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Higer Lichter & Givner is a AV-Rated Florida Law Firm That Provides First Rate, Client-Centric Legal Counsel to Fortune 500 Companies, Governmental Entities and Individuals in a Broad Spectrum of Legal Matters.

Practice Areas

  • Class/Collective Actions
  • Corporate
  • Cyber Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Class/Collective Actions

Higer Lichter & Givner has experience and a proven track record representing plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits. Founding partner David Lichter is currently co-lead counsel in the Alequin v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., a federal collective action lawsuit against the world’s largest full-service restaurant group. This lawsuit claims that Darden Restaurants, Inc. and its related restaurants, including The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze (“Darden”) failed to pay proper wages or overtime pay to its tipped employees, such as servers and bartenders, as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Read More


Joey Givner heads the corporate department. Mr. Givner has years of experience representing clients in a broad spectrum of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, financing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing and concessions. Mr. Givner has represented a wide array of corporate clients ranging from private individuals and start-up enterprises to publicly traded companies. Messrs. Higer, Lichter and Givner have litigation experience in this area as well. Read More

Cyber Law

Mark E. Stein heads Higer Lichter & Givner’s Cyber Law practice. Cyber Law, which generally refers to laws governing everything related to computers, including the Internet and cyberspace, is a relatively young field that continues to develop rapidly. New Cyber Law issues continue to arise as technology changes.

Cyber Law involves everything from policies governing the use of the Internet and social media in the work place, to protecting your business against cybercrimes. Every business today should regularly analyze its Cyber Law risks and needs. Higher, Lichter & Givner can assist you and your company with all of your Cyber Law related issues to help protect you from potential liabilities and issues before they become costly. Read More

Dispute Resolution

David Lichter anchors the firm's alternative dispute resolution services. Mr. Lichter has mediated and arbitrated more than 1,300 matters pre-suit, pending in state and federal district and bankruptcy courts, the American Arbitration Association and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Mr. Lichter regularly travels throughout Florida, around the country and has traveled to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas to mediate and arbitrate matters.

Dispute resolution services include: mediation and arbitration; special master/special investigator; private judging and early neutral evaluation. Read More

Employment Law

David Lichter runs the firm’s employment law practice. He has extensive experience litigating and mediating matters involving restrictive covenants, covenants not to compete, confidentiality, and sale of a business under Sections 542.33 and 542.335 of the Florida statutes, and theft or misappropriation of trade secrets under Section 688 of the Florida statutes, including injunctive relief. Read More

Intellectual Property

Mr. Stein chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. He has years of experience and a track record of success litigating patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, copyright and unfair competition claims in courts throughout the state of Florida, the U.S. and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Stein also has extensive experience in anti-piracy legal issues, including trademark and copyright counterfeiting litigation, pre-suit investigations, ex-parte seizures and TRO/Preliminary Injunction proceedings. Read More


We view our role in business and commercial litigation as legal partners to and problem solvers for our clients. HLG takes a team approach to litigation. Together with clients we plan legal strategies balancing creative legal options with practical concerns to determine how to help your company prevail in the prosecution or defense of business disputes. Our goal is for the team to create a strategy to “win” each litigation for you and to execute the agreed upon strategy. Read More

Real Estate

Joey Givner heads our Real Estate team, which has earned the reputation as a go-to law firm for solving clients' most difficult issues as well as for addressing their day-to-day concerns. For years, clients have turned to Higer Lichter & Givner’s Real Estate team for help in achieving their strategic objectives and goals. We are trusted advisors to a distinguished roster of clients, crafting practical solutions for clients. HLG handles matters from acquisitions and dispositions; development, commercial, industrial and retail leasing, management and construction; commercial, industrial, residential, hospitality and mixed-use properties; workouts and foreclosures; reorganization transactions; joint ventures; the public and private offering of debt and equity real estate securities; and financing transactions. Read More


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    Meet the Partners

    Our firm was established by a group of highly successful attorneys who developed strong professional and personal relationships while working at large, well-known law firms and decided to join forces to establish a different kind of law firm.

    Collectively, our founding partners have almost 80 years of legal experience honed at three of Miami’s most prestigious law firms. We represent Fortune 500 companies and individuals in a broad spectrum of business, insurance, corporate, intellectual property, and catastrophic injury matters while engaging actively in alternative dispute resolution.
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    David H. Lichter, Esq.

    Mediation; Litigation; Arbitration; Special Master; Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

    David H. Lichter is an experienced litigator whose work is substantially devoted to mediating and arbitrating business disputes, mediating securities arbitrations and litigating business disputes and class actions. Mr. Lichter has mediated and arbitrated more than 1400 matters, is engaged regularly by plaintiffs and defendants and mediates and arbitrates cases throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico. For the last 20 years, he has conducted anti-piracy efforts throughout the southeastern United States on behalf of a large trade association of software publishers. He is A/V rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest available rating, and is included in the 2012 and 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Mediation and Arbitration, the 2014 edition of Florida Super Lawyers (Top 100 Lawyer) in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, the 2011 Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite in the field of mediation, and is a recipient of the 2009 Business Leader Media Movers and Shakers award.
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    Michael J. Higer, Esq.

    Commercial and Business Litigation; Creditor and Debtor Rights Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patents; Trademarks; Copyright; Computer Software; Covenants Not To Compete; Unfair Competition; Personal Injury; Real Property Litigation; Wrongful Death

    Michael J. Higer is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has devoted his practice to commercial litigation and civil trial work involving a wide variety of matters. He is A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell®, the highest available rating and has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite™ and Florida Super Lawyers. The South Florida Business Journal featured Mr. Higer in its Book of Law. Mr. Higer is widely regarded as one of the architects of the business courts established in Florida. The Florida Bar, Business Law Section recognized him as its Outstanding Member in 2005, and he is a former Chair of that Section. Mr. Higer is also a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar and serves on its Executive Committee.
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    J. Joseph Givner, Esq.

    Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

    Joseph Givner is a trial and transactional attorney whose work is devoted to complex commercial matters. He is A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell®, the highest available rating and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Givner was also a finalist for Dealmaker of the year in Corporate Finance through the Daily Business Review. Over his twenty two years of practice, Mr. Givner has represented a wide range of clients including publicly traded corporations, private companies and individuals. Mr. Givner who is fluent in Spanish, is engaged regularly by both foreign and domestic clients.
  • Mark E. Stein, Esq.

    Cyber Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patents; Trademarks; Copyright; Computer Software

    Mark E. Stein is an experienced trial and transactional attorney whose practice is devoted to Intellectual Property law. Mr. Stein is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law and is A/v rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available. He is recognized as one of the top Intellectual Property Attorneys in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He also has been recognized since 2008 by Florida Trend magazine as a member of the Florida Legal Elite Guide and also as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers.
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