Lori Lustrin

Area of Focus: Litigation
Lori is a general commercial litigator who focuses on complex class-action and plaintiff opt-out antitrust litigation in federal court. In addition to antitrust work, her class action experience includes defending clients in the consumer products, homebuilding, real estate investment, and food and beverage industries.

Lori has also taken an interest in the emerging area of healthcare antitrust litigation and she has authored several articles on the subject. In addition to her varied federal court work, Lori has substantial experience in complex business litigation throughout the country, and has litigated cases involving intellectual property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, land use disputes, bankruptcy issues, employment disputes, professional malpractice actions, unfair and deceptive trade practices issues, fraud, defamation, and products liability. Lori also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including international arbitrations.
Q & A
What are the biggest challenges in representing opt-out plaintiffs?
Representing opt-out plaintiffs in antitrust litigation is particularly challenging because unlike traditional litigation, the client is typically suing their suppliers - entities that the client often continues to do business with throughout the course of the litigation. It can be challenging to convey to the client why they should sue their business partners in the first place, particularly those that the client views as the lifeblood of their business. It is our job to explain why these cases, which understandably seem counter intuitive at first blush, can substantially benefit the company and the industry in which it operates. It is our job to identify the value of the case and craft creative solutions to address the client's unique concerns from a business perspective.
How do you add value for clients?
Litigation is not "one size fits all." Each client and case is different and presents unique challenges and opportunities. I am always looking down the road and considering how any given action will impact a case later on in the litigation. All too often, litigators triage issues reflexively, are adversarial for the sake of being adversarial, and spend client resources unnecessarily pursuing tasks that do not advance the client's ultimate goals. I believe that value-add litigation means having a firm grasp on the client's priorities, a big picture understanding of the litigation and its impact on the client's business, and an ongoing and evolving legal strategy for the client to get the best result in the most cost-effective manner.
How do you differentiate yourself from other lawyers in your practice area?

It is vital to stay up-to-date on the law that impacts industries of my clients. I actively write articles related to antitrust in the healthcare industry and serve as a Vice Chair for the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. I also participate in speaking opportunities related to antitrust and consumer protection issues, that allow me to make contacts with important regulators in federal and state agencies. Staying ahead of the curve and always aware of developments in the law allows me to provide my clients with every possible advantage during the course of a litigation.

Prosecution of claims of Tech Data Corporation and other major opt-out plaintiffs in the precedent setting LCD price fixing antitrust litigation. Actions filed throughout the country became part of a nationwide Multi-District Litigation (MDL) before the United States District Court for the Northern ...
  • University of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, cum laude, 2008
    Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005
  • American Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Division Antitrust Law Committee, Vice Chair, 2016
    Antitrust Law Membership and Diversity Committee, Young Lawyer Representative, 2015
    Law School Mentoring Project
    Mt. Sinai Medical Center Foundation
    Member, 2015
    Special Olympics
    Executive Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Daily Business Review, Florida Trailblazers, 2019 

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Corporate Securities winner, 2014; Complex/Business Litigation finalist, 2016

    Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2013 - 2018

    Benchmark Litigation, U.S. Under 40 Hotlist, 2017 

    Recipient, Jeffrey Allan Hirsch Academic Scholarship, University of Florida Levin College of Law

    Book Award recipient in Constitutional Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

    Florida Journal of International Law, Best Comment Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

    Community Service Pro Bono Certificate, University of Florida Levin College of Law

    Top Up & Comers, 2020
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