David Kotler, Esquire is a shareholder with the law firm of Cohen Kotler, P.A. located in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2014, he formed a practice area in Medical Marijuana Business Law for the State of Florida which allows him to draw from all of his practice areas to benefit his clients. He is on the Advisory Board of the Cannabis Marketing Lab, an industry leading marketing agency in California and is General Counsel to the Florida Cannabis Industry Association.
Since the formation of Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers LLC, Mr. Kotler has represented clients seeking to make application for license under the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and was one of the first attorneys in Florida to undertake representation of individuals and entities hoping to open a "cannabusiness" in Florida after the legalization of full spectrum medical marijuana.
Mr. Kotler has an understanding of the industry and in and out of state individuals and companies who are able to legally service his clients in order to maximize their success. He currently consults with a wide range of individuals and companies countrywide and serves as outside general counsel for numerous cannabis industry clients including nationally recognized companies. He has been quoted in news sources including National Public Radio in Miami, Florida, the Orlando Business Journal, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and MMJ Business Daily. He is a frequent contributor to the Cannabis Industry Journal among other industry publications.
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 personal injury matters within the civil realm.
Finding it difficult to reject a client seeking his assistance with criminal matters, Mr. Kotler maintains an active state and federal criminal defensepractice. His practice consists of representation and advice during the investigative stages of crimes and post-arrest and/or indictment or information. He has represented both individuals and corporations with subpoena and investigation compliance.
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 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. Once again, based on his success in this position, Mr. Kotler was asked to undertake and 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 grand theft to murder, in addition to “white collar” and economic crimes. Mr. Kotler completed his time with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office as a career 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 current chair of the Florida Unlicensed Practice ofLaw Committee 15B. He has been a member ofthe American Association for Justice, Florida Association of Justice, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers , The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 11, Dade County Criminal Courts Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Avvo.com hasawarded Mr. Kotler a "superb rating" of a perfect 10. He has been included in SuperLawyers as a rising star. Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. KotlerAV-Preeminent, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of practicing attorneys.
Work by David Kotler:
Cannabis Industry Journal, Marijuana Matters
July 27, 2016. Education & Experience: Understanding the Operations
June 14, 2016. Patent Options Available for Breeding Cannabis
May 4, 2016. Let’s Talk CBD
March 29, 2016. A Guide to Documentation and SOPs for Start Ups
February 23, 2016. Time to Litigate: The Defense That Helps the Client but Hurts the Industry
January 19, 2016. What Happens When the Attorney-Client Relationship Goes South
December 14, 2015. The Legal State of Cannabis in Florida
Future Cannabis Project
February 3, 2016. Cannabis Brands and State Lines
Cannabis News Florida