David J. Lisko is a Tampa litigation and business attorney. In his civil litigation practice, Mr. Lisko advises clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, trademark and/or copyright infringement, unfair and deceptive business practices, negligence, personal injury, retaliation, misappropriation, shareholder disputes, and civil violations of state and federal laws and regulations. He also advises clients in matters of tortious interference, labor and employment law, white collar crime, and internal policy and regulatory compliance. Mr. Lisko's practice includes advising clients in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and 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 midsize companies in various industries. He drafts and negotiates operating agreements, employment and marketing agreements, compliance manuals, and commercial contracts, as well as develops internal policies and procedures, strategic business plans, and operating manuals. Mr. Lisko also advises clients on human resources and compliance issues. In addition, Mr. Lisko helps clients with crisis management, strategic messaging, alternative solutions to litigation, negotiating settlement agreements, and strategically preparing for litigation.

Mr. Lisko is the president of the Sports Business and Leadership Association (SBLA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization made up of professionals working in the sports business industry. The SBLA provides underprivileged children with the resources necessary to participate in various confidence-building and life-changing sports experiences.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Lisko worked for a white collar crime boutique defense law firm, clerked for a Florida circuit court judge, worked as a legal associate for a Fortune 400 company, served as a law clerk to a professor, and worked 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 chairman and an active member of The Federalist Society.

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. He also served as a teacher in Columbus City Schools for six months in between undergrad and law school.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., with honors
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Sports Business and Leadership Association, President
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries
  • The Florida Bar Sports Entertainment Section
  • Sports Lawyer Association
  • Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Emerge Tampa Bay
  • The Ohio State University Varsity "O" Club, 2008-present
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2017-2022
  • Law360 Rising Stars, Sports & Betting, 2021
  • Top Lawyer, Tampa Magazine, Sports Law, 2020, 2022
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2017-2019
  • Barrister's Best Sports and Entertainment Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2016
  • Up and Comer, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2014
  • Supreme Court of Florida Pro Bono Award, 2012-Present
  • 2010 Lawrence Negotiations Competition Champion
  • American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition, Finalist, 2010


Speaking Engagements