It wasn’t until I saw a Facebook post from a law school friend last week that I realized that 20 years ago this month, I became a lawyer. I saw his post of a picture of his bar license, noting his anniversary, and I thought: “Wait, I think I was standing next to him on that day when we got sworn in!” I walked to my office closet, where my old, framed Missouri license is kept. Sure enough, there was my “Ann Margaret Bittinger” name with signature from 20 years ago. On October 9, 1998, I took my oath of attorney at the Missouri Supreme Court (which was the first and last time I’ve been to Jefferson City, Missouri – I was a Jayhawk, after all). I’d later go on to pass bar exams and get sworn in in Kansas and Florida. I was already working with wonderful health law attorneys at the time. As I look back, I realize how rare it is in our health law community to be an attorney who really did nothing but health law, continuously, for her entire 20-year career. If you’ve got a niche, flaunt the niche. Time flies when you’re having fun.
A health law transactional and regulatory practice involves both state and federal law. Lately, it seems the practice is involving state law and Florida physicians and companies with increasing regulalarity. From a new relationship between the firm and the Florida Medical Association to an article published by the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar to a guest appearance on a podcast, this newsletter explains what has been happening and how we have been “hustling” (see below about the Hippocratic Hustle) — above and beyond assisting our Florida and national clients. I’m also continuing to do a ton of work in the GI/endoscopy center area and appreciate my relationship with the American College of Gastroenterology.