Karen D. Walker is the executive partner of Holland & Knight's Tallahassee office. For more than 25 years, Ms. Walker's practice has focused on assisting clients that do business with, or are regulated by, state and local governmental entities.
Ms. Walker represents clients in all aspects of state and local government procurement, including analyzing potential contracting opportunities, assisting clients in responding to competitive solicitations, contract negotiations, bid protests, contract implementation and performance issues, contract disputes and compliance matters. She has extensive experience in bid protests before state and local governmental entities in Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Ms. Walker also represents clients in civil litigation and appellate matters relating to state and local government procurement and contracting issues. She has long been active in the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law State and Local Division and has twice chaired the Section's Annual State and Local Procurement Symposium.
Ms. Walker's practice representing clients in matters involving state and local governments often involves work relating to public records and open meetings laws. She has particular experience assisting clients seeking to prevent disclosure of their trade secrets in response to public records requests made to various state and local governmental entities throughout the country. Ms. Walker has litigated public records disputes in state trial courts, and has also represented clients in appeals relating to public records and open meetings laws.
In addition, Ms. Walker represents clients in various administrative law and regulatory matters, including rulemaking, rule challenges, licensing and disciplinary proceedings, before state and local regulatory agencies as well as in administrative litigation before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Her work includes providing advice and counsel regarding ethics and campaign finance laws, and representing clients in proceedings before the Florida Elections Commission and the Florida Commission on Ethics.
Ms. Walker's representative matters include:
Ms. Walker has held numerous leadership positions at Holland & Knight, including two terms on the firm's Directors Committee, and currently serves as the liaison for the executive partners of Holland & Knight's 28 offices to the firm's senior management. She is also active in her community, where she has long been involved with the United Way of the Big Bend, Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend and legal services organizations.
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