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Erin Smith Aebel

Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602


Kathia Fernandez

Widely recognized in the health care industry, Erin is a board certified health law specialist by the Florida Bar and she is the 2016 Lexology Client Choice Award Winner, nominated by clients and awarded for excellent client service in health law in the state of Florida.

Physicians, hospitals, physician group practices, diagnostic imaging centers, pharmacies, clinical laboratories, medical spas, concierge medical practices, and other health care providers in business law look to Erin for representation in a wide range of matters. Her more than 20 years of experience, paired with her desire to help people, has enabled Erin to successfully represent clients in a wide range of matters, including Stark law, fraud and abuse, acquisitions and changes of ownership, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and licensure issues arising from joint ventures. She regularly prepares and negotiates hospital-related agreements, physician employment agreements, medical director agreements, and licensure and scope of practice issues. Additionally, Erin advises on a variety of Florida health law issues including the developing medical marijuana law.

With a passion to share knowledge, Erin frequently speaks throughout the country and writes on health care topics. She has been published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

Erin enjoys meeting people of all backgrounds, giving back to the community, and participating in social and political activism, particularly initiatives that raise the status of women. She also loves spending time with her husband of more than 20 years and her two children.


  • 2016 Lexology Client Choice Award
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal 2014 Businesswoman of the Year - Legal Services
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 - 2014, 2017 - 2018
  • 2016 Tampa Top Lawyer, Health Care, Tampa magazine
  • Loyola Law School Phelps Dunbar scholarship and the Warren E. Mouledoux Editor-In-Chief’s award for outstanding law review dedication and service.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Executive Counsel to Health Law Section, 2011-2014
  • The Florida Bar, Health Law Certification Committee, Chair
  • American Diabetes Association Tampa Bay, Chair of Community Leadership Board; Walk Chair for the Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk
  • Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Board of Directors
  • Ruths List State Advisory Board
  • Hillsborough County Bar Health Law Section, former Co-Chair
  • Suncoast Health Care Executives, former President

News Releases

10.11.2018Erin S. Aebel to Serve as a Panelist for the Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter’s Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion
08.15.2018Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019
06.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers and 2018 Florida Rising Stars
06.12.2018Erin Smith Aebel Admitted to the Athena Society
05.31.2018Erin Smith Aebel Presented to USF Health Psychiatry Residents
05.22.2018Erin Smith Aebel and Dipa S. Shah Presented to the HCBA Health Law Section
04.20.2018Erin Aebel Presented at the Health Care Industry Conference of the Florida Institute of CPA's
02.21.2018Erin Smith Aebel Presented to AAPI Young Physicians Conference
01.26.2018Erin Smith Aebel Spoke at the Inspirational Women Series
12.26.2017Erin Smith Aebel Presented to Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
11.06.2017Erin Smith Aebel Panelist at USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy
07.10.2017Erin Smith Aebel Appointed Chair of The Florida Bar's Health Law Certification Committee
06.15.2017Erin Smith Aebel on Community Influencer Panel for Millennial Impact Forum
06.08.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and 2017 Florida Rising Stars
04.26.2017Erin Smith Aebel Panelist at Tampa Bay Chapter of The Federal Bar Association
02.09.2017Erin Smith Aebel Presented at Health Care Compliance Association National Conference
11.28.2016Erin Smith Aebel Faculty Member of the 45th Global Congress of the AAGL
11.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Adds New Practice Group to its Roster
06.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2016
05.31.2016Erin Smith Aebel Appointed Vice Chair Health Law Certification Committee
05.16.2016Erin Smith Aebel Was a Panelist at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute
04.27.2016Erin Smith Aebel Presented to Eckerd College ASPEC Program
04.05.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Top Lawyers
03.18.2016Tampa Health Law Attorney Wins International Lexology Client Choice Award
03.02.2016Erin Smith Aebel Hosts Tea Time for Fellow International Awardees
02.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Earns International Client Service Accolade
01.19.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Partner with Hillsborough County Medical Association
01.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Presented to Florida Veterans Administration Facilities
10.05.2015Erin Smith Aebel to Moderate Healthcare Seminar
08.17.2015Erin Smith Aebel to Speak at Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
08.10.2015Erin Smith Aebel Presents to American Health Lawyers Association
06.23.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015
06.17.2015Erin Smith Aebel Panelist on Hot Health Law Topics
05.18.2015Memorial Dinner Celebrates Community Leader’s Life While Raising Money for Diabetes Education
04.13.2015Erin Smith Aebel Reappointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
03.30.2015Erin Smith Aebel Spoke to Tampa Chapter of Professional Association of Physician Office Managers
03.04.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Spoke to University of South Florida Physicians
02.27.2015Erin Smith Aebel Spoke at Nextech's National Seminar for Health Care Providers
02.06.2015Erin Smith Aebel Appointed to Board of Directors for The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
10.29.2014Shumaker Steps Out
10.21.2014Erin Smith Aebel Recipient of American Diabetes Association Stop Diabetes SHARE Leadership Award
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.25.2014Erin Smith Aebel Wins 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award in Legal Services Category
08.11.2014Southwest Florida American Diabetes Association Recipient of Stop Diabetes GIVE Financial Performance Award
07.23.2014Erin Smith Aebel Finalist for 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
04.21.2014Erin Smith Aebel Reappointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
03.25.2014Wellcare Announces Commitment to American Diabetes Association as Presenting Sponsor of Tampa Bay's 2014 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
02.26.2014Erin Smith Aebel Spoke at Tampa General
01.07.2014Erin Smith Aebel Spoke to USF Physicians
11.04.2013Tampa Attorney Raises the Bar in Fundraising for Diabetes
09.24.2013Erin Smith Aebel Holds Seminar on Physician Payments Sunshine Act
09.23.2013Erin Smith Aebel Discusses The Affordable Care Act
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
05.28.2013Erin Smith Aebel Named Co-Chair of Shumaker's Health Law Department
05.22.2013Erin Smith Aebel Appointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
04.24.2013Erin Smith Aebel Selected Chair of Tampa Bay American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board
03.19.2013Erin Smith Aebel Presented Webinar for The Florida Bar Health Law Section
02.14.2013Erin Smith Aebel Spoke on Healthcare Issues
01.23.2013Shumaker Attorneys Spoke at USF College of Medicine
11.21.2012Erin Smith Aebel Panelist on Healthcare Reform Discussion
10.09.2012Erin Smith Aebel Named to American Diabetes Association's Advocacy Attorney Network
09.28.2012Shumaker Attorneys Receive Awards from The Florida Bar
09.26.2012Erin Smith Aebel Presents to Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
08.08.2012Shumaker Attorneys Spoke to Florida Society of Anesthesiologists
06.29.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and Up & Comers
04.04.2012Erin Smith Aebel Named Walk Chair for the Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk
04.03.2012Erin Smith Aebel Participates in Panel Discussion
04.02.2012Erin Smith Aebel Presents Webinar
01.27.2012Shumaker Attorneys Named to Corporate Counsel’s “2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Healthcare”
07.11.2011Erin Smith Aebel Elected to the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Health Law Section
06.13.2011Erin Smith Aebel Named Walk Chair for the Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk
03.15.2011Florida’s Diabetes Advocate Erin Smith Aebel Visits Washington, D.C. to Urge Greater Federal Funding in the Effort to Stop Diabetes®
02.17.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to University of South Florida Medical Residents
12.15.2010Erin Smith Aebel has been Appointed to the Community Leadership Board of American Diabetes Association
09.08.2010Erin Smith Aebel Hosted Lorman Seminar
06.07.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars
06.02.2010Erin Smith Aebel Speaks to University Community Hospital
02.01.2010Erin Smith Aebel Speaks To Patterson Dental


02.22.2019Client Alert: A Business Owner’s Guide to Managing Attorneys’ Fees in Transactions, Research, and Litigation
01.17.2019Client Alert: Florida Health Law Quirks: Guidance for Health Care Businesses Entering Florida
12.20.2018Client Alert: Provider Coding Under Siege by PIP Payers, However, Lessons Learned are Valuable to ALL Healthcare Providers for ALL Payers
01.08.2018Health Law Alert: Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement
05.12.2017Client Alert: Medical Marijuana - Florida Legislative Update
02.13.2017Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Broadens Patient Access to Adverse Incident Reports
10.18.2016Client Alert - 2016 Update: What Health Care Providers Need to Know Regarding Medical Marijuana in Florida1
08.11.2016Client Alert: Medicare Home Health Payment Update: Florida and Other States are Required to Submit Their Home Health Claims for Pre-Claim Review
07.20.2016Client Alert - The Government Makes a Business Associate Pay: What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Can Learn from this Settlement
07.18.2016Client Alert: Florida: What the New Balance Billing Law Means for Physicians
06.15.2016Client Alert: Top Ten Things the Health Care Industry Should Know about Civil Investigative Demands
05.04.2016Client Alert: CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality
03.07.2016Client Alert: Medicare Clarifies 60 Day Overpayment Rule
01.15.2016Stark Law Update
08.06.2014Client Alert - Florida is not Colorado: Health lawyers give you 5 things to consider about medical marijuana.
07.29.2013"Client News Alert: Regarding Physician Payments Sunshine Act"
08.16.2012"Pain Management 101: How State and Local Pain Clinic Laws Affect Your Medical Practice"
11.01.2010"The Risks and Rewards when Implementing Electronic Medical Records Systems," insights Newsletter
11.20.2007"Florida Board of Medicine Clarifies Surgical Pause Rule," Florida Medical Business, November 20 - December 3, 2007, Vol. 21, No. 22; Hillsborough County Bar Journal
07.01.2006"New Law Regulates Medi Spas," Hillsborough County Bar Journal
04.19.2004"There’s More to HIPAA than Just the Privacy Standards," Florida Medical Business
04.01.2004"Compliance With the HIPAA Security Standards," Hillsborough County Bar Journal
08.05.2003"New Law Requires Many Clinics to Become Licensed for First Time: Are You One?," Florida Medical Business
06.01.2003"Regulation of Online Pharmacies," American Health Lawyers Association Topical Insight Series
03.01.2003"Home Health Care Compliance in 2003," American Health Lawyers Association RAP Sheet
02.18.2003"Identifying a Health Care Provider’s Business Associates is an Important Step Towards Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule," Florida Medical Business


Events and Presentations

05.23.2018"Basic Business Law" and "Health Law Compliance," presented to Medical Assistants and Aestheticians, Beauty and Health Institute, Tampa, FL
02.16.2018Panelist, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Young Physicians Conference, Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas, NV
07.12.2016Florida Legislative Update: A Review of Important Health Law Changes in 2016
10.27.2015Health Care Law Update: Fall 2015
09.28.2015Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
02.27.2015"Patient Privacy Check Up: How to Keep Your Practice Out of HIPAA Hot Water"
01.08.2013Women, Health & Wealth Seminar
06.08.2012"Risk Management in the Digital Age: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Electronic Health Records," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Palm Beach, Florida
03.13.2012"Health Care Clinic Act and its Licensure Requirements," Presented to the Florida Bar Health Law Section
03.03.2012"Health Care Fraud Prosecutions and the Importance of Compliance Plans," Panelist, Stetson University School of Law
03.22.2011"How to Spot Issues when Negotiating Physician Employment Agreements," Presented to Physicians at Moffitt Cancer Center
03.15.2011Florida's Diabetes Advocate Erin Smith Aebel Visited Washington, D.C. to Urge Greater Federal Funding in the Effort to Stop Diabetes®
02.08.2011Shumaker Attorneys Speak to University of South Florida Medical Residents
01.27.2011"Legal Issues in Physician Employment Agreements," Presented to the University of South Florida Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmic Residents and Fellows
01.10.2011"Practicing Professionalism: Commitment, Competency and Character," Panelist, Presented to Stetson University College of Law
12.01.2010"Health Care Reform and Provider Regulation," Presented to Health Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
11.14.2010"Medical Advertising and Medical Directorships," and "Scope of Practice Issues for Cosmetics Medical Practices," Presented at joint meeting of Florida Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Florida Society of Otolaryngology
09.29.2010"Drug Manufacturer Reporting Requirements, Mandatory Reporting for Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Informed Consent and Advance Directives," Interactive Seminar Presented to physicians at St. Anthony’s Primary Care
06.18.2010"Legal Effect of New Florida Pain Clinic Laws," Presented to physicians, students and instructors at Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa
05.19.2010"Healthcare Reform and Provider Regulation," Presented to University Community Hospital Office Manager’s Council
02.26.2010"Compliance Update for Physician Practices," Presented to the University of South Florida Small Business Development Center
01.23.2010"Legal Issues for Dental Practice Start-Ups," Presented to Patterson Dental
10.14.2009"Top 10 Compliance Pitfalls for Physician Practices: A Review of Fundamentals and an Update on Recent Changes," Presented at the Shumaker-hosted Health Law Seminar at Michael’s on East, Sarasota, FL
09.02.2009"Florida Legislative Update: Changes to Health Care Licensure Laws and Medicaid," Presented to the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Section
05.11.2009"Recent Changes to HIPAA Under the HITECH Act and its Effect on Electronic Medical Records," Presented at the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Morton Plant Mease Primary Care 82 physician group
09.26.2008"Health Law Compliance Issues for Bariatric Physicians in Florida," Presented to American Society of Bariatric Physicians
09.11.2008"Stark Law Update," Presented to Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
08.23.2008"Legal Issues for Dental Practice Start-Ups"
05.15.2008"Recent Florida Supreme Court Opinion Waterman v Buster and its Effect on Physicians and Adverse Medical Incident Documents," Presented to the Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
08.10.2007"Legal Issues for Dental Practice Start-Ups," Presented to Patterson Dental
04.30.2007"Employment Contract Negotiations With a Private Practice," Presented to Urologist Fellows at Moffitt Cancer Center
03.15.2007"Health Law Highlights for Physician Practice Managers," Presented to Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
01.01.2007"Compliance Requirements Under the Medicaid Deficit Reduction Act of 2005," Presented to Suncoast Healthcare Executives
10.25.2006“Fraud and Abuse Issues for Physicians,” Presented to University of South Florida fellows and residents
04.25.2006“Cosmetics Medicine Practices and Medi-Spas: Legal Issues and Pitfalls to Avoid,” Presented to Hillsborough County Health Law Section
03.30.2005“Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida,” Lorman Education Services, Tampa, Florida paper and lecture
05.19.2004“An Introduction to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and its Use in Litigation,” Presented to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc., paper and lecture
03.24.2004“Employment Contracts for Physicians,” Presented to U.S.F. Physician’s Group, lecture
12.01.2003“Essentials for Safeguarding Personal Health Information Using the HIPAA Security Standards,” National Business Institute, paper and lecture
09.01.2003“Complying with the New HIPAA Standards: What Florida Paralegals Need to Know,” National Business Institute, paper and lecture
08.19.2003“Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003,” Lorman Education Services, Tampa, Florida, paper and lecture
04.01.2003“Legal Issues for Physicians Joining a Private Practice,” Tampa General Hospital, lecture
10.01.2002“Information Quarantine: HIPAA Compliance for Employers,” paper and lecture

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., cum laude, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Loyola University New Orleans, 1993

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1996
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 1997


  • French


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