Ex-Holland & Knight Media Law Co-Chair Joins Fla. Boutique

Ex-Holland & Knight Media Law Co-Chair Joins Fla. Boutique

SOURCE: law360.com

Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA has hired a former Holland & Knight LLP practice co-leader who will join the boutique in South Florida, according to a Friday announcement.

Sandy Bohrer joined Grossman Roth as of counsel from Holland & Knight's Miami offices, where he worked for 25 years and was co-chair of its media law practice and also led its litigation section's pro bono practice.

In his career, Bohrer has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals, including representing Royal Caribbean Cruises and its brands in a number of separate litigations, Grossman Roth said. He has also represented The Miami Herald and the Miami New Times in a number of disputes for decades, the firm said.

In an interview with Law360 Pulse on Friday, Bohrer said he had retired from practicing following the death of his wife, but was inspired to return to practice by Stuart Grossman, Grossman Roth's co-founder. Bohrer said he had been retired for about 18 months.

“I'm older, and I have certain experience that I can share with younger lawyers,” he said. “I have a perspective that's a little different from the law firm's perspective.”

Bohrer said he's known Stuart Grossman for a long time, and he wanted to join the firm because of its reputation as a high-caliber client service firm.

“Every one of [the firm lawyers] is really good, they've been very careful about who they allow to join that firm,” Bohrer said. “It's a high-quality, close-knit practice.”

A Columbia Law School graduate, Bohrer also lectures at the University of Miami's School of Communication, including a course titled “Children and the Media and hate,” according to Grossman Roth, and he's a board member of the Citrus Health Network in Miami and Prevent Child Abuse America.

Bohrer said some of his most rewarding work was done through teaching.

“Young people ... they have different perspectives on life, they have different priorities, they listen to different things, they get their information, including news, from different places, they have different interests, they listen to different music,” he said. “You're constantly getting a push to learn more about life and appreciate more about it than before.”

Bohrer started his legal career with Paul & Thomson, Grossman Roth said, a firm known for arguing Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo before the U.S. Supreme Court, which established the principle that the government could not force a newspaper to publish content, according to the firm announcement.

Bohrer said he first got interested in the work that would eventually make up his practice in law school, where he studied constitutional rights and First Amendment freedoms. But those interests expanded to business litigation and other forms of jury trials, he said.

Stuart Grossman said in a statement that Bohrer's “contributions to Miami's rich history” were remarkable and that he was looking forward to adding someone of Bohrer's caliber to the firm.

“Sandy is one of the smartest attorneys I know and a lovely human being,” he said. “Our team is honored to have him on board.”

--Editing by Lakshna Mehta.

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