Lynn E. Calkins

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Lynn E. Calkins

Lynn E. Calkins

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

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Lynn E. Calkins is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Calkins serves as the deputy section leader of the firmwide Litigation Section and on the firm's Directors Committee. She is also the practice group leader for Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., Litigation Group.

Ms. Calkins is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate, concentrating in civil enforcement actions, regulatory litigation (including Administrative Procedures Act (APA) matters) and complex commercial litigation. She is experienced in representing clients in civil disputes involving the federal government and plaintiff advocacy groups, and is a member of the firm's Risk and Crisis Management Team.

Ms. Calkins represents public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs), developers, hotels, website operators, restaurants and local governments in the defense of claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples of her FHA and ADA matters include:

* United States v. Post Properties (D.D.C.)
* United States v. JPI Construction (N.D. Tex.)
* United States et al. v. Sarasota County (M.D. Fla.)
* Equal Rights Center v. Post Properties (D.D.C. and D.C. Cir.)
* Equal Rights Center v. AvalonBay (D. Md.)
* Equal Rights Center v. Gables Residential (D. Md.)

In addition, Ms. Calkins represents businesses and developers who face a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract cases, zoning appeals, restrictive covenant issues, breach of trust cases and tax reimbursement claims against the United States.

Ms. Calkins also defends companies on a number of regulatory based financial disputes. For example, she defends companies with respect to fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues in investigations by the United States Department of Labor related to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other employee benefit plans arising under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA). Ms. Calkins also defends insurance companies and brokerage firms against claims brought before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Ms. Calkins has successfully prosecuted and defended actions in local and federal courts across the country, with extensive experience on matters pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, where she clerked for the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow in 1995. Ms. Calkins now serves as a member of the court's Bench-Bar Liaison Committee.

In addition to the matters listed above, examples of Ms. Calkins' litigation successes include the following representative matters:

* secured a favorable settlement in a multiparty FINRA dispute
* successfully resolved an ERISA claim relating to pension fund contributions
* obtained a dismissal in a Title VII case for a sexual orientation and appearance discrimination claim (case summary was cited in Employment Law Daily Wrap Up, May 21, 2014)
* secured summary judgment for cost of living adjustment for federal judges
* obtained summary judgment against claims of fraud and breach of contract related to a complex real estate matter
* obtained dismissal of a large computer corporation from an intellectual property case
* obtained dismissal of a university from a breach of contract matter
* obtained judgment after a trial for a satellite company in a breach of contract matter
* obtained summary judgment for a telecommunications corporation in a breach of contract matter
* obtained a substantial settlement for an Indian tribe in a breach of fiduciary case against the United States
* successfully represented an Indian tribe in an appeal to the Federal Circuit
* secured favorable settlements for a number of airlines
* obtained summary judgment for a real estate developer seeking to void expired restrictive covenants

In 2004, Ms. Calkins was selected for Holland & Knight's Rising Stars program – a dynamic and intensive program in leadership, marketing and management. In 2005, she co-chaired that program. In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Calkins served as the marketing partner for the firm's three offices in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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J.D., magna cum laude

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is the law school of American University. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, and a member of the AALS.

B.A. in Philosophy & Political Science, magna cum laude

The University of Delaware (UD) is a state-assisted, privately governed institution that was founded in 1743. It offers 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s programs, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. UD's student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad. We offer 61 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 50 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 85 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship. Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 11 percent of graduate students are international. The university’s mission is carried out by 798 full-time faculty and 1,525 full-time staff. Ninety-four percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Among our 565 adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders

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Member

NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT's members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.

Career History
Partner
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

Clerk
2005

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Maryland. Appeals from the District of Maryland are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.

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Member, Leadership 35 Committee
Prior

National Womens Law Center is a private company headquartered in Washington, DC, that operates law centre that advocates for women's rights through litigation and policy initiatives.

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$166
2018

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$498
2018

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$166
2017

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

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