Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

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Lida Rodriguez-Taseff is a commercial trial lawyer, practicing in the firm's Miami office

Selected Best Lawyer in 2004 by the Miami New Times and described by the publication as "smart, scrappy and resolute," Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff has extensive experience as lead and co-lead counsel handling state and federal jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations and administrative trials. She is fully fluent in written and spoken Spanish and has actively represented corporate and individual interests in international matters and legal disputes involving Latin America. She also practices in the area of voting rights, with an emphasis on language-accessible voting. 

Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff is admitted to practice in Florida and New York and is a 1992 graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal, the highest honor bestowed by NYU. Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff is a member of Duane Morris' Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff previously served on the firm’s governing Partners Board. 

Representative Matters

    Commercial Trial Work

  • The representation of a Chinese fortune 500 company in a dispute over control of Florida limited liability company created to re-develop a 32 acre mixed use parcel in Plantation, Florida for a project worth in excess of $400,000,000 (the representation included a successful bench trial);
  • The successful resolution of a breach of distributorship dispute on behalf of a Fortune 500 company doing business in Brazil;
  • A jury verdict on behalf of one of Venezuela’s leading providers of services to the energy and industrial sectors on a claim for fraud in the inducement stemming from a business transaction in Venezuela;
  • An administrative trial order in favor of a Hungarian transit industry manufacturer reinstating a $125,000,000 transit bus contract;
  • A total defense verdict for a Chinese individual in a federal jury trial seeking $8,000,000 in damages based on unproven allegations of civil theft;
  • A directed verdict in favor of the world’s leading airport IT service provider in a federal jury trial where the plaintiff was seeking unspecified damages based on unproven allegations of race/national origin discrimination;
  • Successful representation of a former NFL star and two other individuals in a real property and contract federal jury trial in St. Thomas, USVI;
  • A defense arbitration award in favor of an industry-leading specialty distributor serving the dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply markets in a matter involving allegations of assault/battery in the workplace;
  • Successful representation of a 600-unit condominium association in a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against its insurance carrier for hurricane-related damages;
  • A verdict in favor of an international residential/commercial developer in a state court jury trial involving a claim under the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act;
  • Successful representation of members of 450-unit homeowner association in a state court class action against a contractor and developer for damages resulting from structural design defects and building code violations;
  • Successful representation of a residential condominium associations in lawsuits against developers of mixed-use condominiums relating to association governance; and
  • The ongoing representation of one of the world's leading manufacturers of copiers and supplies, as it seeks to protect its competition rights.
  • Voting Rights

  • Representation of plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Florida's purges of alleged non-citizens;
  • Representation of national civil rights groups in connection with voter registration and get-out-the-vote initiatives for the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections;
  • Successful representation of plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit alleging violations of Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Volusia County, Florida;
  • Successful representation of a county supervisor of elections on various matters, including negotiation of contracts with voting-system vendors and preparation of testimony before various governmental bodies; and
  • Consultant for national civil rights organization, directing its Right to Vote Public Education Initiative which was designed to increase awareness of current limitations on the right to vote in the U.S. and to explore ways to strengthen the right to vote for all Americans.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction Litigation
  • Voting Rights

Admissions

  • New York
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1992

Professional Activities

  • Provide legal commentary, in English and Spanish, for national and international media outlets including BBC, CNN, CNN HeadlineNews, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC, Univision and Telemundo, 2000-present
  • The Spellman-Hoeveller American Inns of Court, 2007-present
  • Legal commentator, CNN Saturday morning segment Legal Briefs, November 2002 - September 2005
  • Guest Editor, Miami Herald, February-December 2005
  • President, ACLU, Greater Miami Chapter, March 2001-March 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, 2016 and 2017
  • Named Fellow Litigation Counsel of America -- Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2015
  • Named in Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2015
  • Recipient of AI Justice's 2015 Immigrant Spirit Award
  • Named in Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2014
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Named in the South Florida Legal Guide Top Rated Lawyers, 2012
  • Recipient of Business Leader magazine's "Women Extraordinaire Award," November 2011
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review's Most Effective Lawyers 2010
  • Honored by the Miami Workers Center, December 2009
  • Recipient of the inaugural Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Legacy Diversity Award, 2008
  • Florida Trend, Top Florida Attorneys, 2008
  • 2007 Civil Rights Award, The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Florida
  • Voted to "The Power Women Issue," The SunPost, October 5, 2006
  • Voted to "25 Mas Poderosos del Sur de la Florida," Poder Magazine, 2005
  • Elaine Gordon "You Make a Difference" Award, Miami-Dade County Lobby Days in Tallahassee, April 2005
  • Voted "Best Lawyer" by Miami New Times, March 2004
  • Community Service Award, South Florida AFL-CIO, 2004
  • Commendation by the City of Miami, Florida, presented for "resolute commitment to the Miami community," serving as President of the Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, March 25, 2004
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board of Directors, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, New York, NY September 2010-Present
  • Board of Directors, Audubon Florida, Tallahassee, FL, January 2013- Present
  • Secretary, Friends of the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, 2009-Present
  • Board of Directors, Community Justice Project, Miami, FL, 2014-Present

Selected Publications

  • Quoted in, "The Moment That Made an Advocate and Attorney of Lida Rodriguez-Taseff," Daily Business Review, (November 4, 2016)
  • Quoted in, "Downtown Miami Coffee Shop Sues Landlord Over Lease," Daily Business Review, (May 13, 2016)
  • Quoted in "Women Over 40 Show an Entrepreneurial Streak," Forbes, (May 11, 2015)
  • Quoted in "South Florida Law Firms Scope Out Opportunities in Cuba," South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine, March 25, 2016
  • Quoted in "Judge Rules on Dispute in Favor of Fashion Mall Owner," Daily Business Review, (October 3, 2014)
  • Quoted in "New Miami Federal Judge Among 10 Gay Nominees," Daily Business Review, (July 25, 2014)
  • Author, "American Dream Lies Within the Pages," The Miami Herald, (July 4, 2014)
  • Author, "Everglades Restoration Requires Public Pressure," The Miami Herald, (October 15, 2013)
  • Author, "Water Drives South Florida's Economy," The Miami Herald, (July 7, 2013)
  • Author "Voting is Not a Technicality—It's a Fundamental Right," Daily Business Review, (June 4, 2012)
  • Quoted in "Attorneys Help in $17.37 Million Purchase of 2-Acre Brickell Site," Daily Business Review, (May 30, 2012)
  • Quoted in "Diversity Scorecard: Lonely At the Top" by Julie Kay, Daily Business Review, (January 23, 2012)
  • "The Road to Paper: Is E-Voting Reform Eroding the Gains of Language Minority Voters? The Case of Florida," for The American Bar Association, Inaugural National Institute on Computing and the Law (July 2007)
  • "Florida's Post 2000 Voting Systems Overhaul: The Road to Perdition," 23. J. Marshall Computer & Info. L. 497-508 (Spring 2005)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "A View from the Office of the GC," South Florida Executive Roundtable, Coral Gables, FL, March 9, 2017
  • Panelist, "Cuba: The New Landscape," Hispanic National Bar Association, June 27, 2016
  • Moderator, "Managing Risk South of the Border: A Discussion and Survey of Strategic Claim Handling Issues and Legal Trends in Latin America," American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 4, 2016
  • Panelist, "Cuba—In Plain English, What Businesses Need to Know," Duane Morris LLP and Lupicinio International Law Firm, Miami, FL, January 14, 2016
  • Panelist, "Financial and Legal Business Environment in South Florida and Latam," South Florida Association for Financial Professionals, Coral Gables, FL, November 10, 2015
  • Panelist, "Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act," University of Florida Bob Graham Center, Gainesville, FL, October 16, 2015
  • Speaker, "Doing Business South of the Border-A Survey of Strategic Claim Handling Issues and Legal Trends in Latin America," International Association of Claim Professionals, 45th Anniversary Conference, Amelia Island, Florida, September 24, 2014
  • Panelist, "In the Arena: How Women and Girls Change the World," The Older Women's League Program, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2013
  • Panelist, "The Uneasy Embrace: A Reflection on the State of Voting Rights and Voter Access," The George Vashon Lecture-2013, Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2013
  • Panelist, "Law Firm Diversity Best Practices: The Essential Tools to Starting and Maintaining an Effective Diversity Initiative for Hiring and Retention," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry 2011 Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, April 16, 2011