Christina Kennedy is a senior counsel and litigation attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Orlando office. Christina’s practice focuses on representing clients throughout the United States in high-stakes business and complex commercial litigation, including the defense of class actions, primarily in the healthcare, financial services, retail, and manufacturing industries. Christina is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action, and Labor & Employment Practices, and the firm’s Healthcare Industry team.
Christina has extensive first-chair experience litigating disputes from inception through trial and appeals, with a particular emphasis on the defense of complex commercial class actions. Christina also has experience litigating healthcare disputes in all aspects of the healthcare industry, including the defense of securities class actions, the defense of consumer class actions involving various healthcare industry participants, the defense of payors and claims administrators against various lawsuits involving ERISA or other state law claims, the defense of commercial claims, and the defense of labor and employment claims.
Christina was selected as a winner of the Orlando Business Journal’s 2019 40 under 40 award. Christina was also selected for inclusion on the 2017 Florida Trend Legal Elite “Up and Comer” list for her work in commercial litigation.
In addition to her commitment to pro bono legal services, Christina is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida Inc. In this role, Christina leads the firm’s statewide relationship with the charity for pro bono legal services and volunteerism. Christina is also a member of Leadership Orlando – Class 98.
Christina received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, senior articles editor for the University of Miami Law Review, vice president of the Honor Council, and a member of the Center for Ethics and Public Service – Elder Law Project. In addition, she worked as a research assistant to a professor specializing in labor and employment law. During law school, she was a Kenny Nachwalter Scholar and a recipient of numerous merit scholarships, including the Deans' Merit and the Gail and Joseph Serota scholarships. She also participated in the litigation skills program where she was awarded "honors" in both pretrial and trial skills courses.
Christina received her bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in environmental and international studies, from the Wake Forest University (B.A., cum laude, 2005).
Christina is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.
Christina is a frequent author and speaker, and currently serves as one of the editors of the firm’s Consumer Class Defense Counsel blog.