Lynn E. Calkins is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Calkins serves as the deputy section leader of the firmwide Litigation Section and on the firm's Directors Committee. She is also the practice group leader for Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., Litigation Group.
Ms. Calkins is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate, concentrating in civil enforcement actions, regulatory litigation (including Administrative Procedures Act (APA) matters) and complex commercial litigation. She is experienced in representing clients in civil disputes involving the federal government and plaintiff advocacy groups, and is a member of the firm's Risk and Crisis Management Team.
Ms. Calkins represents public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs), developers, hotels, website operators, restaurants and local governments in the defense of claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples of her FHA and ADA matters include:
In addition, Ms. Calkins represents businesses and developers who face a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract cases, zoning appeals, restrictive covenant issues, breach of trust cases and tax reimbursement claims against the United States.
Ms. Calkins also defends companies on a number of regulatory based financial disputes. For example, she defends companies with respect to fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues in investigations by the United States Department of Labor related to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other employee benefit plans arising under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA). Ms. Calkins also defends insurance companies and brokerage firms against claims brought before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Ms. Calkins has successfully prosecuted and defended actions in local and federal courts across the country, with extensive experience on matters pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, where she clerked for the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow in 1995. Ms. Calkins now serves as a member of the court's Bench-Bar Liaison Committee.
In addition to the matters listed above, examples of Ms. Calkins' litigation successes include the following representative matters:
In 2004, Ms. Calkins was selected for Holland & Knight's Rising Stars program – a dynamic and intensive program in leadership, marketing and management. In 2005, she co-chaired that program. In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Calkins served as the marketing partner for the firm's three offices in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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