Tana Lin fights hard for her clients, building cases that are legally and factually compelling. Tana has over 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, one of the preeminent public defender offices 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 where she enforced federal discrimination laws across the country. At DOJ, and later at the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she 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 low income communities 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 for 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. In total, Tana played an essential role in recovering almost $90 million on behalf of affected Detroit nurses.
Tana’s pro bono work includes Doe et al. v. Donald Trump, President of the United States, et al., Case No. C17-0178JLR (W.D. Wash.), where she obtained a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s suspension of follow-to-join refugee admissions which was part of the latest installment of the Muslim travel ban.
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.
Bar and Court Admissions
1991, District of Columbia
Cornell University – A.B., with distinction, 1988, Government
New York University School of Law – J.D., 1991, Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar
Professional and Civic Involvement
ACLU of Washington: Board of Directors, 2016-present; President 2019; Executive Committee, 2017-present; Budget Committee, 2017-2018; Legal Committee, 2015-2018; Cooperating Attorney
American Association for Justice, Member
American Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association Gun Violence Advisory Committee, Member, 2016-2017
Asian Bar Association of Washington, Member, 2006-present; Board of Directors, 2010-2012
Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member, 2006-2008, 2010 (Chairperson)-2013, 2015-2018
King County Bar Association, Member
Lawyers Fostering Independence Program, Volunteer Attorney, 2008-present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAS), Founding Member
National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Washington State Association for Justice, Member
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
Honors & Awards
Named to Washington Super Lawyers list, 2012, 2014 – 2018.
U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1997
Articles & Presentations
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills: Seattle, Seattle, WA, Aug. 2018.
Faculty and Lecturer, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Advocacy Program, Seattle, WA, Oct. 2017.
Presenter, ACLU Law & Liberty Series, Litigating Against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Seattle, WA, May 2017.
Presenter, Women Antitrust Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Networking Event, How to Prepare for the Big Event: Trial (The Last 90 Days), Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 2010.
Faculty, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Trial Advocacy College, 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, Navigating the Crossroads of Change: Where Do We Go From Here?, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2003.
Presenter, National Legal Aid and Defender Annual Conference, Holistic Advocacy for Youth: Addressing the Basic Needs of Children Through Civil, Criminal and Community Collaborations, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2003.
Presenter, National Legal Aid and Defender Annual Conference, Civil and Criminal Strategies for Protecting Clients Accused of Food Stamp Fraud, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2003.
Lead Trainer, Committee on Regional Training, Negotiation Skills Training, Ann Arbor, MI, Oct. 2003.
Faculty and Lecturer, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Trial Advocacy Training for Legal Aid Attorneys, Los Angeles, CA, July 2003.
Trainer, Committee on Regional Training, Basic Lawyering Skills Training, Ann Arbor, MI, Dec. 2002.