Firm profile submitted by Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel LLP
Chairman: C. David Brown, II
Number of lawyers: 170
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, Hebrew
Offices: Boca Raton, Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach
For over 70 years, Broad and Cassel has played an integral role in shaping Florida’s landscape. Serving clients worldwide from ten offices throughout Florida, the approach is simple: act not only as problem solvers but also trusted advisors. In short, the firm’s 170 attorneys provide legal support and business counsel spanning 27 areas of law and serving more than 25 industries. From real estate developers and construction companies to health-care providers and governmental agencies, the firm’s attorneys tailor their approach to the individual needs of each client from the smallest details, including client interests and issues, to the bigger picture — the nation’s economy and its ever-changing statutes and laws.
The firm’s affordable housing and tax credit practice group has represented clients in 35 states, closing more than a thousand transactions involving more than $5 billion in tax-credit syndications, tax-exempt bond financings, numerous subsidies from HUD Mixed Finance and HOPE VI transactions to HOME loans, SAIL loans, SHIP loans, and other complex real estate financings and projects.
The firm boasts nearly 70 litigators across the state. With extensive experience in litigating a full range of complex business, commercial and governmental cases, the firm consistently demonstrates unparalleled expertise in the courtroom and receives national acclaim for groundbreaking casework.
Construction Law & Litigation:
The firm’s construction attorneys are on the forefront of developing cost-effective alternatives to traditional construction, design and environmental litigation. Nationally recognized, certified and with actual experience in the construction industry, its attorneys have a unique ability to provide clients with definitive and practical answers to the many technical and legal questions that arise during the course of construction projects.
Corporate & Finance:
From start-ups and emerging companies to highly sophisticated multi-national corporations, Broad and Cassel represents clients during their full life cycles, from initial formation and structuring, through early and later stage financing, including IPOs, and then in both acquisitions and sale or other exit transactions. The group is known for filling a ‘general counsel’ role for many clients, ensuring compliance with SEC, stock exchange and other rules and regulations, providing guidance related to operational contract matters; implementing protection of intellectual property; and handling debt and equity financing transactions.
Broad and Cassel is widely recognized as one of the premier Florida law firms in the area of eminent domain and condemnation, representing both condemning authorities and property owners involved in condemnation actions. The practice handles virtually every aspect of eminent domain and condemnation matters.
Broad and Cassel offers a depth and breadth of health law expertise found in no other firm based in Florida. The firm boasts seven Florida Bar Board certified health law attorneys, more than any other firm in the state, as well as six attorneys certified by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). In addition to a full-service menu of health law offerings, the firm’s attorneys are often sought after nationally for their experience and knowledge in white collar crime, health care fraud, compliance issues, third party reimbursement, medical group consolidation and formation, and governmental and regulatory issues. The firm also represents three of the top ten accountable care organizations in the US, as ranked in the 2015 performance year results by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Land Use & Environmental Law:
Broad and Cassel is often called upon by Florida business and property owners to help navigate the myriad of issues associated with the unprecedented number of land use and environmental laws and regulations in the US, and especially in Florida.
Public Finance & Capital Projects:
No law firm has served as bond counsel on more Florida transportation/toll road bond issues than Broad and Cassel. Attorneys have served as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, disclosure counsel, purchaser’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, bank counsel, borrower’s counsel and trustee’s counsel throughout the state.
Broad and Cassel’s real estate practice provides a robust array of services in just about every facet of the industry. The group boasts more than 40 attorneys, representing publicly traded REITS, several master developers, and a number of luxury multi-family developers. Capabilities include buyer, seller, developer, borrower and lender representation in virtually every conceivable business, real estate or lending transaction; loan modifications, restructuring and workouts; joint ventures; acquisition and ownership arrangements; long term leasing, air-rights agreements, easements and other complex arrangements. In 2017, the firm was once again named a ‘Leading Real Estate Law Firm’ by Multi-Housing News.
White Collar Defense & Compliance:
Broad and Cassel’s attorneys have a sophisticated understanding of how government investigations work at every level, as well as an understanding of their clients’ operations and workforce. The firm has more than 100 years of combined experience in representing clients before federal and state grand juries; criminal, civil and administrative agency investigations and prosecutions; quasi-criminal enforcement proceedings; and jury trials and related complex civil litigation. With deep False Claims Act experience, the firm boasts a team of attorneys who are devoted to FCA defense.