Tana Lin

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail: tlin1@seattleu.edu


JD, New York University School of Law, Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, 1991
AB with Distinction in Government, Cornell University, Cornell National Scholar, 1988


Complex Litigation
Class and Collective Actions


Tana Lin has nearly 30 years of litigation experience in civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. She was formerly a partner with, and is currently Of Counsel at, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., where she is a member of the firm's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group.

Ms. Lin joined Keller Rohrback in 2004 after practicing as a criminal defense and civil rights 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. Ms. Lin 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, Ms. Lin 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 where she developed statewide projects to address issues facing low income communities, crafted creative solutions by developing partnerships with interested stakeholders, and provided advocacy skills trainings to legal services attorneys.

Ms. Lin is currently the president of the board of the ACLU of Washington. Her pro bono work includes Doe et al. v. Trump, 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.