David J Lisko

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David J. Lisko is a Tampa litigation, business, and sports attorney, as well as a member of Holland & Knight's national Entertainment Law and Sports practice.

In his civil litigation practice, Mr. Lisko advises clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, negligence, retaliation, misappropriation, shareholder disputes, and civil violations of state and federal laws and regulations. He also advises clients in matters of tortious interference, bankruptcy, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, labor and employment law, and internal policy and regulatory compliance. Mr. Lisko's criminal practice includes advising clients in white collar criminal prosecutions and investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as other state or federal agencies.

In Mr. Lisko's business practice, he serves as an outside general counsel and strategic business advisor to entrepreneurs and technology-based small businesses, professional athletes, entertainers, and high-net-worth individuals. Mr. Lisko drafts and negotiates operating agreements and other commercial contracts, as well as develops internal policies, strategic business plans, and operating manuals. In addition, Mr. Lisko helps clients with crisis management, strategic messaging, alternative solutions to litigation, negotiating settlement agreements, and preparing for potential litigation.  

In Mr. Lisko's sports law practice, he serves as an agent to professional athletes, a general counsel to current and former professional athletes in litigation and corporate matters, and as an outside counsel to professional sports teams and sports companies. Mr. Lisko also drafts and negotiates sponsorship agreements with professional athletes on behalf of both athletes and companies, including Olympic sponsorship agreements. Mr. Lisko advises clients on compliance with sports laws and regulations, including but not limited to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations and the Olympic Charter. Mr. Lisko is a Certified Contract Advisor with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He also is the president of the Sports Business and Leadership Association (SBLA), which is a nonprofit charitable organization made up of young professionals working in the sports business industry. The SBLA provides underprivileged children with the resources necessary to participate in various sports experiences.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Lisko concentrated his practice in the areas of sports law and white collar crime. His previous experience includes working for a white collar crime boutique defense law firm, clerking for a Florida circuit court judge, employment as a legal associate for a Fortune 400 company, serving as a law clerk to a professor and working directly under the general counsel of a National Hockey League (NHL) team.

While in law school, Mr. Lisko gained trial experience by acting as a licensed prosecutor in Delaware County, Ohio, and participating in moot court. He was the Student Bar Association's Academic Affairs Committee chairman and an active member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association.

Prior to law school, Mr. Lisko was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Big Ten Conference champion as a wide receiver on The Ohio State University football team, a member of The Ohio State University men's lacrosse team and a five-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2017, 2018 
  • Barrister’s Best Sports and Entertainment Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2016
  • Up and Comer, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2014
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2013, 2014
  • Supreme Court of Florida Pro Bono Award, 2012
  • 2010 Lawrence Negotiations Competition Champion
  • American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition, Finalist, 2010


  • Sports Business and Leadership Association, President
  • The Florida Bar Sports Entertainment Section
  • NFL Players Association
  • Sports Lawyer Association
  • Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Emerge Tampa Bay
  • The Ohio State University Varsity "O" Club, 2008-present