Nelson Hardiman LLP in Los Angeles has opened a Chicago office and added Alex Thiersch, the founder and director of the American Med Spa Association, as its new general counsel.
"There are a number of natural synergies between Nelson Hardiman and Alex's practice and background in the Med Spa industry," Harry Nelson, co-founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman, said. "We see an increasing alignment of the issues facing the ever-growing aesthetic medicine industry with those facing other consumer-focused healthcare practices. Our primary goal is to ensure that we are well-positioned to serve and support the needs of our clients."
Thiersch, who started the American Med Spa Association in 2013, said he believes Nelson Hardiman's expansion to Chicago reflects its continued commitment to the growing aesthetic medicine industry and the increasing challenge of navigating the different regulatory landscapes across the U.S.
"The health care community recognizes that the Med Spa industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the sector with robust expansion in markets all over the United States," Thiersch said. "As with any new industry niche, it needs tremendous legal and regulatory guidance due to the continual changing federal regulations along with the differing regulations for practices in each state."