Jeff Schacknow is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Schacknow focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, government investigations and commercial litigation. He is headquartered in the firm's West Palm Beach office, but advises clients from around the world.

Mr. Schacknow's recent engagements include:

  • investigation and preparation of defense strategy for multiple educational and religious institutions in different states involving allegations of sexual abuse
  • successful defense at trial court and on appeal in arguing for suppression of video surveillance evidence in criminal investigation of massage parlors for suspected human trafficking
  • successful representation of global financial institution in wrongful death claims asserted after an employee murdered a customer's family to cover up an embezzlement
  • defense of international hotel chain in lawsuits related to human trafficking allegations and claims brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA)
  • representation of a Major League Baseball player in contractual dispute with his former agent
  • litigation for pharmaceutical wholesaler on 21 U.S. Code § 853(n) petition to recover assets seized by government from retail pharmacies
  • successful implementation of Anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss to defeat meritless defamation suit brought against local political consultant
  • helping domestic and international companies comply with regulations related to human trafficking
  • defense of several related lawsuits concerning property rights near Florida's Intracoastal Waterway
  • advice to multiple companies and individuals dealing with state attorney general (AG) investigations
  • successful defense of a fast-food franchise in a large commercial lawsuit involving claims brought under Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) related to improperly charged sales tax
  • internal investigations for companies concerning executive misconduct, whistleblower allegations and compliance with grand jury subpoenas
  • successful representation of pro bono client defending federal copyright infringement claims


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Emory University, B.A., Philosophy and Economics
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association