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Vaccine Law and Regulation - Mandates and Exemptions


Speaker(s): Brian Abramson, Jerry Williamson
Recorded on: Apr. 19, 2021
PLI Program #: 326760

Brian Dean Abramson, Esq., LL.M., is the principal of Vaccination Program Counsel, established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Mr. Abramson is a leading expert on vaccine law, and is the primary author of Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law, the most comprehensive treatise written for this field of law, published by Bloomberg Law in cooperation with the American Health Law Association.

Mr. Abramson previously worked for Bloomberg Law where he authored the vaccine injury claims chapter of Matthew H.  Solomson’s Court of Federal Claims: Jurisdiction, Practice, and Procedure. Mr. Abramson’s legal career included serving as law clerk and scholar in residence for the Honorable Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and as an intern the Honorable Susan G. Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Earlier in his career, Mr. Abramson practiced intellectual property law with the firm of Lott & Friedland (now Lott & Fischer, PL) in Coral Gables, Florida.

Mr. Abramson received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the Florida International University College of Law in 2005, and his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School in 2008.


Dr. Williamson is a Board-Certified physician with a master’s in health jurisprudence from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager and is also certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Healthcare Compliance Association. He has over 35 years’ experience in private practice and healthcare management. Following 15 years of private medical practice he dedicated himself to healthcare administration and leadership. During his career, he served as Medical Director for a Third-Party Administrator, Vice President of Medical Affairs for a 280-bed hospital, Assistant Medical Director for a Staff Model HMO and as a private practice physician.

He is a frequently requested speaker and consultant on such topics as HIPAA, Healthcare Compliance, Medical Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Patient Safety and the Prevention of Medical Errors, Physician Burnout, Health Information Technology, Regulatory Topics, and Practice Management areas for Medical Associations.

He is a consultant to The American Academy of Professional Coders. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and former Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida College of Medicine. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at NOVA Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also served as Clinical Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Sciences, College of Allied Health, NOVA Southeastern University. He is presently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Family Medicine Residency Program, and former Clinical Clerkship Training Coordinator at The Florida State University College of Medicine. At the College he continues to serve as an affiliate of The Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and an affiliate member of the Health Law Division of the Florida Bar.

Dr. Williamson is also a Supreme Court Certified Dependency Mediator and formally trained arbitrator. He formerly served as a “Meaningful Use Clinician Champion” to The Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology, a Regional Extension Center in Florida. For 15 years he was in a senior leadership role with Collier Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in South Florida, where he formerly served as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program. He is the 2012 recipient of the “Heroes in Healthcare” award from the Naples Daily News, for Administrative Excellence in Healthcare. Currently he is an independent consultant, educator, and national speaker.