Talenfeld Law, Florida’s only law firm dedicated exclusively to protecting abused, disabled and injured children, has opened an office in Daytona Beach. Attorney Lisa M. Elliott will lead the office, and becomes the firm’s fifth lawyer. Ms. Elliott will now devote her practice to protecting these very special children throughout Central and Northern Florida.
“We are thrilled that Lisa has joined our firm and will allow us to handle more cases and better serve children throughout Florida,” said Howard Talenfeld, the firm’s managing partner. “Lisa’s skills, reputation and advocacy for vulnerable children and her connection to Central Florida’s communities make her an invaluable addition to our firm.”
Mr. Talenfeld first met Ms. Elliott while working together with her on civil rights and damages cases with the late Gainesville lawyer and well-known child advocate Gloria Fletcher. While at her prominent Gainesville law firm, Ms. Elliott represented children who had been injured or abused in the Florida child welfare system, and advocated for clients in personal injury claims and other civil matters. She opened her own practice in 2015.
Ms. Elliott gained early court system experience as a judicial intern under the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. She also handled children’s rights issues while working as a law clerk for Children’s Legal Services at the Department of Children and Families in Lake City, Fla.
“These experiences ultimately led me to pursue a career fighting for children’s voices to be heard and never forgotten,” said Ms. Elliott. “I find this work very rewarding and truly enjoy advocating for people who can’t advocate for themselves. I’m looking forward to working with the team at Talenfeld Law.”.
Active in the legal community, Ms. Elliott is a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Public Interest Law section of the Florida Bar, and the Volusia County Bar Association. She also enjoys serving her community through providing pro bono legal services, having participated in the volunteer attorney program at Three Rivers Legal Services, a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income, eligible clients in seventeen counties throughout North Florida.
Ms. Elliott earned dual degrees in finance and psychology, graduating in 2007 with honors in both disciplines, from the University of Florida. She went on to receive her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2010. She is admitted to practice law in Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.