Kendrea Tannis is an associate in the litigation group.

Practice & Background

Ms. Tannis’ practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation such as breach of contract and product liability matters. She also has experience representing a wide range of companies and clients in litigation involving SEC whistleblower claims, environmental regulatory compliance counseling, contribution actions arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and private citizen suits relating to toxic torts. Ms. Tannis also advises clients on internal and government-facing investigations involving international anticorruption, corporate governance and accounting issues.

Ms. Tannis is also actively involved in Akin Gump’s pro bono practice.

Ms. Tannis received her B.A. in English and African American Studies from Duke University in 2007, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow and recipient of the Duke University Frances & Benjamin Benenson Scholarship. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Duke University School of Law, where she served as senior research editor of the Duke Journal of Gender and Law Policy and received training as a certified mediator.

Representative Matters

Ms. Tannis’ experience includes:

  • representing a multinational retail corporation as national coordinating counsel on nationwide products liability actions
  • representing clients in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigations and arbitrations

Community Involvement

Ms. Tannis has also worked as an administrative dean at a small college where she launched the college’s first campus-wide work force readiness program and hosted the college’s first pre-law conference for students and community members. She remains active in pre-law pipeline programs aimed at increasing diversity within the profession.

Ms. Tannis is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association.  She also serves as a mentor for first year law students at UNT Dallas College of Law.