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:

  • United States v. Post Properties (D.D.C.)
  • United States v. JPI Construction (N.D. Tex.)
  • United States et al. v. Sarasota County (M.D. Fla.)
  • Equal Rights Center v. Post Properties (D.D.C. and D.C. Cir.)
  • Equal Rights Center v. AvalonBay (D. Md.)
  • Equal Rights Center v. Gables Residential (D. Md.)

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:

  • secured a favorable settlement in a multiparty FINRA dispute
  • successfully resolved an ERISA claim relating to pension fund contributions
  • obtained a dismissal in a Title VII case for a sexual orientation and appearance discrimination claim (case summary was cited in Employment Law Daily Wrap Up, May 21, 2014)
  • secured summary judgment for cost of living adjustment for federal judges
  • obtained summary judgment against claims of fraud and breach of contract related to a complex real estate matter
  • obtained dismissal of a large computer corporation from an intellectual property case
  • obtained dismissal of a university from a breach of contract matter
  • obtained judgment after a trial for a satellite company in a breach of contract matter
  • obtained summary judgment for a telecommunications corporation in a breach of contract matter
  • obtained a substantial settlement for an Indian tribe in a breach of fiduciary case against the United States
  • successfully represented an Indian tribe in an appeal to the Federal Circuit
  • secured favorable settlements for a number of airlines
  • obtained summary judgment for a real estate developer seeking to void expired restrictive covenants

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.


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Delaware, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • National Multifamily Housing Council, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • The ESOP Association
  • DC Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2014-2016
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • The Barristers
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Appointee, April 2017
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2021
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Phi Beta Kappa


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