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Ari H. Gerstin
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
 
 

Ari Gerstin concentrates his practice on regulatory matters, government investigations and complex litigation. He 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. His practice also includes helping 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 Task Force, which provides counsel to clients on the complex legal and business issues impacting companies with interests in the regulated substances industries.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of applicant for 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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Opinion denying rehearing and granting clarification of order denying appellate petition for writ of prohibition seeking disqualification of trial court judge. State v. Oliu, Case No. 3D15-2426, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 3d DCA 2016).
 
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Order finding no probable cause under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act and requiring the return of $85,000 in currency seized from client. In re Forfeiture, Case No. 14-9884-CA-23 (Fla. Miami-Dade Cir. Ct. 2014).
 
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Order granting dismissal of federal lawsuit brought by and against 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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Order granting motion to correct illegal driver's license suspension from 10 years to 6 months nuc proc tunc to the date of suspension and dismissal of driving while license 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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Order finding that federal indictment failed to adequately obstruction of justice by filing a false report, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1519 and obstruction of justice by tampering with a witness, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(3), and granting dismissal of charges. United States v. McQueen, 2011 WL 4375729 (S.D. Fla. 2011).
 
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Order finding that 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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Order granting motion to transfer criminal health care fraud indictment returned by federal grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Florida to the Southern District of Florida. United States 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 2013-2016, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for General Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Health Care
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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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
 
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Law360, "Paperwork Errors May Suggest To The Government There Is Fraud," Author, December 13, 2012
 
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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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 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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