David Kotler / Of Counsel
Mr. Kotler is a litigation attorney who has tried numerous jury and bench trials as lead trial counsel. He currently represents individuals and corporations in general civil, complex commercial, and significant personal injury matters within the civil realm. Mr. Kotler has individually obtained and/or participated in matters which have resulted in significant dollar awards to his clients, including awards over the one million-dollar mark.
Mr. Kotler maintains an active criminal defense practice. His practice consists of the defense of individuals post charging as well as during the investigative stages of crimes. He has represented both individuals and corporations with subpoena and investigation compliance.
In 2014, Mr. Kotler formed a practice area in Cannabis related law which allows him to draw from all of his practice areas to benefit his clients. Since the formation of Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers LLC, Mr. Kotler was one of the first attorneys in Florida to undertake representation of clients hoping to operate in Florida under the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and after the legalization of full spectrum medical marijuana. He currently consults with a wide range of individuals and companies countrywide and serves as outside general counsel for numerous cannabis industry clients. He sits on the advisory board of The Cannabis Marketing Lab and is General Counsel to the Florida Cannabis Industry Association. Mr. Kotler has been interviewed by many news sources including National Public Radio in Miami, Florida and MMJ Business Daily. He authors a monthly column in the Cannabis Industry Journal and for CannabisNewsFlorida.com. Mr. Kotler frequently lectures on Cannabis practice for CLE courses for other lawyers.
Mr. Kotler is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While attending Widener University in Harrisburg, he was inducted into the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and based on his trial skills, represented the school at the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Competition. While in Harrisburg, the Capitol of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kotler worked for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, Criminal Law and Insurance Fraud Divisions.
Mr. Kotler began his legal career in Florida representing the State of Florida as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County. Based on his achievements as a division state attorney in the county court division, he was asked to become a committed prosecutor and manage the day-to-day courtroom activities of incoming assistant state attorneys. Based on his success in this position, Mr. Kotler accepted the responsibility of being assistant crimes chief of misdemeanor crimes for the county court division for all of the misdemeanor crimes in Miami-Dade County, Florida. After his time as assistant chief of misdemeanor crimes, Mr. Kotler took on felony level cases and in that time, prosecuted and tried cases ranging from simple drug possession to murder, in addition to white collar crimes. Mr. Kotler completed his time with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office as a career criminal/robbery division prosecutor wherein he prosecuted violent career criminals and those involved with sophisticated robbery schemes.
Mr. Kotler is admitted to practice in Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His professional affiliations currently include the Criminal Law Division and Trial Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. Mr. Kotler is the past chair of the Florida Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 15B. He is a former member of the American Association for Justice, Florida Association of Justice, the Florida and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 11, and the Dade County Criminal Courts Committee. Avvo.com has awarded Mr. Kotler a "superb rating" of a perfect 10. He has been included in SuperLawyers as a rising star. Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Kotler AV-Preeminent, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of practicing attorneys.