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Greenberg Traurig has picked up an eight-lawyer health care and FDA team in Denver from Husch Blackwell. 

Two of the eight attorneys—new shareholder Jim Miles and of counsel Fred Miles—joined Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell in 2014 when it absorbed homegrown firm Miles & Peters. Lawson Parker and Julie Sullivan also came aboard as shareholders, along with four associates.

They started at Greenberg Traurig on Aug. 6, and the firm announced their arrival on Monday.

We looked at other firms but quickly realized that Greenberg was the best fit for our practice and our team,” Parker said, pointing to its national reputation in health care and its strength in a number of specialty areas. 

Parker specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the health care industry, working with private equity funds, strategic buyers, hospitals, single and multi-specialty group practices. He joined Husch Blackwell in 2015 from a health care boutique in New York.

Jim Miles represents health care organizations, professionals and businesses in private equity and commercial transactions, along with joint ventures, government relations, regulatory compliance and startups.

Sullivan is a health care regulatory and compliance attorney. She concentrates her practice on state and federal health care fraud, waste and abuse guidance, along with health privacy and security law.

Fred Miles focuses his practice on the post-acute services health care sector and has an active regulatory trial practice. There he emphasizes Medicare/Medicaid program issues including licensing, fraud and abuse, certification and reimbursement.

“This is significant for our office and firm,” Denver managing shareholder David Palmer and Denver administrative shareholder Michael McGinnis said in a joint statement. “These eight talented attorneys will play an essential role in our office as we continue to expand our work for clients on a wide range of matters, particularly in the growing health care sector. They will be truly valuable counselors to our clients both in Denver and nationwide.”

A spokesman for Husch Blackwell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The team is the second pickup for Greenberg Traurig in Denver in the last week. On Aug. 8, the firm announced the hire of corporate shareholder Jason Zachary, who joined from Baker & Hostetler. Zachary was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in New York.

The firm also recently added a pair of shareholders in California and a corporate duo in Dallas.