- Complex Litigation
- Consumer Protection
- Employment Litigation - Plaintiffs
- Employment, Retirement, and Benefits
|University ||Cornell University, A.B., Government, with distinction, 1988|
|Law School||New York University School of Law, J.D., 1991 Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar|
|Admitted||1991, District of Columbia; 1999, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 2000, Illinois; 2000, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois; 2001, Michigan; 2004, Washington; 2005, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; 2008, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2011, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
Professional & Civic Involvement
American Bar Association, Member
Asian Bar Association of Washington, Member, 2006-present; Board of Directors, 2010-2012
King County Bar Association, Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Legal Committee, 2015
Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member, 2006-2008, 2011-2013, 2015; Chairperson, 2010
Michigan Poverty Law Program, Former Litigation Coordinator, 2001-2004
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAS), Founding Member
|Languages||Spanish (proficient); Mandarin (conversational)|
|Born||Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 1966|
Tana Lin fights hard for her clients, building cases that are legally and factually compelling. Tana has almost 25 years of litigation experience in civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. She is a member of the firm's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group.
Tana joined Keller Rohrback in 2004 after practicing as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She began her legal career as a trial attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the preeminent public defender office in the country, where she handled cases at the trial level and argued appellate cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Tana then joined the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and, subsequently, the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she enforced federal discrimination laws across the country. She has investigated and prosecuted employment discrimination cases against large governmental entities such as the Louisiana State Police and private corporations such as Wal-Mart. She also served as the Litigation coordinator for the Michigan Poverty Law Program, developing statewide projects to address issues facing the underprivileged and crafting creative solutions by developing partnerships with interested stakeholders.
At Keller Rohrback, Tana has achieved significant settlements for her clients. She has won landmark victories shareholders of mutual funds in suits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by investment advisors in violation of the Investment Company Act. She has protected the retirement funds of employees whose employers had breached their fiduciary duties in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Tana has also stood up for workers who had been denied their proper wages and overtime payments. Tana was recently part of the trial team representing 20,000 Detroit nurses alleging an antitrust conspiracy by healthcare providers to depress compensation levels. This extraordinary case settled on the eve of trial. The case had already resulted in nurses receiving over $48 million to date, but now an additional $42 million settlement has been preliminarily approved by the court.
Tana's wide ranging experience helps her quickly grasp what issues will dictate a case's outcome, and she works tirelessly to see that her clients obtain the best result available.
Honors & Awards
Selected to Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers - Washington, 2012, 2014, 2015
U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1997
Articles & Presentations
Presenter, Women Antitrust Plaintiffs' Attorneys Networking Event, Minneapolis, MN, How to Prepare for the Big Event: Trial (The Last 90 Days), Oct. 2010.
Faculty, Trial Advocacy College, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Philadelphia, PA, July 2005.
Tana Lin, Recovering Attorney's Fees under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, West's Education Law Reporter, 180 Ed.LawRep. 1 (2003).
Civil Track Plenary Panelist, National Legal Aid and Defender Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Navigating the Crossroads of Change: Where Do We Go from Here?, Nov. 2003.
Presenter, National Legal Aid and Defender Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Holistic Advocacy for Youth: Addressing the Basic Needs of Children Through Civil, Criminal and Community Collaborations, Nov. 2003.
Presenter, National Legal Aid and Defender Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Civil and Criminal Strategies for Protecting Clients Accused of Food Stamp Fraud, Nov. 2003.
Lead Trainer, Negotiation Skills Training, Committee on Regional Training, Ann Arbor, MI, Oct. 2003.
Faculty and Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Training for Legal Aid Attorneys, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Los Angeles, CA, July 2003.
Trainer, Basic Lawyering Skills Training, Committee on Regional Training, Ann Arbor, MI, Dec. 2002.
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