Tamar Lusztig
Associate
New York Office Phone: (212) 729-2007 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • Columbia Law School (J.D.)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A.)
Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis L. Stanton, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Tamar Lusztig
Associate

Tamar Lusztig represents plaintiffs and defendants at trial and on appeal in federal and state courts across the country. She maintains a diverse practice, advising individuals and corporate clients in a variety of areas including intellectual property, contract disputes, employment disputes, products liability, and other high-stakes, complex cases.

Lusztig has amassed an impressive docket of high-profile cases, often facing off – and prevailing – against opposing lawyers with twice her experience. Lusztig’s clients and colleagues look to her for her strategic acumen, judgment, and composure under pressure to help secure victory in bet-the-company cases.

Recent Wins

  • A victory for a research hospital in a patent licensing dispute with a major international pharmaceutical company. Lusztig cross examined each fact witness her adversary presented at arbitration, obtaining testimony the Tribunal relied on heavily in its decision finding in favor of her client.
  • A successful patent infringement case against AT&T over pioneering Internet technology invented by Lusztig’s client. Lusztig briefed, argued, and won multiple motions, including a critical claim construction motion in which the Court adopted all of her client’s positions. This case settled on favorable, confidential terms.
  • A 2020 pro bono win for New York University Law Review against FASORP, a Texas-based organization that alleged the university discriminates against white men. Lusztig was the primary drafter and won NYU’s motion to dismiss all claims against it. You can read the Court’s order here and more about the decision here, here,* and here*. (*subscription required).

A Robust Docket

Lusztig is currently facing off against cosmetics behemoth L’Oréal over its infringement of Lusztig’s clients’ patented cosmetics technology. Lusztig has successfully briefed and argued numerous crucial motions in this matter, including securing a denial of L’Oréal’s motion to dismiss her clients’ complaint, and winning her argument on a case-dispositive claim construction issue. This case is set for trial in early 2021. Read more about the case in CBS’s coverage here.

Lusztig also currently represents Personalized Media Communications, LLC, owner of one of the world’s most valuable patent portfolios (according to an Ocean Tomo study) in a series of cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas against streaming media providers Google, Netflix, and Akamai. In those cases, Lusztig has authored and argued numerous winning briefs, earning the Court’s decision in her client’s favor on each claim construction issue she argued. The case against Akamai settled on favorable, confidential terms in late 2019. The cases against Google and Netflix are set for trial in the fall of 2020.

Lusztig takes seriously her commitment to seeking justice for her clients, no matter what their economic status. In addition to her recent pro bono win for New York University, she recently represented pro bono a former prisoner in a Section 1983 case arising out of an illegal strip search. In this case, key admissions Lusztig obtained in defendants’ depositions led to a sizable settlement for her client just before trial.

Lusztig is admitted to practice in New York, and has appeared and argued in a number of federal and state courts, including in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Honors and Distinctions

James Kent Scholar

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Tax Law

Publications

Deducting the Cost of Sex Reassignment Surgery: How O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner Can Help Us Make Sense of the Medical Expense Deduction, 3 Colum. J. Tax L. 86 (2012)

Professional Associations and Memberships

State of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas