David S. Kahn

David S. Kahn

Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2006

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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David S. Kahn is the leader of the 45-lawyer Real Estate Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices of Holland & Knight. Mr. Kahn has practiced for more than 30 years in the areas of commercial real estate development and finance, and commercial leasing. During that time he has participated in the structuring, documentation and closing of complex real estate transactions involving the development, leasing and/or financing of more than 25 million square feet of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses and mixed-use projects.

Mr. Kahn represents many of the largest and most active developers and owners of commercial real estate in the Washington, D.C., area, including Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois, John Hancock, Lincoln Property Company, AEW, Goldman Sachs, West*Group, Jamestown, BlackRock Realty Advisors, MRP Realty, Fidelity Investments, KBS Realty Advisors, Jones Lang LaSalle, BPG Properties, RREEF, Hart Advisers, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, Invesco Realty Advisors, Donohoe Real Estate Services, American Realty Advisors, Brickman Associates, Americas Capital Partners and Kennedy Associates.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight in 1994, Mr. Kahn was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dunnells, Duvall & Porter, where he had practiced since 1988. Before that time, he was a partner in the law firm of Glassie, Pewett, Dudley, Beebe & Shanks, where he had been since 1977. Mr. Kahn served as a law clerk to The Honorable John F. Doyle of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1976-77.

Mr. Kahn has been named as a "best lawyer" in numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500.


  • 800 Seventeenth Street N.W., Suite 1100
    Washington, DC 20006


  • Cornell University, AB

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia, Virginia State Bar


  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate Finance and Leasing, 2010
  • Best Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, Real Estate and Zoning/Land Use, 2013
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2013
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2007-2013

"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."

"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), Bethesda, MD

"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), Herndon, VA

"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)

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