Whayne S. Quin - Holland & Knight, LLP

Whayne S. Quin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 202-663-7274

Whayne S. Quin practices in the area of municipal law with special focus on land use, zoning, urban planning, building and housing codes, historic preservation, environmental, transportation, urban and related real estate matters. His clients have included real estate developers, builders, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, chanceries, local, federal and international agencies and private property owners.

As an urban strategist, Mr. Quin has advised clients on the requirements and procedures necessary to accomplish residential, commercial and industrial development through the regulatory and political processes. He has extensive experience in a variety of real estate and municipal matters ranging from additions to single family dwellings to the largest commercial and mixed-use developments throughout the District of Columbia, including the Central Business District, the Georgetown waterfront, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenue corridors and the Southeast and Southwest Central Employment Area of the District.

Mr. Quin has been involved in more than 4,000 cases before local agencies and courts involving development matters. These have included planned unit developments, text and map amendments before the Zoning Commission and appeals, special exceptions and variances before the Board of Zoning Adjustment – with close working relationships with the Office of Planning and coordination with other local and federal agencies (see list of representative cases below). Additionally, Mr. Quin has had extensive experience in representing property owners and developers in more than 100 judicial proceedings in the local and federal courts.

In the field of historic preservation, Mr. Quin was involved for private industry in legislative proceedings leading to the enactment of the District of Columbia's Historic Preservation Laws, and has actively represented clients before the State Historic Preservation Review Board, Mayor's Agent, National Capital Planning Commission and Commission of Fine Arts in matters relating to nominations of property to the National Register of Historic Places and under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as cases under the National Environmental Policy Act. Virtually all matters have involved coordination with legislative and executive branches of the District of Columbia and many have involved approvals from federal agencies.

A partial list of Mr. Quin's representative matters include the following:

Large Mixed-Use Projects

Washington Harbour

Georgetown Park


Burnham Place (Air Rights)

Return-to-L'Enfant (Air Rights)

Gallery Place

Chevy Chase Pavilion

Waterfront Station

Art Place at Ft. Totten

Public Facilities and Hotels

Verizon (MCI) Center

Washington Convention Center

Washington Convention Center Hotel (Marriott)

Washington Sheraton Hotel Additions

JW Marriott

Willard Hotel Addition

Hotel Washington Addition

Westin Hotel (24th and M Streets, NW)

Special Use Office/Misc. Buildings

U.S. Department of Transportation HQ

United States Institute of Peace HQ

Warner Theater and Office Building

Newseum (Pennsylvania Avenue)

Children's National Medical Center

Washington Cathedral Parking and Bus Garages

NBC Additions and Broadcast Towers

Rock Creek (D.C.) and Great Falls (VA) Cell Towers

Large Residential Developments

McLean Gardens

4100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Westover Place (Massachusetts Avenue)

Spring Valley Single Family (49th and Massachusetts)

Townhouse Developments along MacArthur Boulevard

Westbrook Residential (West End)

Hillcrest Residential Development

Chase Point (5401 Western Avenue)

Commercial (Office/Retail)

PNC Place, 801 17th Street, NW

1701 K Street, NW

1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue

1401 F Street, NW (Garfinkel's Conversion)

Homer Building, 13th & G Streets, NW

4000 & 4100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

1615 L Street, NW

1250 24th Street, NW

International Organizations and Chanceries

International Monetary Fund HQ1 and HQ2

International Finance Corporation

The World Bank

Italian Chancery (Whitehaven)

Turkish Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)

Japanese Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)

Chinese Chancery (Connecticut Avenue)

Ivory Coast Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)

Schools and Universities

National Cathedral School

St. Alban's School

Beauvoir School

National Child Research School

Hellenic Center (Whitehaven)

Catholic University Master Plan

George Washington Master Plan

American University Master Plan

Miscellaneous Historic Preservation Projects

Army Navy Club Redevelopment

Metropolitan Club Addition

St. Matthews Adjacent Redevelopment

1775 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Façade

Carroll Square: 10th and F Streets, NW

800 4th Street, SW

Corcoran Gehry Addition (not built)

American Pharmacists Association

Third Church: 16th and I Streets, NW

Vanderbilt UniversityBA 1959University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1964
The National Building Museum, Board of TrusteesUrban Land Institute Bar Association of the District of Columbia Bearacuda Ltd., Subsidiary of Children's National Medical CenterSalzburg Global Seminar, Lloyd Cutler Center for the Rule of LawDC Preservation League Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society District of Columbia Building Industry Association Federal City CouncilSafe Kids Worldwide LimitedJubilee Enterprise of Greater Washington, Board of DirectorsFree the Children TrustGreater Washington Board of Trade

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • All State Courts in Montana

Office Location

800 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2010 Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law of the Washington DC Metro Area
Whayne S. Quin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law (Administrative, Development, Land Use, Litigation, Municipal, Real Estate, Zoning)
Real Estate Law (Environmental, Land Use, Real Property Law, Subdivision, Zoning)