MIAMI – September 6, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Holland &…

MIAMI – September 6, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Holland & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that a prominent group of health care lawyers has joined the firm’s Miami office as partners. Maria T. Currier, Alberto M. Hernandez and Roberto Pupo join Holland & Knight’s nationally regarded Health Law Team, one of the largest health law practices in the country. Previously, they were with Hunton & Williams in Miami and bring with them significant experience in Latin America.

“This group brings a wealth of elite transactional and corporate health care experience to Holland & Knight,” said Jim Jacobson, co-chair of the firm’s national Health Law Team. “In Florida, the firm is already recognized as a leading authority in health care regulatory, legislative and litigation matters. This group expands the firm’s national and international capabilities with their dedication to high-level health care transactional work.”

Consisting of more than 60 lawyers, Holland & Knight’s Health Law Team can support the diverse legal needs of any health care related business. Team members practice in a wide variety of legal areas including compliance, litigation and dispute resolution, legislative and regulatory representation, corporate, tax and general transactional guidance. Clients include hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, biotechnology companies, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care communities, home health agencies, hospices, mental health care providers, physician group practices, providers of various kinds of outpatient health care services and associations representing a variety of health-related corporations and providers.

“The addition of this highly respected and experienced group of health care lawyers offers tremendous opportunity for Holland & Knight,” said Peter Prieto, executive partner of the firm’s Miami office. “We now have the capability to serve the transactional needs of our health care clients locally, nationally and in the emerging Latin American health care markets.”

Maria T. Currier has extensive experience representing top-tier health care clients in transactional and regulatory matters, including corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions and international business ventures. She has served as counsel to physicians, medical groups, provider sponsored organizations, health maintenance organizations, physician-hospital organizations, physician management companies, employer self-insured plans, prepaid health plans and national diagnostic companies.

Alberto Hernandez has extensive experience in health care transactional and regulatory matters and has represented physician practice management companies, hospitals, health maintenance organizations and other health care providers and delivery systems. He also has experience in domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Roberto Pupo has represented numerous health care entities in general corporate and regulatory matters, including hospital systems, health maintenance organizations, provider networks and physician management companies. He also has significant experience representing U.S. and Latin American companies in project finance matters.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Caracas, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys with the best expertise, regardless of location.

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