Allison Kernisky is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Kernisky focuses her nationwide practice primarily on securities litigation, with an emphasis on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement matters. She routinely defends business entities (including public and private companies, corporate directors and officers, broker-dealer firms, registered investment advisers and their associated registered persons, mutual funds and hedge funds) in SEC and FINRA matters, securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative actions, merger and acquisition (M&A) disputes, and FINRA investigations and arbitration claims.
Ms. Kernisky also handles consumer fraud and other complex business litigation. Ms. Kernisky has experience in federal and state court litigation, internal investigations and compliance, and regulatory investigations, including investigations arising under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) and other consumer statutes.
In addition, Ms. Kernisky has successfully represented plaintiffs and claimants in business-to-business disputes, and breaches of representations and warranties and other M&A-related claims. She has extensive experience in e-discovery as well.
Ms. Kernisky has also handled a number of pro bono representations, including successfully appealing Social Security disability claims and assisting several nonprofit clients to acquire or reacquire tax exempt status as 501(c) organizations with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She has initiated two pro bono projects within the firm to assist Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. (LSGMI) with its Social Security disability appeals and its fair housing clients.
During law school, Ms. Kernisky served as articles and comments editor for the University of Miami Law Review.
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