Christina M. Kennedy


Christina M. Kennedy


Christina Kennedy is a partner 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.


Representative Experience

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.

Awards and Recognition

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.

Community Involvement

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.

Presentations and Publications

Christina is a frequent author and speaker, and currently serves as one of the editors of the firm’s Consumer Class Defense Counsel blog.  

17 August 2022 Consumer Class Defense Counsel

Please Remain Standing: 11th Circuit Rejects $35 Million GoDaddy Settlement Due to Absent Class Members Lack of Standing

In a unanimous decision late last month, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit vacated approval of a $35 million settlement between GoDaddy and a nationwide class of consumers who received automated GoDaddy marketing calls between 2014 through 2016.
11 August 2022 Consumer Class Defense Counsel

No Incentive Awards for Class Representatives — Eleventh Circuit Rejects Reconsideration En Banc of Its One-of-a-Kind Bar

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit declined, 7–4, to reconsider en banc a divided panel’s September 2020 decision barring incentive awards to class representatives for their work in class actions.
13 June 2022 Blogs

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules that Waiver of Arbitration Right Does Not Require a Showing of Prejudice

In a May 23, 2022 unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled a showing that the other side has been prejudiced by a delay is not required for a party that has proceeded with litigation to waive its contractual right to arbitrate.
19 April 2021 Blogs

Sixth Circuit Refuses to Enforce Unilateral Changes to Arbitration Provision

While the United States Supreme Court has made clear that class action waivers in arbitration clauses can be enforced, plaintiffs’ counsel continue to find creative ways to challenge these types of arbitration agreements.
01 February 2021 Press Releases

Foley Announces Election of 19 New Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP has elected 19 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective February 1, 2021.
20 October 2020 In the News

Kennedy, Davis Quoted in Law360 About Incentive Payments in Class Action Settlements

Partner Richard Davis and Senior Counsel Christina Kennedy were quoted in the Law360 article, “4 Tips To Get Workplace Class Action Settlements Approved,” which advised employment lawyers to consider retooling class action settlement agreements to make sure that incentive payments for lead plaintiffs don't blow up the whole deal in light of a recent Eleventh Circuit ruling.