Paul J. Kiernan is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate who represents clients in corporate governance litigation, administrative agency litigation, real estate disputes and financial services actions. He represents businesses, developers, institutions, lenders, hotels, landlords and tenants on land-use, condemnation, development and property management disputes, corporate fights and matters involving distressed real estate.
Mr. Kiernan has substantial experience in commercial litigation, commercial and international arbitration and government contract litigation. He manages and resolves complex contract and business litigation.
Mr. Kiernan has handled all types of injunctions, emergency hearings and other requests for immediate judicial action in the face of business or other crises – including matters involving trade secrets, disloyal employees, corporate governance, destruction of property and threatened government interference.
From 2008-2019, Mr. Kiernan served as executive partner for Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office. He also previously served as practice group leader for the firm's Mid-Atlantic Litigation Group and on the advisory board for Holland & Knight's Women's Initiative.
Reported decisions include: W.C. & A.N. Miller Dev. Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 814 F.3d 171 (4th Cir. 2016); Kohn v. McGuire Woods, 541 Fed. Appx. 163, 2013 WL 4312272 (3d Cir. 2013); TermoRio S.A. ESP v. Electrificadora, 487 F.3d 928 (D.C.Cir. 2007); BLT Burger DC, LLC v. Norvin 1301 CT, LLC, 86 A.3d 1139 (D.C. 2014); Adkins Limited Partnership v. O Street Management LLC, 56 A.3d 1159 (D.C. 2012).
Real Estate Matters
Reported decisions include: Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Ass'n, Inc. v. District of Columbia Housing Auth., 311 F.Supp.2d 57 (D.D.C. 2018); Barry Farms Tenant and Allies Ass'n v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission,182 A.3d 1214 (D.C. 2018); Durant v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission, 139 A.3d 880 (D.C. 2016); Franco v. National Capital Revitalization Corporation, 930 A.2d 160 (D.C., 2007); Rumber v. District of Columbia, 487 F.3d 941 (D.C.Cir. 2007); Wolff v. Westwood Management, LLC, 558 F.3d 517 (D.C.Cir. 2009); Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission, 88 A.3d 697 (D.C. 2014).
Institutional and Administrative Litigation
Reported decisions include: Evans v. Fenty, 714 F.Supp. 116 126 (D.D.C. 2010); Alexandria City Council v. Mirant Potomac River, LLC, 643 S.E.2d 203 (Va. 2007).
Mr. Kiernan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel J. O'Hern of the New Jersey Supreme Court during the 1983-1984 term. He was previously associated with the firms of Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter and Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane. He has given presentations on eminent domain, trial preparation and tactics, law-firm management and legal writing. His pro bono representations have included work with a stalking victim and securing parental rights for a single father.
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