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David C. Kotler, Esq.


Cohen Kotler P.A.

David Kotler, Esq. is a partner in Cohen Kotler P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida and is Of Counsel to Hoban Law Group, a Denver, Colorado law firm with a national cannabis practice.
Since the formation of Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers LLC, a practice area of Cohen Kotler, in 2014, Mr. Kotler was one of the first attorneys in Florida to undertake representation of clients hoping to operate in Florida under the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and after the legalization of full spectrum medical marijuana. He has a wide range of experience in the cannabis and hemp industries from license applications to start-up, cross-border licensing, and regulatory matters.  He currently consults with individuals and companies countrywide and serves as outside general counsel for numerous cannabis and hemp industry clients. He sits on the advisory boards of The Cannabis Marketing Lab and the Florida Medical Cannabis Industry Association. In 2017, Mr. Kotler assisted in the formation of CLAB, a cannabis networking group for professionals and is the President of the Palm Beach/Broward Chapter.  In addition to numerous speaking engagements, he has been interviewed by news sources including the Daily Business Review, Florida Trend, South Florida Legal Guide, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, National Public Radio in Miami, Florida and the Marijuana Business Magazine, among others. He writes a monthly column for the Cannabis Industry Journal and is a contributor to the South Florida Hospital News (Cannabis News Florida publication). Mr. Kotler serves on the editorial board of the Cannabis Bar Journal. 

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 immediate past chair of the Florida Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 15B. He is a former member of the American Association for Justice, Florida Association of Justice, the Florida and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 11, and the Dade County Criminal Courts Committee. has awarded Mr. Kotler a "superb rating" of a perfect 10. He has been included in SuperLawyers as a rising star. Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Kotler AV-Preeminent, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of practicing attorneys.