • Arvin J. Jaffe, Partner, Banking and Finance Law
  • Carlos E. Loumiet, Partner, Banking and Finance Law*
  • Richard B. MacFarland, Partner, Real Estate Law*
  • George Mahfood, Partner, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Douglas L. Mannheimer, Partner, Government Relations Practice and Health Care Law
  • Daniel S. Newman, Partner, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Securities, and Securities Regulation
  • Lester J. Perling, Partner, Health Care Law*
  • Beverly A. Pohl, Partner, Appellate Practice*
  • Douglas Rillstone, Partner, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation – Environmental*
  • Carl V. Romano, Partner, Real Estate Law
  • Carl Rosen, Partner, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates
  • Stephanie Russo, Partner, Health Care Law
  • Mike Segal, Partner, Health Care Law*
  • James E. Slater, Partner, Real Estate Law*
  • Jeremy Springhart, Partner, Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
  • Douglas E. Starcher, Partner, Public Finance Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Charles Stratton, Partner, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law*
  • George W. Tate III, Partner, Construction Law
  • Jo O. Thacker, Partner, Real Estate Law
  • James J. Wheeler, Partner, Real Estate Law
  • Michael K. Wilson, Partner, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Litigation – Construction*
  • Patricia Baloyra, Of Counsel, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • C. Ken Bishop, Of Counsel, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law*
  • Anne Novick Branan, Of Counsel, Health Care Law
  • Paul R. DeMuro, Of Counsel, Health Care Law**
  • Jacqueline S. Miller, Of Counsel, Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law
  • Mark R. Osherow, Of Counsel, Commercial Litigation
  • A. Wayne Rich, Of Counsel, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • A. Jeffry Robinson, Of Counsel, Corporate Law
  • Emery H. Rosenbluth, Jr., Of Counsel, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation
  • Jon A. Sale, Of Counsel, Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Stephen Siegel, Of Counsel, Health Care Law
  • Jayne C. Weintraub, Of Counsel, Criminal Defense: White-Collar

* Denotes 10th year on the list
** Denotes 20th year on the list

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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BCBA Appoints Shachi Mankodi to Women in Leadership Committee

We are pleased to announce that Shachi Mankodi, senior counsel in the firm’s FoSMankodi_72dpi_140widthrt Lauderdale office, has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s (BCBA) Women in Leadership Committee.

Mankodi will work closely with BCBA staff to further professionalism in the practice of law throughout Broward County and organize continuing legal education seminars of benefit to the greater membership and community at large. She will serve a one-year term.

As a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, Mankodi represents individuals and organizations in licensure disputes and proceedings as well as compliance and reimbursement matters involving the Medicaid and Medicare programs. She also has been involved in coordinating state health care policy for the Office of the Governor and has provided legislative policy analysis and recommendations to executive agencies.

Active in various community and professional organizations, Mankodi is a member of the South Asian Bar Association and IMPACT Young Ambassadors for Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundations, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned her juris doctor from Florida State University College of Law.

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Reminder to Health Care Providers: You Have to Disclose to Patients That You Are an Investor in the Entity To Which You Are Referring Them

By: Fred Segal

Attorneys may sometimes discover that, unknown to the client, their clients may be engaging in conduct that is violative of the law. Much of the time, the client simply isn’t aware that such law exists. One of the more common statutory provisions that slips through the cracks is Florida Statute Section 456.052. The foregoing statute provides that a health care provider must disclose, to a patient, his or her investment interest in an entity before he or she refers the patient to such entity. The term “health care provider” in this context not only includes physicians, but also chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists.

Please visit South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report to continue reading.

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July 2016 Health Law Update Now Available

Please visit this page for the July 2016 installment of Broad and Cassel’s “Health Law Update.” Topics include Medication Therapy Management, balance billing legislation, false claims and healthcare providers and bankruptcy.

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Shachi Mankodi Elected to Florida Health Law Executive Council

SMankodi_72dpi_140widthWe are pleased to announce that Shachi Mankodi, senior counsel in Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been elected to The Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Executive Council. She will serve a three-year term.

With approximately 1,100 members, the Health Law Section provides professional development opportunities for its members as well as networking engagements to support the advancement of the health law field. The Executive Council serves as the governing body.

As a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, Mankodi represents individuals and organizations in licensure disputes and proceedings as well as compliance and reimbursement matters involving the Medicaid and Medicare programs. She also has been involved in coordinating state health care policy for the Office of the Governor and has provided legislative policy analysis and recommendations to executive agencies.

Active in various community and professional organizations, Mankodi is a member of the South Asian Bar Association and IMPACT Young Ambassadors for Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundations, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned her juris doctor from Florida State University College of Law.

Broad and Cassel’s Health Law Practice Group will host its sixth annual Health Forum in Hollywood Sept. 7. Please visit this page for additional information.

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Patients Expect Excellent Customer Service

By: Stephen Siegel

Recently, I had pain in my lower back, hips, legs, ankles and feet. When a combination of rest, pain medication, and anti-inflammatory drugs did not resolve the problem, my PCP ordered a CT of my spine and I sought treatment from a specialist. Uncertain which specialty to consult, I made appointments with a pain specialist and a neurosurgeon.

The waiting room of the pain specialist was crowded, there were few chairs, people were standing, and the air was hot and humid. After waiting about 45 minutes, I was called into the examination area where the practice’s staff worked. The temperature in this area was very comfortable; definitely cooler than in the waiting room, and the staff did not seem concerned.

As for my “examination”, the Physician Assistant asked a series of questions, which I had already answered on this practice’s intake form. When the physician entered, I offered him the CD of my CT and the radiologist’s written report. Curiously, this physician never performed a physical examination or reviewed my CT, which I pointed out, was on his desk. After asking me about my current pain level, this physician offered to perform a spinal block in the office that afternoon!

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The Pharmacist’s Increasing Role in Moving Toward Greater Quality Care in a More Cost Effective Manner

By: Paul DeMuro

One cannot help but read or hear about how the costs of drugs are going up and are becoming a greater percentage of the costs of treating patients. Many reasons are cited, including the greater costs of research and development for pharmaceutical companies, greater regulation, drug companies deciding to raise the prices of certain drugs because they believe they can do so, and direct to consumer (DTC) advertising making patients more aware of certain drugs that they might ask their clinicians to prescribe. In addition, pharmaceutical companies have been accused of paying other companies to keep their products from becoming generics or just paying them to delay introducing or marketing other drugs. Individuals seem to have more chronic diseases, more comorbidities and are taking a greater number of drugs. These more complicated patients seem to cost more to treat and often the costs and number of drugs are seen as a significant factor in the overall cost of healthcare.

The state of Vermont has responded by passing a law making drug makers justify their price increases. The Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe is considering pricing drugs to reward companies for the clinical benefit of the treatment. The Part D Medicare program is introducing an Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Program for 2017.

Please visit The Lund Report to continue reading.

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How to fight medical errors and optimize treatment plans with Medication Therapy Management programs

The Advisory Board Company interviewed Of Counsel Paul R. DeMuro to discuss the challenges facing Medication Therapy Management (“MTM”) and the role it can play in improving health care. Dr. Stephanie Gernant, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy, also participated in the discussion.

Please visit this page to read the Q&A.

 

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Supreme Court Upholds the False Claims Act Implied Certification Theory

By: Stephen Siegel

The following article was published in the July 2016 edition of South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report.

TREBLE DAMAGES PLUS A PENALTY of as much as $11,000 per claim; that is the exposure a physician, hospital or other healthcare provider may face for violating the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). One of the issues that is important in any allegation that the statute has been violated is determining that a claimant knowingly submitted “false” or “fraudulent” information. Every claim and cost report (as well as many other forms) that is submitted to the Medicare or Medicaid program includes a statement wherein the submitter attests to the truth of the information contained thereon.

In many instances falsity is fairly easy to determine; for example, whether services were performed as billed. However, in some instances it is not so clear; for example, when a service is rendered and accurately billed, but provided by someone who is not appropriately licensed. While the information on the claim is accurate, under the circumstances is this a false statement? The government and many Whistleblowers have argued that the FCA encompasses this second type of billing under the theory of “implied false certification”; that is, in signing the attestation a claimant is certifying that not only is the information on the claim (or cost report) accurate, but all of the underlying legal/regulatory conditions necessary to provide those services and submit that claim have been satisfied.

Please visit this page to continue reading.

 

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Broad and Cassel Attorneys Honored as Florida Legal Elite

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced 16 firm attorneys have been recognized by their peers for their legal expertise in Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2016 published in July.

Firm Chairman C. David Brown, II and West Palm Beach Managing Partner Patricia Lebow join a select few being inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame – a group of attorneys who have been consistently ranked in the top tier in Legal Elite voting over the years. Two Broad and Cassel attorneys also were named Up and Comers.

The following Broad and Cassel attorneys were honored as Florida Legal Elite:

Fort Lauderdale

Miami

Orlando

Tallahassee

West Palm Beach

Less than two percent of active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida were chosen for the Florida Legal Elite 2016 listing. Many of Broad and Cassel’s attorneys have been honored as Florida Legal Elite in the past and have been recognized countless times for their legal prowess and knowledge in their field.

In-state members of The Florida Bar nominated Florida Legal Elite 2016 honorees. Members were surveyed to name lawyers whom they hold in the highest regard. A panel of past Legal Elite lawyers representing different practice areas and cities across the state also reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

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