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Tana Lin


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384



Tana Lin uses her knowledge, skills, and passion to fight for justice for her clients. And she gets results. 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 the DOJ, and later at the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Tana 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. She 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. 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.

Read more about what drives Tana to be a voice for people who have been treated unfairly in the 2016 Washington Super Lawyers publication.

Community Conversations: Immigrant Life in Uncertain Times: Hear Tana respond to questions about Doe v Trump.

Bar and Court Admissions

1991, District of Columbia 

2000, Illinois 

2001, Michigan 

2004, Washington


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 2019-2020; 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, 2008-2019

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 – 2019

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.

Recent Posts

Keller Rohrback and ACLU-WA Announce Travel Ban Settlement

16 Keller Rohrback Attorneys Named to 2019 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Court Says Government Must Do More to Show It Is Reuniting Refugee Families

17 Lawyers from Keller Rohrback Named to 2018 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Joseph Doe Reunites With His Wife and Children

Federal Court Grants Injunction in Suit to Stop Trump Administration from Separating Refugees from Their Families

ACLU Asks for Injunction to Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban From Separating Refugees From Their Families

Keller Rohrback Files Amicus Brief with Washington Supreme Court on Behalf of ACLU-WA

Fifteen Keller Rohrback Lawyers Named 2017 Washington Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Court Grants Final Approval to 3.0-Liter Class Action Settlement & Bosch Class Action Settlement

ACLU of Washington and Keller Rohrback File Amended Suit Challenging Trump’s Still Unconstitutional Travel Ban

Preliminary Approval of VW/Audi/Porsche 3-liter and Bosch Settlements in Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Litigation

ACLU of Washington and Keller Rohrback File Suit Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban by Persons with Student and Work Visas

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

Settlement Agreement Filed for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter

Keller Rohrback Investigates Petco and PetSmart Wage Theft Allegations

Important Info for Owners of TDI 3.0-Liter VWs/Audis/Porsches

Court Grants Final Approval 2.0-Liter Settlement

Volkswagen Litigation Update – 8/25/2016

Volkswagen Litigation Update – Preliminary Approval of VW Settlement Granted

More Brands May Be Misleading Consumers with “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” Label

Volkswagen Litigation Case Update

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Walmart’s Great Value “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese”

VW Litigation Case Update

Keller Rohrback Investigates Falsely Labeled “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese”

Keller Rohrback Investigates Claims of Diesel Porsche Cayenne Consumers

JPML Sends VW Lawsuits to San Francisco

Keller Rohrback Files Suit on Behalf of Porsche, Audi, and VW Consumers

Keller Rohrback Warns Consumers About VW Goodwill Package

Keller Rohrback Expands Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against VW

KR Launches Investigation After EPA Adds Audi & Porsche to VW Clean Air Act Violation

Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's Alleged Violation of Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Investigated by EPA Over Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Violates Clean Air Act

Volkswagen Class Action Complaint Expands To Include Affected Porsche and Audi Vehicles

KR Asks Federal Judge to Prohibit VW and Audi From Making Misleading Statements to Drivers

Keller Rohrback Asks Judge To Stop Misleading Communications

Volkswagen News From Around The Web

Volkswagen Help Center - Useful Links

KR attorney Dan Mensher discusses environmental impact of VW Dieselgate

Meet the Keller Rohrback Volkswagen Team

Keller Rohrback Advocates for Volkswagen Diesel Consumers Nationwide in Class Action

Nationwide Class Action Complaint Filed Against VW

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