Our Profile  

Holland & Knight serves clients globally with more than 1,200 lawyers based in U.S. and international offices. Clients recognize the firm's ability to consistently provide excellent value in a variety of areas that range from complex commercial litigation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions to regulatory matters, real estate transactions and government investigations. Holland & Knight offers decades of experience in an array of industries, businesses and government organizations, which results in helping clients identify and capture opportunities while mitigating risk and liability.   

Organized around select industry groups designed to tap into our strengths across multiple practice areas, Holland & Knight provides industry-targeted representation and multidisciplinary solutions tailored to each client's specific needs. The firm welcomes the opportunity to serve a client's business, capably addressing its current business requirements and helping to achieve its objectives.  

A Team Approach That Covers All the Bases  

Holland & Knight’s industry-focused client teams have significant experience in key sectors, including:     

•    Construction      
•    Energy and Clean Technology       
•    Financial Services and Insurance       
•    Government Entities      
•    Healthcare and Life Sciences       
•    Real Estate and Hospitality    
•    Retail and Consumer Products       
•    Technology, Telecommunications and Media    
•    Transportation  

With a one-firm team approach, attorneys collaborate with colleagues across the firm's offices and practice areas to efficiently counsel clients. Multidisciplinary teams are designed to comprehensively address the full scope of clients' legal challenges and opportunities. The four main sections of the firm — business, litigation, government and real estate — work together seamlessly.    

Business
The lawyers in Holland & Knight's business section have extensive experience in the critical areas of business law coupled with in-depth industry knowledge. Whether a legal matter involves complex public company acquisitions or early-stage business considerations, Holland & Knight takes a proactive approach to identify key issues, anticipate risks and problems, develop sophisticated solutions and adhere to client objectives as our attorneys help guide the matter to a successful conclusion. Clients benefit from our lawyers’ ability to anticipate potential problems before they become major hurdles. As a result, the firm is well positioned to avoid loss of time or competitive advantage. The business section includes the largest private wealth services practice in the United States.  

Litigation
Holland & Knight's litigation section focuses on dispute resolution to avoid litigation where possible, but will skillfully fight for clients at trial when an amicable resolution is not attainable. The firm's litigation attorneys regularly handle complex commercial litigation, class actions, international litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters, product liability and mass disaster cases, white collar and enforcement defense cases, and labor and employment matters. Our deep experience includes handling matters in certain key industries, including construction, government contracts, healthcare and life sciences, aviation and maritime. Holland & Knight's ultimate goal is twofold: to create opportunities for clients to prevail in a dispute, and to provide value that results from having an efficient, integrated team for addressing any controversy.  

Government
The firm's government section provides a broad range of regulatory and government affairs services, from analyzing the impact of legislation, responding to and drafting legislation and amendments, and preparing testimony for public presentations to meeting with members of Congress, state legislators and other elected officials and decision-makers. Holland & Knight also represents clients before administrative agencies in addition to providing strategic and communications counseling. Members of the government section include lawyers and professionals who have served as elected or appointed government officials, as well as former congressional and state legislative staff. They help achieve a client's objectives by developing strategies to advocate on a client's behalf at every level of government, whether federal, state, local or tribal.  

Real Estate
As one of the largest real estate sections of any law firm in the United States, Holland & Knight lawyers regularly assists lenders, buyers, sellers, developers, investors, owners, managers and others with all types of commercial real estate. The ability to act locally, nationally and internationally ensures the right know-how to streamline even the most complex matter. The firm's real estate lawyers have valuable industry insight that enables them to handle matters comprehensively when it comes to the full scope of development, investment, leasing, financing, asset management, and purchase and sale activity. Whether real estate is a client's business, a part of an investment portfolio or an asset to be managed, Holland & Knight is ready to advise, guide and protect client interests.    

Outstanding Counsel With a Global Reach  

Recognizing a client's need for legal teams with a clear understanding of the complex issues facing its organization, Holland & Knight makes significant investments to stay abreast of respective industry trends and related business issues. Experienced partners with extensive industry-relevant knowledge oversee client engagements, enabling the firm to provide clients with a 360-degree perspective — not just legal advice in a business vacuum. With more than 20 offices around the globe and legal colleagues in over 40 countries, the firm is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal counsel and the utmost in client service across international borders. This level of legal guidance, combined with the firm's interdisciplinary structure and global network, assures high-quality resources when and where a client needs them. Holland & Knight's goal is to always exceed client expectations.

Main Location

31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-513-3200
27 offices in 4 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Lawrence E. Sellers Lawrence E. Sellers Holland & Knight, LLP
Practicing in: Water Law
Practicing in: Water Law
Karen D. Walker Karen D. Walker Holland & Knight, LLP
Practicing in: Government Relations Practice
Practicing in: Government Relations Practice

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Real Estate Law with 62 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in International Trade and Finance Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Land Use and Zoning Law with 13 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Corporate Compliance Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Florida with 144 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Real Estate Law with 13 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Corporate Compliance Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Corporate Governance Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Real Estate Law with 28 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in International Trade and Finance Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Tax Law with 15 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Transportation Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Financial Services Regulation Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Commercial Litigation with 39 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Banking and Finance Law with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Corporate Law with 21 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Media Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Illinois in Government Relations Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Education Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Oregon in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Jacksonville, Florida with 19 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tysons Corner, Virginia with 13 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Real Estate Law with 13 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Banking and Finance Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Orlando, Florida in Litigation - Environmental with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Corporate Governance Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Corporate Governance Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Corporate Compliance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Corporate Compliance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Litigation - Securities with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Tax Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in International Trade and Finance Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in International Trade and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Lakeland, Florida in Public Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Securities Regulation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tampa, Florida in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Jacksonville, Florida in Commercial Litigation with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Miami, Florida in Commercial Litigation with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Chicago, Illinois in Government Relations Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Education Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Portland, Oregon in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tysons Corner, Virginia in Corporate Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tysons Corner, Virginia in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tysons Corner, Virginia in Commercial Litigation with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tysons Corner, Virginia in Real Estate Law with 3 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Real Estate Law with 62 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in International Trade and Finance Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Land Use and Zoning Law with 13 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Corporate Compliance Law with 6 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "I have been working with Mr. Hooper on maritime and admiralty matters for some 30 years regarding my relationship with Sea-Land Service, Inc. and Horizon Lines. In my opinion, Mr. Hooper is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the United States in matters of chartering and liability claims in the ocean shipping industry. He is also always extremely responsive to requests for advice and assistance. Mr. Hooper is particularly adept at handling complex and unusual types of claims. "
    - Robert Zuckerman
    Horizon Lines, Inc.
    "As a pre-eminent admiralty attorney within the U.S. maritime bar, Mr. Hooper is a superb lawyer with whom it is always a pleasure to work as a client. He brings to every case he handles a wealth of experience and insight. He is extremely diligent in preparing a case and is particularly adept at handling complex cases involving multi-jurisdictional/international legal issues. I have always found him to be easy to work with because he shares information and is genuinely interested in communicating even difficult concepts in a way that makes them more easily understood."
    "Chester Hooper is a star of the admiralty bar, with tremendous experience and knowledge. He is a pleasure to work with."
    "Christopher Kupec is outstanding."
    "I have turned to David on countless issues over the past 25 years. Drawing from a high level of experience and knowledge, David takes a very practical approach to resolving issues and protecting his clients' interests. He understands the business side of the equation, as well as the law, and provides excellent counsel."
    - Peter Potrykus
    Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LP
    "David has represented Manulife in our Commercial Real Estate Leasing Transactions in Washington, D.C. for nearly ten years. In all of this time and over many transactions representing hundreds of thousands of square feet and millions of dollars, I have found him to be the consummate professional. His advice and guidance has always been on the mark. He is our go-to lawyer! Just the best!"
    - Robert Thompson
    Manulife Financial
    "David Kahn has been our attorney on transaction and company matters since the inception of ACP Mid-Atlantic, and I have personally worked with him on real estate transactions for over 16 years. While I have lost exact count, we have easily worked with him on well over 300 transactions including sales, dispositions, financing and leasing. In every instance, he has provided insightful advice and comments acting both as our best advocate and counselor when the occasion dictates. David brings a depth and breadth of experience from his 30-plus years in commercial real estate that helps keep deals and deal points in perspective and, when we need it, is one of the consummate closers in the business. His ability to discern all of the various possibilities on each business point provides us with the proper array of alternatives from which to make the most intelligent business decision at the most appropriate time in each transaction. Furthermore, all of this comes packaged with an ease of communication and with the best possible turn-around. His partners and associates who support him have provided us with an equal measure of attentiveness, but David, being one of the most popular attorneys in Washington, D.C., has always made us feel that we are first on his priority list, whether it is a two-hundred million dollar transaction or 2,000 square feet. I am sure that he does with all of his clients. He continues to earn our respect and our work time and again."
    - Douiglas Fleit
    America's Capital Partners
    "David is a closer. It's the skill, the essential ingredient every real estate owner, whether buying or selling, looks for in a lawyer. It's a skill honed through David's depth of experience, wide knowledge of and contact with investors in the market, and an ability to clearly make his point -- whether to his client or to the other side. Each time these prove to be invaluable assets in achieving a successful conclusion to each transaction. We have enjoyed being the beneficiaries and together look forward to many more closings."
    - Richard Saunders
    Core Plus Properties LLC
    "David has provided excellent outside counsel on legal matters concerning our real estate for many years. His approach to every legal issue is met with the same level of intensity and tenacity with utmost integrity and professionalism. I certainly appreciate and value his knowledgeable counsel and it is a pleasure to be associated with him and his department."
    "Dean Schaner has exceptional command of the law and is a very talented negotiator."
    "I have found Holland & Knight's NY labor and employment practice to be exceptional. They are immediately responsive and pragmatic but are also capable of providing analysis on very complex areas of the law. "
    - Keith Grossman
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
    "Michael Starr is an extremely thorough, conscientious and aggressive lawyer who gets great results. He is probably the smartest person I have ever worked with."
    "Michael Starr is a terrific employment lawyer who has made enormous contributions for me at two companies now. He is one of the best negotiators I know and has produced quantifiable results that have saved us millions."
    "Richard Brown is extremely professional, responsive, and knowledgeable about secured lending transactions and banking law in general. He is our "go-to guy" when we have a matter that must be done right and right now."
    "It's hard to recount the value Rod has provided our company. We never fail to seek his advice on countless matters. Where he stands out most strongly is his absolute, meticulous honesty. We never, ever have cause to question anything he says at anytime on those grounds. It is not something that we can always say, but we can always say that about Rod Woodson. "
    - Brett McMahon
    Miller & Long Co., Inc.
    "I have been working with Mr. Hooper on maritime and admiralty matters for some 30 years regarding my relationship with Sea-Land Service, Inc. and Horizon Lines. In my opinion, Mr. Hooper is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the United States in matters of chartering and liability claims in the ocean shipping industry. He is also always extremely responsive to requests for advice and assistance. Mr. Hooper is particularly adept at handling complex and unusual types of claims. "
    - Robert Zuckerman
    Horizon Lines, Inc.
    "As a pre-eminent admiralty attorney within the U.S. maritime bar, Mr. Hooper is a superb lawyer with whom it is always a pleasure to work as a client. He brings to every case he handles a wealth of experience and insight. He is extremely diligent in preparing a case and is particularly adept at handling complex cases involving multi-jurisdictional/international legal issues. I have always found him to be easy to work with because he shares information and is genuinely interested in communicating even difficult concepts in a way that makes them more easily understood."
    "Chester Hooper is a star of the admiralty bar, with tremendous experience and knowledge. He is a pleasure to work with."
    "Christopher Kupec is outstanding."

    Holland & Knight, LLP

    Main Location

    31 West 52nd Street
    New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-513-3200
    27 offices in 4 countries

    Management

    Chief Marketing Officer
    Chief Professional Development/ Recruiting Officer
    Client Service & Development Partner
    Director of Real Estate
    Diversity Partner
    General Counsel
    Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Business Section Leader
    617-573-5848
    Government Section Leader
    202-828-5007
    Litigation Section Leader
    305-789-7693
    Real Estate Section Leader
    212-513-3226

    Personnel

    Partners: 516
    Of Counsel: 11
    Associates: 342
    Other Lawyers: 49
    Paralegals: 118
    Non-Legal Employees: 984
    International Partners: 2
    International Associates: 6
    International Paralegals: 1
    International Non-Legal Employees: 4

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Admiralty and Maritime Law
    Advertising Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Arbitration
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications Law
    Construction Law
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: General Practice
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Derivatives and Futures Law
    Education Law
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
    Entertainment Law - Music
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    First Amendment Law
    Food and Beverage Law
    Gaming Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Information Technology Law
    Insurance Law
    International Arbitration - Commercial
    International Trade and Finance Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Leisure and Hospitality Law
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - ERISA
    Litigation - First Amendment
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
    Media Law
    Mediation
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Municipal Law
    Native American Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Patent Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    Public Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law
    Tax Law
    Trademark Law
    Transportation Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Venture Capital Law
    Water Law