Zaharah R. Markoe focuses primarily on high-profile, cutting-edge commercial litigation, arbitrations, appellate litigation, and government enforcement defense. She has over two decades of experience in criminal and civil litigation, and in both state and federal courts.
Zaharah is driven by overcoming complex case challenges and her ability to learn facts and new industries quickly allows her to come up with creative solutions for her clients. She is currently representing Dr. Craig Wright in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit that alleges he is the inventor of the crypto currency Bitcoin—and the blockchain itself— and that he has stolen bitcoin and intellectual property from an alleged partner. She also represents a well-known educational testing service in various arbitrations throughout the country.
Prior to joining Rivero Mestre, Zaharah was counsel at a prominent Miami bankruptcy boutique and before that was counsel at Kobre & Kim, where she focused on government enforcement defense, class-action defense, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation often involving financial institutions. Before entering private practice, Zaharah served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, where she was assigned to the Appeals Bureau, handling all post-conviction relief matters in state appellate courts and the United States District Court. Zaharah also speaks conversational Hebrew.
Associations & Activities
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, The Woman Advocate Committee, Membership, Co-Chair (2020 – Present)
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, The Woman Advocate Committee, White Collar Subcommittee Chair (2020 – Present)
Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter, Member
National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
Recognitions and Honors
Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, USA Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2020
Columbia College, Columbia University, B.A., Dean’s List, Columbia College Silver Crown Award
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., Notes and Comments Editor, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Recipient of H. Bert & Ruth Mack Scholarship
Florida Bar, 2001
New York Bar
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Judicial Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States