Ilene L. Pabian is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Appellate and Litigation practice groups and is based in the Miami office. Her practice focuses primarily on state and federal appeals and trial support. Ms. Pabian has significant experience in multiple substantive areas, including contractual disputes, commercial litigation, professional negligence, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, consumer protection, trusts and estates, taxation, intellectual property, employment law, family law, administrative law, and sovereign immunity. She also provides strategic advice on matters involving legal ethics.

Ms. Pabian has litigated appeals in all of Florida's District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit. She also assists trial lawyers with appeals and matters before Florida Circuit Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and multiple other state and federal appellate courts, including intellectual property litigation in the Federal Circuit. She is currently serving on the Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee.

Ms. Pabian regularly works closely with trial lawyers from the outset of a case, utilizing her appellate knowledge to identify and analyze important legal issues arising during the litigation and ensure that the trial record is developed in a manner that maximizes our clients' chances of prevailing in the event of an appeal. She is also often brought into complex cases at the trial level to draft dispositive motions and memoranda of law, and assist in the development of litigation strategy.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Pabian served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Martha C. Warner at the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida. At the University of Miami School of Law, where Ms. Pabian earned her J.D., she was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and was nominated to the Order of the Coif. While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, Ms. Pabian was the recipient of the Fall 1991 Outstanding Four-Year Scholar Award.



  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., Finance, with high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Court Rules Committee
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Most Effective Lawyer, International Litigation, Daily Business Review, 2018