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Holland & Knight LLP
800 17TH STREET, N.W., SUITE 1100
United States

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

The construction practice at Holland & Knight LLP acts for builders and construction managers, government contractors, project owners and investors. From urban and institutional developments, to mixed-use projects, major industrial facilities and infrastructure projects, the firm's offices across the country have been involved in some of the most high-profile mandates in the market. Stephen Shapiro in Washington DC heads up the practice. Adam Paterno and Ben Subin are key contacts in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Ben Subin; Adam Paterno

Land use/zoning Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP has a strong on-the-ground presence in several major commercial centers in the US, including New York, San Francisco, Miami and Washington DC. In Miami, Joseph Goldstein specializes in advising developers and private property owners on entitlements, the protection of property rights, and processing complex development or other governmental approvals and permits. Alongside Goldstein, Juan Mayol has extensive experience in acting for charter school management companies and large-scale industrial developers, as well as major building companies in the Miami-Dade area. Kenneth Lowenstein is the name to note in New York; he advises on all site development matters for clients including Brookfield Property Partners and Google. In San Francisco, Chelsea MacLean led advice to California Coastal Properties on its Passage at San Mateo housing project, and also acted alongside Jennifer Hernandez in advising DeNova homes on various entitlement, environmental review, permitting and litigation matters. Christine Shiker in Washington DC and handles large, mixed-use and multi-phased projects throughout the downtown DC area, as well as in emerging neighborhoods in the surrounds. Steven ElrodPeter Friedman and Hart Passman left the Chicago office to found Elrod Friedman LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Goldstein; Chelsea MacLean; Norman Glasgow; Jennifer Hernandez; Christine Shiker

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase and Starwood Property Trust

Dezer Development LLC


DeNova Homes

South San Francisco (SSF) Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

Housing Partners

California Coastal Properties LLC

40 Main Street


Pompano Park JV Holdings LLC

The Graham Companies

Brookfield Property Partners

GID Development Company


L & M Development Partners

Property Group Partners

Vision McMillan Partners

Madison Marquette and Urban Atlantic

Kettler, Carr Properties, Grosvenor Americas and Carmel Partners

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP's 'attorneys are wise, sharp counselors with broad experience across a range of transactions'. Over the past five years, the practice has advised clients in over 70 countries on the acquisition, financing, leasing, and structuring of aircraft and helicopter transactions. In New York, names to note are Phillip Durham (practice group leader from January 2020), who focuses on aviation finance transactions in Latin America and other emerging markets; John Pritchard, a former chair of the Aviation Working Group (not-for-profit legal entity) legal advisory panel; Fred Bass, who advises on aircraft financings and leasing; and Richard Furey, who has significant aviation sector experience. In San Francisco, William Piels represents large aircraft operating lessors and international financial institutions; Audrey Sung is an asset-based finance specialist; and Nathan Leavitt is also an expert in transactions involving airlines operating in Latin America. Durham, Pritchard, Leavitt and Piels are 'highlighted for their approachability and availability, and high-level experience'. New York-based Laura Lewis is a key associate.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Durham

Other key lawyers:

John Pritchard; Fred Bass; Richard Furey; William Piels; Audrey Sung; Nathan Leavitt; Laura Lewis; Brian Daigle; William Coleman


The team works seamlessly with clients.’

I would like to highlight Nathan Leavitt, Phillip Durham, John Pritchard and William Piels for their approachability and availability, and high-level experience.

True industry experts, who are wise, sharp counselors with broad experience across a range of transactions.’

Key clients

GE Capital Aviation Services

BBAM Aircraft Management

Merx Aviation Capital

Jackson Square Aviation

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Aircastle Limited

Aviation Capital Group


Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Wings Capital Partners

Government relations Tier 2

The public policy and regulation practice at Holland & Knight LLP is made up of lawyers and lobbyists with policymaking connections to both political parties. The group stands out for its extensive experience in coalition building and management covering key industries, including energy, healthcare providers and pharmaceuticals. Practice co-leader Rich Gold is a name to note in this space; he heads the department out of Washington DC with Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith. Also of note, the service group recently established a national security, defense and intelligence team, and a local government relations group that work closely with the DC office to obtain federal funding for major US cities. Joel Roberson is also recommended; his areas of expertise include tech policy, food and drug law.

Practice head(s):

Rich Gold; Robert Highsmith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Roberson; Kathryn Lehman; Charles Naftalin

Key clients



University of Southern California

Teva Pharmaceuticals


Thomson Reuters


Corteva Agriscience


InterContinental Hotels Group

Real estate Tier 2

At Holland & Knight LLP, a key point of differentiation is the team’s focus on a range of specialized asset classes. It is exceptionally active in the retail and condominium sectors where it handles development, conversion, sale and purchase matters at a wealth of different sites; these include regional malls, strip mall centers, mixed-use and gas stations. Elsewhere, in the field of hospitality, its lawyers serve as counsel to some of the globe’s largest hotel operators, timeshare resorts and multi-site vacation clubs, providing an all-encompassing asset management service. Operating from New York, Joe Guay co-chairs the offering alongside Miami-based Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, a specialist in multi-family, residential, office and residential projects. Inbound investment from Latin America is particularly active for the firm, owing to its offices in Bogotá and Mexico City, as well as its deep bench of Spanish-speaking lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:

Loren Higgins; Richard Eckhard; Stuart Saft; Susan Booth


‘The Holland & Knight Real Estate practice has a subspecialty which concentrates on healthcare related real estate (seniors housing, medical office, skilled nursing). This group has significant experience within these subsectors which distinctly sets them apart from other firms and enables them to navigate complex healthcare transactions. Further, the team is able to proactively identify issues or concerns early in the transaction creating a smoother (and in many instances a more timely) close.’

‘The knowledge base and expertise of the partners translates into a succinct approach to structuring/documenting and provides the ability to provide direct responses to questions (as opposed to a nuanced response with caveats, disclaimers, or information that isnt relevant or probable).’

‘The collaboration between the partners and associates streamlines interactions with us.’

‘Loren Higgins’s expertise within the healthcare real estate sector and her commitment to client service is unparalleled. She performs under very tight timelines and provides practical legal advice with a very strong understanding of the business and credit risks of a transaction.’

‘The Holland & Knight Real Estate team is easy to work with, commercial, hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and very diligent.’

Key clients

Beringia Central LLC

King Street

Apollo Theater

Strategic Property Partners

Hines Interests LP

Lincoln Property Company

Miami Freedom Park, LLC

Fisher Island Holdings

Elion Partners

JD Carlisle

East Midtown Plaza

Verizon Communications

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 2

Traditionally representing US and foreign banks, investors and shipping companies, Holland & Knight LLP is increasingly acting for non-traditional sources of ship financing, including governmental finance support entities and underwriters, in capital markets and private equity transactions. The practice also has extensive experience in shipping group restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 insolvencies. Maritime finance head Jovi Tenev  represented International Seaways (one of the world’s largest crude oil and petroleum product tanker companies) in a $390m committed secured loan transaction; Richard Furey  is a name to note for matters involving alternative financing sources; and Washington DC-based Gerald Morrissey 's practice covers distressed debt and corporate workouts in the maritime industry. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Jovi Tenev

Other key lawyers:

Richard Furey; Gerald Morrissey

Key clients

International Seaways, Inc.

Citibank, N.A.

Olympic Shipping

Onassis Foundation

BTMU Capital Corp. (Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi)


Nordea Bank Finland

Fleet Management Ltd.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Banc of America Leasing & Capital LLC

CIT Bank N.A.

CIT Finance LLC

ERISA litigation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP recently benefited from the lateral hires of Atlanta-based practice head Todd Wozniak and Lindsey Camp in West Palm Beach, both from Greenberg Traurig LLP. ESOP litigation is a key strength for the group, alongside COBRA class actions and withdrawal liability litigation. The new recruits combine their knowledge with the health and welfare benefits expertise of Fort Lauderdale-based Sandra Heller and Dallas-based Eliot Burriss (the latter is another recent hire from McDermott Will & Emery LLP), who represent healthcare and managed care companies in ERISA defense litigation. The team also handles DOL enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Todd Wozniak

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Camp; Sandra Heller; Eliot Burriss

Key clients

Stiefel Laboratories

RVR Inc.

Choate Construction Company

Kruse Western

GreatBanc Trust Company

American Society of Appraisers

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has expanded its nationwide presence with the hire of some nine partners. The practice heads are based in Florida; Robert Grammig leads the corporate, M&A and securities practice, leveraging over 30 years’ experience in public company M&A, securities law and general corporate work. David Barkus heads the private equity group, and is highly recommended for aviation and aerospace work. George Mencio co-chairs the corporate group with Barkus and Grammig, and also leads the firm's international initiatives department. Clients ranging from start-ups to international corporates also benefit from the firm's proprietary Matterhorn Database of transaction documents, which saves clients time and costs.

Practice head(s):

David Barkus; Robert Grammig; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Adam August

Key clients

American Water Works Company, Inc.

Arlington Capital Partners

Audax Private Equity

Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC

Brynwood Partners

Carolina Beverage Group

Converge Technology Partners

Cubic Corporation

Enterprise Financial Corp

FedData Holdings, LLC

Harris Corporation

Hometown Food Company

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

Hubbell Corporation

Intertape Polymer Group, Inc.

Kforce, Inc. (NASDAQ: KFRC)

King Street Real Estate GP LLC

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)

Lithia Motors, Inc.

Macquarie Capital

Marine Max, Inc. (NYSE: HCO)

Neste Oyj

NSM Insurance Group

Pine Tree Equity Management

Raymond James Financial (NYSE:RJF)


Saint-Gobain Corporation

Teleflex Incorporated

Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL)

Trivest Partners, L.P.

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's 'well-connected' practice is regularly sought out by US and foreign airlines for major litigation arising out of high-profile airline crashes; it also handles disputes over aircraft leases, passenger claims and class actions, and has a robust regulatory practice. In New York, Christopher Kelly is the firm-wide section leader of the 490-lawyer litigation section, and Washington DC-based Anita Mosner, whose 'knowledge and experience have been valuable many times', is the aviation team deputy chair. Former practice co-head Randal Craft retired from the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kelly; Anita Mosner

Other key lawyers:

Gary Halbert; Judy Nemsick; Sarah Passeri; Steven Raffaele


H&K has a very well-connected team, with contacts throughout the aviation industry and regulators, which gives them useful insights and credibility within the sectors.

Anita Mosner is exceptionally well connected with the top tier of airlines, as well as the relevant people in government. Her knowledge and experience have been valuable many times.’

Key clients

Societe Air France

American Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty


Air Canada

SkyWest Airlines


Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

Etihad Airways


Northern Air Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's Jacksonville-based rail practice is valued by clients for its ability to provide the 'support of a big law firm with the prices of a much smaller firm'. It consistently represents Class I, II and III railroads across a spectrum of matters. William Byrne is experienced in road, rail, intermodal and ocean transportation; Lawrence Hamilton II is an experienced transportation and class action trial lawyer; and Los Angeles-based Linda Auerbach Allderdice defends motor carriers and related companies in lawsuits. Tampa's Jameson Rice was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

William Byrne; Lawrence Hamilton II

Other key lawyers:

Linda Auerbach Allderdice; Jameson Rice


They have the support of a big law firm with the prices of a much smaller firm.

Jameson Rice is a new partner, who has a nice demeanor, works well with our business team and knows his stuff.

Key clients

Coalition for Northeast Corridor

Quality Distribution, Inc. (and its affiliates and subsidiaries)

Lyft, Inc.

XPO Global Forwarding, Inc.

Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's New York-based team has been active in matters arising from high-profile incidents, including many relating to the Covid-19 impact on the shipping industry. The team is also sought out by offshore, shipping, and supply chain services providers for regulatory assistance. National maritime practice leader James Hohenstein has extensive commercial and maritime trial and appellate experience, including international bankruptcy actions. Other key figures include Christopher Nolan, the national co-chair of the firm’s transportation and infrastructure industry sector group; and Michael Frevola, who is recommended for maritime arbitrations and court proceedings and was singled out by one client as the 'go-to' New York lawyer for matters demanding creative solutions.

Practice head(s):

James Hohenstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Nolan; Michael Frevola; James Power; Michael Cavanaugh; Julia Haines; Vincent Foley; Marie Larsen; Robert Denig


Deep industry expertise and experience that provides value beyond mere legal input, and which comes to the fore on complex multi-jurisdictional matters requiring co-ordination.

Michael Frevola is my go to when I need a creative and solutions-focused NY lawyer. He has a good sense for predicting how the matter will progress, which is invaluable with determining strategy.

Michael Frevola is good at taking the emotion out of the situation and getting a client to focus on the issue and solution instead. I consider him exceptionally reliable and when I have a complex issue that I am charged with resolving, he is at the top of my list of NY lawyers to instruct.

Key clients

Castleton Commodities Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd.

Gard P&I Club

Garex War Risk Insurers

Höegh Autoliner A/S

Navig8 Inc.

Nordisk Legal Services

North America Export Grain Association

North Of England Protection & Indemnity Association


Steamship Mutual P&I Club

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice is engaged by private equity firms, management teams and public and private companies. Miami-based practice leader Robert Friedman routinely advises on ESOP transactions and ERISA fiduciary compliance issues. In the Philadelphia office, John Martini assists employers and executives with management compensation arrangements. In July 2020 Gregory Brown joined Polsinelli PC in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Robert Friedman

Other key lawyers:

John Martini; Ariadna Alvarez

Founded in 1968, Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices. Among the nation’s largest law firms, we provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Clients recognize the firm’s ability to consistently provide excellent value in a variety of areas 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. The firm is also well-positioned to guide domestic and global corporations in navigating US government policy changes. Our established relationships with key policymakers, regulatory and legislative experience, and advocacy strategies greatly benefits clients and provides an additional avenue to successfully resolve matters.

Service without boundaries: The firm is organized into four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. Through integrated practice groups and industry-based teams, we can provide efficient and responsive legal representation anywhere in the world. We serve based on needs, not merely location. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that clients have access to the lawyers with the most appropriate experience.

As a full service firm, Holland & Knight offers our clients an array of services to meet and exceed their business objectives, including:

Banking and financial services: Holland & Knight’s banking and finance practice is as diverse as the needs of the clients it serves. Clients in all segments of the finance and financial services industry count on the expertise and experience of our firm to assist them in their important transactions, controversies, regulatory, governmental affairs and other matters. These clients include global banks, large US domestic and regional banks, insurance companies, asset managers, private equity groups, trust companies, community banks, servicing companies, FinTech and emerging products and services.

Construction: Holland & Knight has extensive experience in all matters related to construction industry claims and litigation. It also counsels clients on construction operations, corporate compliance, structuring and negotiating industry agreements, public-private partnerships, project administration, risk management, government contracts and procurement law, and international construction.

Corporate, M&A and securities: Holland & Knight advises public and private companies in a broad range of domestic and international corporate transactions, financings and securities law matters.

Energy: Holland & Knight provides a full array of legal services to the energy sector in the US and abroad. The firm’s energy attorneys and professionals work in all areas of energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as the world’s newest, most innovative energy opportunities.

Healthcare and life sciences: The firm represents the full scope of healthcare-related businesses in all aspects of their regulatory issues and operations. Clients range from all providers along the care continuum, managed care companies and health plans to pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and medical device manufacturers.

Intellectual property: Holland & Knight’s IP attorneys have significant experience handling the issues surrounding complex patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. They are experienced in a wide array of technical disciplines, and many hold degrees in areas such as computer and software engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Labor, employment and benefits: Holland & Knight represents management in all areas of labor and employment law, including civil rights, discrimination and retaliation; class actions; labor relations; non-competition, trade secrets and defecting employees; OSHA, workplace safety and whistleblower claims; ERISA/employee benefits and executive compensation; and immigration, nationality and consular law.

Leisure and hospitality: Holland & Knight represents owners, operators, lenders, investors and brands in development, structuring, governance, acquisition, financing, restructuring, management and dispute resolution throughout the world, for projects ranging from hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects to timeshare, fractional, branded residential, golf and marina properties.

Litigation: Holland & Knight has one of the largest litigation practices in the country. Former federal prosecutors and regulatory officials form a key part of the group, which handles multi-million-dollar class actions, securities litigation, product liability, mass tort cases and white-collar criminal defense.

Public policy and regulation: Holland & Knight’s public policy and regulation practice group consists of more than 100 lawyers and other professionals engaged in federal, state and local government affairs, regulatory counseling and related disciplines.

Real estate and land use: Holland & Knight’s real estate practice is among the largest of any US law firm. Nearly all of the firm’s offices are staffed to provide clients with superior local, national and international service when handling the wide variety of issues related to real estate transactions, regulations and litigation.

Tax: Holland & Knight represents clients in all types of taxation matters – international, federal, state and local, employee benefits and executive compensation. The firm’s services are both preventive and remedial. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals protecting their personal and business assets.

Transportation: Holland & Knight lawyers serve public and private sector clients operating in the many facets of the transportation industry. The firm’s Transportation Team is a recognized international leader and has extensive experience in the areas of aviation, freight rail, infrastructure, maritime and shipping, mass transit and public transportation, and trucking and logistics.

Wealth management: Holland & Knight’s estate planning group focuses almost exclusively on the needs of high-net-worth estates. It is nationally recognized in fields as diverse as estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, sophisticated charitable giving, probate litigation, IRS litigation, life insurance planning, business succession planning, asset protection, international taxation, charitable organizations and private foundations.

A team approach that covers all the bases
Holland & Knight’s industry-focused client teams have significant experience in key sectors, including:

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Finance and financial services
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Real estate and hospitality
  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Transportation and infrastructure

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business section James McDermott
Business section Eric Wechselblatt
Litigation Section Christopher Kelly
Litigation Section Lynn Calkins
Government Section David Whitestone
Government Section Beth Viola
Real Estate Section Joe Guay
Real Estate Section Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Banking & Financial Services Matthew Fontane
Banking & Financial Services Jose Sirven
Construction Steve Shapiro
Construction Ben Subin
Corporate, M&A & Securities Bob Grammig
Corporate, M&A & Securities George Mencio
Energy Juan Alcala
Healthcare & Life Sciences Maria Currier
Healthcare & Life Sciences Jeffrey Mittleman
Intellectual Property Joshua Krumholz
Labor, Employment & Benefits Robert Vyverberg
Leisure & Hospitality Joe Guay
Leisure & Hospitality Jeffrey Blake Stern
Litigation Christopher Kelly
Litigation Lynn Calkins
Public Policy & Regulation Rich Gold
Public Policy & Regulation Robert Highsmith, Jr.
Real Estate & Land Use Joe Guay
Real Estate & Land Use Stuart Saft
Tax William Sherman
Tax James McDermott
Transportation Anita Mosner
Transportation Christopher Nolan
Wealth Management David Scott Sloan
Wealth Management Christopher Boyett
Energy, Mining & Natural Resources Juan Alcala
Finance & Financial Services James Chadwick
Healthcare & Life Sciences Jeffrey Mittleman
Healthcare & Life Sciences Maria Currier
Real Estate & Hospitality Christopher Camarra
Technology Jeffrey Seul
Transportation & Infrastructure Anita Mosner
Transportation & Infrastructure Christopher Nolan
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Number of partners : 735
Number of fee-earners : 592