Jennifer’s practice is concentrated on health care law matters including negotiations with regulatory agencies, licensing, government procurement, rule making, litigation, and legislative advocacy. Jennifer returned to practice law at Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. after a decade of public service primarily at the Florida Department of Health, an agency with more than 16,000 employees at 250 locations and a budget of $2.8 billion.

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Experience

  • Administrative Litigation: Counsel for state agencies in a range of administrative proceedings including variance requests, declaratory statements, challenges to agency action, licensure disputes, and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Rulemaking: Lead policymaker on several statewide rulemaking initiatives including trauma center apportionment, cannabis, and clinical eligibility for the Department’s specialty managed care plan; lead counsel in several rule challenges proceedings including trauma center apportionment.
  • Appeals: Appellate counsel for the state of Florida with opportunity to brief more than 50 cases on appeal and handle oral arguments in all the district courts of appeal.
  • Government Procurement: Created and supervised a centralized contract management unit for the Department of Health, participated in bid protest litigation, and provided counsel to the Department’s purchasing unit.
  • Managed Care: President of the Florida Department of Health’s specialty Medicaid managed care plan which was comprised of more than 500 employees in 20 locations around the state serving more than 66,000 children with an annual budget of approximately $1 billion.
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers: Provided legal counsel to two federally qualified health centers including drafting all necessary agreements, establishing policies and procedures, assisting with grant applications, all legal aspects of daily clinic operations, and discussions with the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Legislative Advocacy: Delivered several legislative presentations, represented the department at estimating conferences, and was responsible for drafting and advocating for the department’s legislative initiatives.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Florida Medical Cannabis Association v. Department of Health, Division of Administrative Hearings, 14-4517RP
  • Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, et al. v. Department of Health, Division of Administrative Hearings, 14-1022 RP
  • Munroe Regional Health System, Inc., et al. v. Department of Health, Leon County Circuit Court, 2012 CA 004096
  • Goodson v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 978 So. 2d 195 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)
  • Hurley v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 965 So. 2d 359 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • Brother J v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, 962 So. 2d 1037, (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
  • Gonzalez v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 958 So. 2d 494 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
  • Nicks v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 957 So. 2d 65 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008)
  • Midgett Development, Inc. v. Construction Industry Licensing Board, 947 So. 2d 1173 (Fla. 2d DCA 1173

Publications & Presentations

  • Negotiated Rulemaking: A Case Study, September 10, 2015, Betty Easley Conference Center,
    Tallahassee, Florida
  •  Anticipating and Responding to Public Health Emergencies, November 15, 2013, FSU College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
  • “Birds of a Feather:” The Dilemma of Emergency Orders: Mock Oral Argument, November 8, 2012, The 2012 Pat Dore Administrative Law Conference, Tallahassee, Florida
  •  “Conquering the Maze of Certiorari Review of Local Government Quasi-judicial Land Use Decisions”, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 9 (October, 2004) (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

  • Legal Elite, Government and Non-Profit Lawyers, Florida Trend, 2013 and 2015

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