Tal J. Lifshitz is a partner in Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton’s complex litigation department.
He handles some of the firm’s most complex cases, including:
- representing victims of corrupt Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein’s billion dollar Ponzi scheme;
- defending a foreign public utility in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute;
- representing consumers in a pair of class action lawsuits against one of the nation’s largest beverage and brewing companies for deceptive and unfair trade practices;
- prosecuting force-placed insurance cases in nationwide class actions against national banks and insurers;
- representing an international private banking group in a complex commercial breach of contract action;
- defending an online document preparation and filing service company from a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit involving claims of deceptive trade practices;
- defending an international commercial real estate group in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action;
- representing victims of the Jay Peak EB-5 investment scheme in a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against a pair of national banks and financial services firm;
- representing a federal equity receiver in connection with a multimillion dollar Chilean Ponzi scheme; and representing victims of William Wise’s Millennium Bank investment scheme in a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against a national bank.
Tal received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Central Florida, where he majored in Legal Studies. He earned his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board and served as the Eleventh Circuit Editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He also was a four-time Dean’s Fellow, working with property and criminal procedure courses as well as with the writing center.
During law school, Tal received the Soia Mentschikoff Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing for his publication, “Arguable Probable Cause”: An Unwarranted Approach to Qualified Immunity, 65 U. Miami. L. Rev. 1159 (2011). He also served as a Project Leader for the University of Miami’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and was a Legal Intern for the Federal Public Defender’s Office.
After law school, Tal served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth A. Marra from September 2012 to September 2013.
Tal is also on the Executive Board for the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and will assume the role of President of the organization in 2022. He also serves as Co-Chair of the FBA CLE Committee as well as the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee, and serves on the FBA National Younger Lawyers in Court Task Force. He has served as a Faculty Member for NITA, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, since 2019, teaching multi-day trial and deposition technique programs using NITA’s hands-on, “learn-by-doing” method for advocacy seminars.
In a recent pro bono civil rights matter in federal court, Tal and his team obtained a substantial monetary award for an individual who was a victim of police brutality and asserted claims under Section 1983. For his work on the matter, Tal was invited to speak on a panel hosted by two United States District Judges, providing pro bono training for lawyers on litigating civil rights actions in federal court. Tal continues to handle pro bono civil rights actions under Section 1983, and has also provided pro bono assistance to the Miami community through Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Small Claims Court Clinic.
Among his many talents, Tal is fluent in Hebrew.
I’m driven by the challenge of constantly striving for greatness. There are many good lawyers. There are few great ones. That’s why I teach advocacy and mentor younger lawyers. It keeps me sharp, and forces me to think critically about my own techniques and litigation strategies. Being a part of the FBA gives me the same benefits. I’m surrounded by greatness – the elite lawyers and judges of our community. That’s where I want to be.
What's trending with Tal
Tal J. Lifshitz is keeping a close eye on a case before the Florida Supreme Court that will regulate a party's ability to depose high-ranking officials in high-stakes discovery battles.
Class action defendants are attempting to rewrite longstanding principles of personal jurisdiction, trying to defeat certification of nationwide classes by arguing that a court lacks personal jurisdiction over out-of-state class members’ claims where the defendant does not reside in the court’s forum state.
Who is the perfect juror? What is the most effective theme? What evidence is the most compelling in the eyes of the jury? These and many other similar questions haunt the minds of many trial lawyers, because high-stakes commercial litigation trials are multimillion-dollar productions with little room for error.
At a time when 10,000 boomers a day are retiring, businesses need young workers to lead their companies into the future. But only 11 percent of millennials said they aspire to senior level positions at their company, found a recent study by talent management firm Saba and WorkplaceTrends.com.
Mock trials and high-stakes commercial litigation can be an eye-opening experience for trial attorneys, write attorneys Javier Lopez and Tal Lifshitz.
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, subject to Supreme Court approval and arguably no substantive area of law will be more impacted than federal class action litigation, in particular, the procedures for addressing objections to class settlements.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, class actions, healthcare and bankruptcy matters.