Shani Rivaux has a diversified practice that extends to a wide range of sectors, including representing a tobacco company in defending 50+ cases in Florida.

Shani handles high stakes mass tort litigation and complex commercial disputes, representing clients in arbitration and federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. In Shani's appellate practice, she has co-authored numerous briefs addressing complex legal issues.

Shani also has comprehensive experience in defending product liability lawsuits. She has handled approximately 55 lawsuits in this sector in differing stages of litigation, ranging from pre-trial, trial and post-trial phases.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a tobacco company in defending 50+ cases in Florida, in various stages of litigation including handling and developing strategies for pre-trial investigations, fact and expert depositions, dispositive motions, pre-trial motions and trial.
  • Represented a major manufacturer in defending against multiple matters arising from property damage in product liability litigation and arbitration.
  • Represented developer and owner of spinal surgery company in trial involving business theft and trade secrets, which was affirmed twice on appeal and resulted in a judgment of over $370 million. Bailey, et. al. v. Laser Spine Institute, LLC, et. al.
  • Represented a family in successful Ninth Circuit appeal which sought the return of Nazi-looted art from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Spain.

Professional Highlights

  • Since 2014, included in South Florida’s Super Lawyers.
  • Awarded the top 40 under 40 attorneys in South Florida.
  • Professional Excellence Awards, On The Rise Honoree, The Daily Business Review (2017)

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Member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.


  • National Association of Women’s Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2007
    cum laude

    B.A., Rutgers University, 2002
    with honors


  • Florida


  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


  • French