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Karen D. Walker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Holland & Knight, LLP

Karen D. Walker serves as executive partner of the Tallahassee office and practices in the firm’s Public Policy & Regulation Group.

Ms. Walker’s practice encompasses all aspects of Florida administrative law, and she has a broad range of experience in Florida state and local government procurement matters and public utility law. Ms. Walker also regularly counsels clients on Florida ethics and election law issues. She practices before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, the Florida Legislature, various state agencies, local governments, and trial and appellate courts.

Ms. Walker’s state procurement experience includes representation of clients in contracting issues with the Florida Department of Management Services, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Department of State, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate, state universities, community colleges, school boards, and various local governments. Ms. Walker assists clients in preparing responses to invitations to bid, requests for proposals and invitations to negotiate and in protesting specifications, where necessary. She also represents clients in bid protests and in negotiating contracts with Florida state agencies and local governments.

Ms. Walker regularly advises clients on Florida ethics and election law issues, including campaign finance, gift laws and lobbying laws. She also represents clients in proceedings before the Florida Elections Commission and the Florida Commission on Ethics.

In addition, Ms. Walker has experience representing clients before the Florida Public Service Commission in complex utility regulatory matters. Ms. Walker’s public utility law experience includes telecommunications, electric and gas and water and wastewater regulatory issues. She has represented utility clients in certification proceedings, rulemaking proceedings, enforcement proceedings and administrative litigation and appellate proceedings. Ms. Walker has also held numerous leadership positions at Holland & Knight.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • Florida Law Review, Senior Managing Editor
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2009-2011, 2013
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Order of the Coif
  • Who's Who In America
  • Women of Distinction Award, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc., 2012


315 South Calhoun Street, Suite 600
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-425-5612
Firm Phone: 850-224-7000

Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law (Elections, Energy, Government Contracts, Regulatory, Utilities)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Government Relations Practice


  • Florida State University (BS)
  • University of Florida (J.D.) (1993)

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Member
  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Leadership Florida — Alumni
  • Leadership Tallahassee — Alumni
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association — Member