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Ari H. Gerstin

Associate 
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

With a practice devoted to regulatory matters, government investigations, and complex litigation, Ari Gerstin represents and counsels businesses and individuals in their dealings with federal, state and local authorities. Additionally, Ari assists clients with internal investigations, sensitive matters, and technology-related issues. He also helps clients pursue and address purportedly anonymous online defamation, harassment, impersonation, and cyberstalking conducted over the internet.

Ari is a member of Akerman's Regulated Substances Practice, which provides counsel to clients on the legal and business issues impacting companies with interests in the regulated substances and legal cannabis sectors.
 
Representative Experience
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Regulated Substances: Represented an applicant for a low-THC cannabis dispensing organization license for the Southwest Region of Florida, In re: Licensure of the low-THC Cannabis Dispensing Organization for the Southwest Region, Case No. 15-7271 (Fla. DOAH).
 
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Appellate Litigation: Represented a client in obtaining an opinion denying rehearing and granting clarification of an order denying an appellate petition for writ of prohibition seeking the disqualification of a trial court judge. State v. Oliu, 183 So. 3d 1161 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016).
 
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Civil Forfeiture Litigation: Represented a client in obtaining an order finding no probable cause under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act and requiring the return of $85,000 in currency seized from the client. In re Forfeiture, Case No. 14-9884-CA-23 (Fla. Miami-Dade Cir. Ct. 2014).
 
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Federal Court Civil Litigation: Assisted in the representation of a client in an order granting the dismissal of a federal lawsuit brought by and against a United States citizens for injuries allegedly sustained in the Bahamas. L.M. v. J.O., 945 F. Supp. 1367 (S.D. Fla. 2013).
 
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State Court Litigation: Represented a client in obtaining an order granting a motion to correct an illegal driver's license suspension from 10 years to 6 months nuc proc tunc to the date of suspension and dismissal of a driving while the license was suspended charge received while under illegal suspension. State v. J.T., Case Nos. 0438WNI & 2994GIQ (Fla. Miami-Dade Cty. Ct. 2013).
 
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Federal White Collar Litigation: Represented a client in obtaining an order finding that a federal indictment failed to adequately allege obstruction of justice under 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(3) (tampering with a witness) and 18 U.S.C. § 1519 (filing a false report), and granting the dismissal of charges. United States v. McQueen, 2011 WL 4375729 (S.D. Fla. 2011).
 
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Federal White Collar Litigation: Represented a client in obtaining an order finding that a federal indictment failed to adequately allege obstruction of an agency investigation in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1505 and granting dismissal of charge. United States v. Perraud, 672 F. Supp. 2d 1328 (S.D. Fla. 2009).
 
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Federal White Collar/Healthcare Fraud Litigation: Assisted in the representation of a client in obtaining an order granting motion to transfer a criminal healthcare fraud indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Florida to the Southern District of Florida. U.S. v. Maharaj, 2007 WL 2340495 (N.D. Fla. 2007) (client subsequently acquitted of all charges at trial).
 
Awards & Recognition
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Recognized as one of the "40 Under 40" Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, 2015
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2013-2017, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for General Litigation
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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Cannabis Lab Miami, Speaker, “What Happened to Cannabis in Florida? Legal Implications from the Last Legislative Session,” May 25, 2017
 
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Dade County Bar Association’s 6th Annual Florida’s Grand Bench & Bar Conference, Panelist, “Regulating Medical Marijuana,” February 10, 2017
 
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World of Cannabis Conference, Panelist, “Medical State Initiatives,” November 15, 2016
 
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Cannabis Wire, Quoted, "The High Cost of Cannabis Licensing Lawsuits," June 6, 2016
 
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Dade County Bar Association Criminal Courts Committee CLE, Moderator, "The Highs and Lows of Florida's Evolving Marijuana Laws," March 11, 2016
 
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Marijuana Venture, Volume 2, Issue 11, Author, "Despite Past Failure, Florida's Cannabis Industry Progresses," November 2015
 
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ACAMS Training Webinar, Panelist, "Case Study: AML Cases from Red Flags to Verdicts," October 21, 2015
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Dade County Bar Association, Criminal Courts Committee, Medical Marijuana Subcommittee, Chair
 
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American Bar Association, Member
 
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
 

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Ari H. Gerstin

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2004; cum laude, University of Miami Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor
B.B.A., University of Miami, 2001; cum laude
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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