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 and landlords on land use, condemnation, development and property management disputes, corporate fights and matters involving distressed real estate and commercial leases.
Mr. Kiernan has substantial experience in commercial litigation, valuation disputes, commercial and international arbitration and government-contracts 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.
Mr. Kiernan has given presentations on eminent domain, trial preparation and tactics, law firm management and legal writing. His pro bono representations have included representing a stalking victim, securing parental rights for a single father and addressing a government fine imposed on an elder-care facility.
From 2008-2020, 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.
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).
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).
Institutional and Administrative Litigation
Decisions include: GenOn Ash Mgmt., LLC v. Prince George's County Council, 2020 WL 1623663 (Md. Ct. Spec. App., March 2, 2020); 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); Elder Care Services, Inc. v. Corporation for National & Community Svc., 2018 WL 4681002 (D.D.C., September 28, 2018).
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