Shutts & Bowen LLP Dramatically Expands Health Care Practice, Hiring Four Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale Office

Expansion Augments Statewide Health Care, Corporate and Litigation Work

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shutts & Bowen LLP has continued its dramatic expansion in the Fort Lauderdale office by restructuring its Health Care Practice Group with the addition of four lawyers who will substantially strengthen the firm’s national corporate health care practice.

Linda M. Robison and Mark D. Folk have joined the Florida law firm as partners, Suzanne Sterling has joined of counsel, and Liston E. Radney, III, has been added as an associate. The new group has more than 60 years’ experience in all facets of work in the health care industry, including structuring some of the largest health care transactions in the nation – from initial public offerings of health care entities and public mergers, to restructuring hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and multi-specialty physician practices both in and out of bankruptcy and receivership, to creating multi-facility integrated delivery systems. The group also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, structuring transactions in the pharmaceutical industry, and creating participation agreements within the emerging clinical trials industry.

Robison and Folk will co-chair the restructured Health Care Practice Group and are both listed as leading health care lawyers in Florida in the publication, Chambers USA. Robison, Folk, and Sterling also have presented and published extensively on health care and corporate law issues around the country, and each is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

“This is big news for our firm and for our health care practice,” said Bowman Brown, chairman of Shutts & Bowen’s executive committee. “This is a team with a diverse national corporate health care practice and adds to the Fort Lauderdale office’s power as a true full-service legal center.”

Allan Rubin, managing partner of Shutts’ Fort Lauderdale office, said: “The health care industry is changing, and the sophistication this team brings to the corporate health care practice is a perfect fit for Shutts and for our clients.”

Health care, pharmaceuticals and biotech are poised for significant growth nationwide, and particularly in Florida, with the recent openings of the Max Planck Florida Institute and Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter and the new University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando. On May 15, Gov. Charlie Crist approved a new medical school for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Additionally, the new national health care insurance reform law and upcoming changes in compliance procedures will require legal counsel throughout the health care industry as the law and resulting policies are implemented over the next four years.

Robison and Folk were previously founding partners of Robison & Folk in Houston, Texas, and Boca Raton. Robison received her J.D. from the University of Houston and her B.A. from Auburn University. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas.

Folk received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He is admitted to practice in Florida, California and Texas.

Sterling received her J.D. from The Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is admitted into practice in Florida and New York.

Radney received his J.D. on an academic scholarship from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas.

Shutts & Bowen is expanding throughout the state, and that growth has been particularly notable in Fort Lauderdale in the last month. In April, the Fort Lauderdale office hired Robert C. Brighton Jr., a 25-year securities law veteran, as a partner in Shutts’ Corporate Practice Group, positioning the firm for growth in corporate initial public offering, mergers and acquisitions and transactional work. In early May, Shutts hired Richard Landman as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and George Andrews as an associate, representing financial institutions in complex consumer finance litigation.

This expansion brings the total number of lawyers (including three of counsel) in the 12-year-old Fort Lauderdale office to 29, many of whom are listed as top lawyers in their fields in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

Founded in 1910, Florida-based Shutts & Bowen LLP counsels businesses both nationally and internationally. The firm has more than 210 attorneys, and offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Amsterdam. Its website is


Shutts & Bowen LLP
Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner
Allan Rubin, 954-524-5505
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Shutts Chairman
Bowman Brown, 305-379-9107
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Firmwide Managing Partner
Joseph Bolton, 305-379-9106
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Coordinator for Professional Activities
Mary Ann Connors, 305-415-9070
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