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