The Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel has once again received recognition by prominent legal guide Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the only legal directory to rank law firms and individual attorneys. In total, the 2013 edition highlights 23 Broad and Cassel attorneys as leaders in their respective fields, while the firm is listed as among the best in 9 statewide practice areas and 2 national practice areas.
Leading the way, the firm’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group received top honors within the State of Florida, which included the ranking of seven individual attorneys in addition to the group’s collective Band One ranking, the highest ranking Chambers USA awards. Notably, the group’s leading attorneys, Gabriel Imperato and Mike Segal, also received national recognition in their respective areas of practice, ranking among the best in the country.
The following are healthcare-related excerpts of the 2013 Chamber USA commentary:
Healthcare: Broad and Cassel’s health law practice group represents major national healthcare organizations doing business in Florida. It advises on a comprehensive range of regulatory matters, transactions and disputes. Recent highlights include working with the Florida Health Care Association as lead legislative counsel, and advising several hospitals and health systems on a DOJ investigation into certain cardiac implants. Sources say: “Responsive, thorough and very experienced.” Gabriel Imperato co-chairs the firm’s white-collar criminal and civil fraud defense group. He often advises on matters concerning healthcare fraud and internal investigations. Peers say “he is a great lawyer,” while clients praise his “very good quality work,” especially when appearing before government agencies. Lester Perling has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and is a board-certified practitioner in that space. He represents clients in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), reimbursement and fraud matters, and is singled out for his transactional expertise and work with physician groups. Mike Segal heads the firm’s health law practice and has tremendous expertise in advising an array of healthcare providers. He is noted for his work with physician groups, in particular, and has carved out an impressive niche in the state as a thought leader in accountable care organization issues. Tallahassee-based Douglas Mannheimer co-chairs the governmental relations practice and the health law practice group. He is well known for representing leading healthcare organizations before the state’s regulatory boards. According to clients, he is “extremely detailed, making sure all points that need to be brought up are covered.” Stephanie Russo advises numerous providers across the state and the country. Her areas of expertise cover HIPAA, Stark Law and the False Claims Act. She is a leading choice for clients seeking advice on government investigations and relation litigation. Stephen Siegel is well known for his advisory work and is also a “top-notch transactional lawyer,” according to sources. He recently worked with Imperato on representing big-name providers in the aforementioned DOJ investigation. Michael Bittman recently joined the team from GrayRobinson. He is a market favorite, thanks to his intelligent, collaborative and proactive representation of clients in deals and before state regulatory boards. Sources describe him as “very accessible, efficient” and a “consummate negotiator.”
Nationwide: Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation: Broad and Cassel’s Gabriel Imperato maintains a fine track record acting for individuals and organizations facing fraud and internal investigations, and is also renowned for his corporate governance work.
Nationwide: Healthcare: Transactional: At Broad and Cassel, health law practice chair Mike Segal comes recommended for his work representing physician groups in a variety of matters.
The Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, is an independent, objective, research-based legal directory. Attorneys and law firms are selected for inclusion by strong recommendations from the market and according to reputation. This year, more than 50 full-time researchers conducted thousands of interviews in order to determine the most exceptional law firms and attorneys. Based in London, Chambers and Partners began as a general book publisher in 1969, then launched a legal recruitment consultancy four years later. The Chambers Directory has been published since 1990.