Tal J. Lifshitz is a partner in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s complex litigation department and co-chair of the firm’s cryptocurrency, digital asset, and blockchain group.
An experienced litigator and former federal judicial law clerk with federal jury trial experience, Tal is part of a team that handles “bet the company” cases and class actions. He has a decade of experience representing a wide range of sophisticated corporate and individual clients, including investors in high-stakes business and crypto disputes, investment and securities frauds, and Ponzi scheme litigation.
Since 2019 Tal has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Class Actions/Mass Torts, and been invited to serve as a Faculty Member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), teaching multi-day trial and deposition technique programs using NITA’s hands-on, “learn-by-doing” method.
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 Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee, as well as the Social Media Committee, and serves on the FBA National Younger Lawyers in Court Task Force.
Tal speaks and writes regularly on trial practice, class actions, and the intersection of law and technology including FinTech, blockchain, and digital currency. He is active on social media and can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter for litigation skills and tips, thoughts on law and technology, and more.
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 students in 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).
After law school, Tal served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth A. Marra, Southern District of Florida, from September 2012 to September 2013.
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
One of the features of blockchain technology that cryptocurrencies rest upon is so-called smart contracts. These are programs built into transactions that can control or enforce the terms of a transaction.
Whether we're talking about Web3, blockchain technology, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or cryptocurrency, the topic of smart contracts comes up again and again.
If you want to simplify how you make payments – and you don't want to rely on physical cash and credit cards – you may want to use a digital wallet, also known as an electronic wallet, e-wallet or, when used on your phone, mobile wallet.
When it comes to alternative investing options, NFTs (also called non-fungible tokens) are one of the most unusual choices out there. An NFT is a digital asset of some kind that is part of the Ethereum blockchain. When you invest in an NFT, you could be purchasing a digital piece of art, the rights to a tweet or logo, or even a character you can use for play-to-earn gaming.
Bernie Madoff died in federal prison a few months ago with the dubious distinction of being the mastermind of the largest and most infamous Ponzi scheme of all time.
The good news for cryptocurrency is that El Salvador decided to adopt it as legal tender and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a proposal to let banks handle digital assets like Bitcoin.
Because while Zoom may be the easy example, the low hanging fruit, it’s only the beginning of the wave of technological innovations that are coming to redefine the practice of law in the coming years.
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.