Imperato P.A., Gabriel L.

“very smart, an excellent healthcare lawyer.” – Chambers USA, 2012

Gabriel L. Imperato is the Managing Partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Compliance department.

Imperato’s personal practice includes representing individuals and organizations accused of health care fraud and assisting and advising health care organizations on corporate governance and compliance matters.

“great reputation” – Chambers USA, 2015

Imperato is board-certified as a specialist in health law by the Florida Bar. He is also Certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC) by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). This national accreditation reflects a professional level of competence and experience in compliance processes sufficient to assist healthcare business organizations to understand and address legal obligations and promote organizational governance and integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs. Imperato has served as a longtime member of the board of directors for HCCA and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). He is currently the immediate past President of these organizations.

Imperato has extensive criminal, civil and appellate trial experience in administrative, state and federal courts and has personally handled leading national cases concerning criminal and civil health care fraud and abuse and health care law and policy.

“His name rolls off of everybody’s tongue in fraud and compliance.” – Chambers USA, 2016

He has also handled numerous matters involving the formation of integrated delivery systems and managed care organizations. He is considered a national leader on fraud and abuse, reimbursement and antitrust matters in the health care field and has lectured and published numerous articles on these subjects.

He has been instrumental in the development of the Firm’s nationally recognized health law and white collar practice, which represents clients in Florida and throughout the United States.

“really fine lawyer” – Chambers USA, 2017

He has served as Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Dallas, Texas. He advised and represented various agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, the Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General.

“exceptional” – Chambers USA, 2017

Imperato represents many leading national companies, including Access Healthcare, Inc., Adventist Health Systems, American Health Associates, Cardinal Healthcare, Inc., Caremark Corporation, Children’s Psychiatric Center, Inc., Coastal Medical Equipment & Supply, Inc., DaVita, Inc., Delta Health Group, Inc., ELA Medical, Inc., Elite Home Health, Inc., Extended Care Recovery, Inc., Fonar Corp., Fresenius Medical Care, NA, Gambro Health Care Organization, Global Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., Health Management Associates, Inc., Home Health Corporation of America, Inc., Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, Miami Children’s Hospital, Omni Healthcare, Inc., Oncology & Hematology Associates of South Florida, Senior Home Care, Inc., Southern Pharmaceuticals Corp., Team Health, Inc., Weston Outpatient Surgery Center.

“national reputation” – Chambers USA, 2017

Imperato was recognized in the last twelve consecutive years by Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading healthcare attorney, and in 2009 – 2016 achieved the highest ranking possible for a healthcare attorney. In 2006 – 2018, he was recognized by the top legal guide “The Best Lawyers in America®,” published by Woodward and White. He was also designated a “Florida Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine in 2007 and 2010, a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2006 – 2017, and a “Top Lawyer” in healthcare by the South Florida Legal Guide in 2008, 2013-2018.


“He has a thorough understanding of the regulatory scheme and he’s just very good.” – Chambers USA, 2017

Imperato is an AV Preeminent®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the agency’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.

Imperato enjoys community service and is involved in a variety of organizations.

Bar Membership

District of Columbia


U.S. District Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. District Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


De Paul University College of Law
Chicago, Illinois, 1977
J.D., Juris Doctor

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts, 1973
B.A., Bachelor of Arts


The Florida Bar
Member, Health Law and Criminal Law Sections

American Bar Association
Member, Antitrust Health Care and White Collar Crime Committees, and Subcommittee on Health Care Fraud

American Health Lawyers Association
Chairperson, The Reimbursement and Payment Committee, and The Health Care Reform Task Force

American Health Lawyers Association

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell

“Top Lawyer” in Health Care by South Florida Legal Guide, 2008, 2013-2018

“The Best Lawyers in America®” for Health Care law, 2006 – 2018

Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers – Healthcare, 2005-2018

“Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine, 2006 – 2017

“Best of the Best USA” by ExpertGuides in Healthcare, 2016

Power Leaders in Law & Accounting by the South Florida Business Journal, 2014-2016

Best Lawyers’ Miami Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012

“Florida Legal Elite” in Florida Trend magazine, 2007 and 2010

“Profiles in Leadership” Leader of the Year Award by Leadership Broward, 2006

Excellence in Leadership Award

“Department of Justice increases focus on organizational compliance”

“Board oversight: Fiduciary duty of care and individual liability”

“Providers Attesting to Their Compliance With Meaningful Use Need to Ensure That They Truly Protected Their Electronic Health Information”

“Understanding the Halifax case and its implications for physician arrangements”

“Compliance officer independence and compliance risks”

“Understanding the Internal Investigation Process”

“More Than Just “Window Dressing”: A Salute to the Compliance Profession”

“Compliance Professionals Need to Have a “Seat at the Table,” But What Does that Look Like?”

“Chapters: “Compliance and Governance for Health Care Organizations” and “A Guide to Retaining Legal Counsel and the Considerations of the Attorney-Client Relationship””

“Compliance Professionals Need to Have a “Seat at the Table,” But What Does that Look Like?”

“A Guide to Retaining Legal Counsel and the Considerations of the Attorney-Client Relationship”

“Compliance and Governance for Health Care Organizations”

“Conviction and sentencing of chief compliance officer sends strong message about corporate compliance”