Intellectual property boutique The Rapacke Law Group has expanded into South Florida with the opening of a Fort Lauderdale office.
Andrew Rapacke, the founder and sole partner of The Rapacke Law Group, moved from Orlando, where he founded the firm, to the Fort Lauderdale area and decided the market provided strong opportunities for the firm’s work in the entertainment and sports arenas.
Rapacke has hired Ben Bedrava as of counsel to work in the new office, and said he plans to grow the location. The firm’s two other attorneys are based in Orlando and Tallahassee.
The firm, which opened in early 2015, handles all of its matters on a fixed-fee basis, including litigation. The toy and game industry makes up The Rapacke Law Group’s largest client base, with clients including Fisher Price and Toys R Us.
“Eighty percent of our business is really centered toward the toy and game and sports industry, as well as medical devices and mechanical operating goods,” Rapacke said.
He said the South Florida region is a “huge marketplace” for media, sports, licensing opportunities, trademarks and fashion. Rapacke said he wants to grow his firm but at the same time ensure he can still provide its services on a fixed-fee basis. The firm doesn’t require retainers, bill hourly or charge for phone calls or emails, Rapacke said.
The Rapacke Law Group isn’t limited to Florida’s borders either, Rapacke said. He said he has been eyeing Atlanta for some time. Washington, D.C., is also a strong choice because of its proximity to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he said. In terms of other Florida markets, Tampa may be an option as well, Rapacke said.
Rapacke’s engineering background came from his time as a naval officer before law school. He said he felt it was a great fit with intellectual property law. And for his burgeoning firm, the South Florida market presents strong IP opportunities that mesh with what the firm has seen in Central Florida, he said.
“We love the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit floating around Florida,” Rapacke said, citing to the high-tech incubators of Orlando to the new businesses coming to South Florida.