Holland & Knight LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Holland & Knight LLP
787 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
United States

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP‘s nationwide group handles comprehensive land use, planning and zoning matters across major markets in the US, with particular emphasis on its extensive presence in Florida, handling the full-suite of land use and zoning issues on behalf of top-end real estate clients in the region. New York’s Joe Guay and Miami’s Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz head up the wider real estate team and are are important names to note, while the Miami-based land use and zoning team is headed up by experienced attorney Joseph Goldstein, who focuses his practice on planning, zoning, permitting and development agreements. Also working out of the Miami office, Juan Mayol acts on behalf of builders and developers through the entire life-cycle of development processes. Of the New York team, Kenneth Lowenstein is sought after for his affordable housing work and frequently provides counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York. In Washington DC, Norman Glasgow is adept on building code and historic preservation law matters whilst Christine Shiker is frequently engaged on large, mixed-use and multi-phased projects. On the west coast, San Francisco-based environmental law expert Jennifer Hernandez leads the land use practice, notable for her work under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Chelsea MacLean is also a key contact here, known for her pro-housing advocacy work alongside maintaining an impressive land use and entitlement practice.  

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz


‘Our organization works with the Holland and Knight Land Use Practice Group in Washington routinely, they are uniquely situated amongst their peers in the area for their expertise and engagement in the District’s myriad and growing regulatory environment. The people in the Land Use Practice Group have deep knowledge of land use matters related to zoning, transportation and building permitting, but they also work with us on topics related to environmental, energy and utilities. We value their broad understanding of all things related to Land Use and believe that being a part of a national practice gives them added insight into how we should consider building in the future.’

‘Our work with Holland & Knight has proven incredibly valuable due to their current working knowledge of the evolving legislative climate in California. They have helped us through numerous project entitlement related issues that appeared to be complete, but in fact had gaping holes and deficiencies that were missed at the local level.’

‘Dan Golub and David Preiss have been highly engaged, respectful of time and politics and deeply resourceful and savvy.’

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 1

Praised as ‘definitely a firm to consider for the most important matters‘, Holland & Knight LLP‘s principal areas of expertise range from aviation-related alternative financing and investment structures, to sophisticated capital markets transactions involving aviation assets. The team also advises on the leasing, financing, purchase and sale of aircraft, engines and parts worldwide, as well as joint ventures, insolvencies, mergers and asset sales. Practice leader Phillip L. Durham, who works across the firm’s Chicago and New York offices, is an expert in aviation finance transactions involving Latin America; Richard Furey is an asset and infrastructure finance specialist; and John F. Pritchard acts for airlines, lenders, government guarantors and lessors in aircraft financings and leasings. In San Francisco, Nathan Leavitt represents aircraft operating lessors and financial institutions that support the commercial aircraft and airline industry; Audrey Sung advises on asset-based financings involving commercial jet and turboprop aircraft; and Brian Daigle‘s track record includes assisting aircraft lessors, airlines and financiers with complex deals. Other key advisers are William Coleman in Portland, and associates Danielle Santucci, who is in San Francisco, and Laura Lewis. All attorneys mentioned are in New York, unless otherwise stated. Former partner William Piels and consulting counsel Fred Bass both recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Phillip L. Durham


The team is very entrenched in the aviation industry, with a deep, experienced bench covering aircraft and engine trading, leasing, finance, insurance, regulatory and bankruptcy restructuring.

Definitely a firm to consider for the most important matters.

Unique knowledge of the industry at a global level and great experience with Latin American transactions.

Outstanding and very sophisticated professional team with great response capabilities.

Truly outstanding, reliable and very sophisticated professionals.

Phillip L. Durham is great for his assistance with various aircraft trading assignments.

Key clients

BBAM Aircraft Management

AerCap Holdings

Avolon Aerospace Leasing

SMBC Aviation Capital


Merx Aviation

BOC Aviation

CDB Aviation

Orix Aviation

Nordic Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for nine leasing companies (as creditors’ counsel) in relation to a substantial part of SAS Airline’s leased aircraft fleet and its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Lead counsel to Vx Capital on its sale of thirty Boeing 737-400 Cargo Aircraft (on lease to eleven different cargo airlines).
  • Represented CIT Group in its sale of a loan portfolio (secured by nearly 60 aircraft) to KKR and the transfer of CIT’s agency role to UMB.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Covering all facets of the industry, the energy trial attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP represent a series of prominent clients in the oil and gas sector, including major national oil corporations, service providers, power project developers and private equity companies. The team handles a broad range of litigation cases, regularly acting on disputes surrounding exploration, class actions, lease agreements, title litigation and royalties. Members of the team also have experience as experts, mediators and arbitrators in international energy disputes. Dallas-based Gregory Binns focuses on complex litigation for major oil and gas companies, midstream companies and interest owners, and jointly leads the practice alongside Juan Alcalá and Tim Moran, who operate from the firm's Austin and New York respectively. Craig Haynes represents independents and gas plant owners in royalty litigation, class actions, pricing disputes and operational issues, while Greg Curry, whose practice covers royalty litigation, securities issues and surface use mandates, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Binns; Juan Alcalá; Tim Moran

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Petrobras America Inc./Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.

Three Rivers Operating Company/Three Rivers Acquisition LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Roxo Energy, LLC and Vortus Investments in trial regarding mineral interest fraud claims, in which the jury unanimously found for the defendants, and defendants were awarded a take nothing judgment

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Hot on the heels of its August 2021 merger with Thompson & Knight, Holland & Knight LLP has continued to expand its renewable and alternative energy offering, with notable hires including former Eversheds Sutherland energy practice co-heads Ram Sunkara in Houston and New York’s Madeleine Tan, who joined in November 2022 along with Kyle E. Wamstad in Atlanta, Houston’s Joshua Belcher, and Washington based Amish Shah. Being praised for his ‘excellent commercial acumen above and beyond expected legal advice’, Justin Boose co-leads the renewable energy team from the firm’s offices in Los Angeles and Portland, with a particular focus on transactions and project finance in solar, wind, and energy storage. Experienced energy, environmental, and natural resources lawyer Mark C. Kalpin in Boston and Washington leads the team with Boose, while George Humphrey in Houston co-chairs the firm’s energy transition group. The firm’s transactional expertise extends to strategic joint ventures, PPAs, EPC agreements, and the acquisition and disposal of renewables projects and asset portfolios, and the team also advises clients on regulatory matters, including in relation to the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022 on the renewables sector. Other names to note include Graham T Coates in New York and Saqib Hossain in Boston.  

Practice head(s):

Justin Boose; Mark C. Kalpin

Other key lawyers:


‘Justin Boose has excellent commercial acumen above and beyond expected legal advice. We value his counsel.’


Key clients

EnerSmart Storage

Exelon Generation Company

Generate Capital PBC

Natixis, New York Branch

Navisun LLC

Neste Oyj

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

New York Green Bank

OnPeak Power

Orsted Wind Power North America LLC

Vanguard Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised OnPeak Power on the sale of four U.S. solar projects, totaling 1.1 GW to a new joint venture formed between two Israeli companies.
  • Advising Vanguard Renewables in connection with acquisition, development, financing and operation of renewable gas production facilities located throughout the United States.
  • Advised EnerSmart Storage OpCo II, LLC in the first reported project financing of fully merchant battery storage projects in the United States.

Government > Government relations Tier 2

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP handles a steady flow of middle-market deals for a domestic and international clientele that includes a number of mid-size corporations, private equity firms and emerging companies active in an array of sectors, namely life sciences, consumer products, construction and energy. Robert Grammig, who has handled several publicly announced M&A in the US and involving Asia, Europe and Latin America, is based in Tampa. He coordinates the team with two other partners based in Florida: David Barkus, the key point of contact for private equity matters, and George Mencio, a name to note for international work, both of whom sit in the Miami office. Stephen Dietrich in Denver is regularly retained by retail and automotive clients in M&A, corporate governance and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Robert Grammig; David Barkus; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Dietrich; Paul Jaskot; Tammy Knight; Chauncey Lane


‘Tammy Knight — experienced, savvy, practical, down to earth, problem solver. She’s fantastic.’

‘The HK team is market leading in automotive law. They have the insights and answers that we expect from a top tier full service firm.’

‘Stephen Dietrich is one of the foremost automotive law practitioners in the nation. This is well known and since working with him, I can confirm that it is well deserved. Stephen leads the team that looks after our company, he provides safe advice, and is highly responsive to our needs.’

Key clients

Allegiant Partners Incorporated

Converge Technology Solutions Corp.


Cigna Corporation

Shell Oil Company

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

SEI Investments Company

Conduent Incorporated

Panoramic Health

Sila Realty Trust, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MarineMax, Inc. in its acquisition of Island Global Yachting LLC.
  • Acted for Shell Oil Company in the sale of its interest in Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica, S.A. De C.V.
  • Assisted The Scripps Research Institute in the sale of its Florida campus and Florida-related assets to the University of Florida.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Real estate Tier 2

June 2022 saw the addition of Los Angeles based firm law, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks practice to the Holland & Knight LLP group in Los Angeles, and the opening of its Century City location, to expand its West Coast presence and complement its existing three offices in California. Recognized for its land use and zoning expertise, as well as its strong retail and hospitality practice, the firm is led by New York based Joe Guay and Vivian De Las Cuevas-Diaz from Miami, who has developed a reputation as the go-to attorney for Latin American investors who want to make connections in the US real estate market. She also routinely acts for landlords and tenants in retail, commercial, hotel and warehouse leasing agreements. Boston's Margot Mendelson Hammond is also well-versed in net lease finance and commercial lending. Also recommended are Daniel Faust in Miami for complex joint venture transactions and mixed-use hospitality projects; and Stuart Saft in New York, who co-chairs the condominium development and conversion team, and is one of Manhattan’s experts on conversion-to-condominium and cooperative ownership, development, sale-leaseback and timeshare. In the same office, Noah Shapiro specializes on on all transactional and leasing work in respect of office, retail and ground leasing of Class A properties. In Washington DC key figures include Chris Camarra and Tara Scanlon.  

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz


‘Their client service is excellent at every level, and our relationship is one of true partnership. They are genuinely interested in understanding our business and eager to help us work smarter and faster. We never feel like just another billable hour. They help us see around corners and plan for future success. Holland Knight is my first call when I need a thought partner and they continue to impress.’

‘Holland Knight’s real estate team is comprised of business minded attorneys who align themselves with our goals. They are personable, very knowledgeable and committed. The associates that I have worked with seem very happy to be at Holland Knight.’

‘Vivian de las Cuevas Dias – an ace. I think of her as my guardian angel. ‘

‘Tremendous experience, set the standard for the industry in terms of knowledge and commercial-ness, always available.’

Key clients

Blackstone-managed real estate funds

Oko Group

Asia Capital Real Estate

Roadside Development

Fisher Island Holdings

Norwich Partners of Florida LLC

Elion Partners

The Witkoff Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Fisher Island Holdings in all phases of continuing development of Fisher Island, including more than $500 million of real estate closings at Palazzo del Sol and Palazzo della Luna.
  • Representing Oko Group, the developer in the development and sales of a mixed use luxury condominium with hotel, retail, restaurant, spa and residential components in the Crown Building on 57th and 5th valued at over $900 million.
  • Advising a newly-formed NY-based investment firm in connection with the its acquisitions, joint ventures and financings of 25 multi-family projects located throughout the United States.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Transport > Shipping: finance Tier 2

Well known for its representation of banks, investors and shipping companies in international shipping deals, Holland & Knight LLP‘s practice is increasingly mandated by governmental finance support entities and underwriters for significant capital markets and private equity transactions. The firm’s specialists also advise foreign and US lending institutions and borrowers on Jones Act-compliant domestic financings, and provide representation in US, Marshall Islands and Liberia-related tax issues. Other key areas span lender-side shipping group restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 insolvencies, as well as handling corporate acquisitions for strategic investors. Heading up the firm’s ship finance practice, Jovi Tenev has notable experience in advising banks and other financiers and companies on an array of shipping, offshore and finance work, and the workload of asset and infrastructure finance expert Richard Furey covers maritime sector mandates. In Washington DC, Gerald Morrissey III is a specialist in the financing of maritime-related companies. All practitioners mentioned work from the firm’s New York office, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Jovi Tenev

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

International Seaways

HPS Investment Partners

The Mosaic Company

DNB Bank

Citigroup Global Markets

Southern Cross Group

PNC Bank, National Association

Mizuho Bank

Centerline Logistics Company

Valley National Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented International Seaways in various marine integration activities, following its merger with Diamond S Shipping.
  • Served as a special maritime finance counsel to HPS Investment Partners, which was the lead arranger and lender on a $395.6m senior-secured term loan and a $169.4m senior-secured delayed draw term loan (used to finance the acquisition of Seacor Holdings by American Industrial Partners).
  • Representing The Mosaic Company in ongoing vessel financing, lease financing, Jones Act structuring, vessel sale, and operational contracting matters, in relation to a fleet of vessels carrying (primarily) proprietary cargos.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP’s energy and natural resources team represents its roster of clients across the entire oil and gas value chain, handling a mixture of sophisticated transactions and day-to-day operational issues. Key areas of expertise include energy transition, in addition to joint ventures, acquisitions, lease interpretations and market value and royalty deductions. Splitting his time between the firm’s Denver and Houston offices, Seth Belzley acts for clients on M&A, joint ventures, project developments and commercial transactions, and jointly leads the practice alongside Dallas-based Robert Dougherty, who is an expert in dispositions and joint ventures relating to oil and gas properties.

Practice head(s):

Seth Belzley; Robert Dougherty

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Derman; Jeremiah Mayfield

Key clients

Grey Rock Investment Partners

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

Natural Gas Partners

Neste Oyj

Oil India Limited

Petrobras America Inc.

Riley Exploration Permian, Inc.

Sunbridge Energy Services

Surge Energy

Tailwater Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Grey Rock Investment Partners, a Dallas-based investment firm, in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Executive Network Partnering Corporation (NYSE: ENPC), a special purpose acquisition entity backed by former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Represented Spicewood Mineral Partners, a Dallas-based mineral and energy investment firm, in the final closing of Spicewood Mineral Partners, L.P. with US$250 million of total capital commitments
  • Represented Oil India (USA) Inc. (a subsidiary of state-owned Oil India Ltd.) in the divestment of its U.S. assets in the Niobrara Shale.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP represents clients in tax disputes at IRS administrative, federal, and state levels, with additional experience in appeals. The firm’s already substantial offering grew further in 2021 with a merger with Texas firm Thompson & Knight, which expanded the bench of tax attorneys by more than 30%. Among the new additions was Dallas-based co-head Mary McNulty, who has expertise in the oil and gas industry, and regularly represents major clients from this sector in federal tax disputes. McNulty co-leads alongside William Sharp, who works from the Atlanta, Tampa, and San Francisco offices, and advises companies, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. In Dallas are Abbey Garber, a key name for partnership audits and IRS appeals, and Lee Meyercord, who has experience in property tax disputes and partnership tax issues. Andrea Darling de Cortés, in Tampa, handles international tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mary McNulty; Bill Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Abbey Garber; James Dawson; Amish Shah; Lee Meyercord; Andrea Darling De Cortés


‘They are undoubtedly a first-rate and leading team in the US.’

‘Bill Sharp – an incredible work ethic and leads from the front in showing the younger generation how it’s done. Bill is technically strong and also a wonderful strategist. He has seen it all before and is like a fine wine – he just gets better the more experienced he becomes!’

‘Andrea Darling De Cortés – an absolute pleasure to work with. Technically superb and is able to cut through the law and explain matters clearly and take a commercial approach – a first-rate advisor for any US tax contentious matters – clients are already a step ahead by having Andrea on their side!’

Key clients

ExxonMobil Corporation

American Airlines Inc.

Mitsubishi Power Americas Inc.

Partnership for Conservation

Work highlights

  • Representing ExxonMobil in a $1.5 billion case that is one of the most significant tax appeals currently pending in the United States.
  • Representing American Airlines Inc. in a case challenging the failure of the Illinois Department of Revenue to exclude from the Illinois Retailer’s Occupation Tax sales of aviation fuel that were purchased for the purpose of temporarily storing the fuel in Illinois prior to its transportation and consumption thereafter solely outside of Illinois.
  • Representing Mitsubishi Power Americas in a case that examined whether a research tax credit could be claimed where a sales contract allocated the consideration to stock but the parties had elected to treat the transaction as an asset sale under Internal Revenue Code Section 338(h)(10).

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Following the recent merger with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Holland & Knight LLP’s healthcare and life sciences team advises a diverse client base of renal dialysis companies, investor-owned health systems, and non-profit hospital chains on government and internal investigations, reimbursement matters, and Medicare Advantage related issues. Maria Currier, who leads the team from Miami, advises long-term care providers, physician-hospital organizations, and home health companies on HIPAA matters, physician incentive arrangements, and FCA compliance. Brian Platton works out of the New York office, advising a number of managed care organizations and venture capital funds on strategic alliances and partnerships. Based in Tallahassee, Shannon Hartsfield focuses on data privacy and cybersecurity within healthcare, often advising assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities on informed consent and patient engagement matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Currier

Other key lawyers:

Brian Platton; John Kern; Mia McKown; Shannon Hartsfield

Key clients

Advanced Urology Institute

Advanced Diagnostics Hospitals and Clinics LLC


AdventHealth Medical Group

Banyan Medical Systems

MCCI Medical Group

RWJ Barnabas Health

Northwell Health

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Palm Medical Centers

Women’s Healthcare Florida

OB/GYN North Florida

Mount Sinai Health System

Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System

New York Presbyterian Health Systems


Global Nephrology Solutions

NYU Fertility Clinic

Palomar Health

Premier Oral Surgery and Implantology Centers

River Oaks Hospital and Clinic

Work highlights

  • Advised Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company, on state and federal regulatory issues in connection with Lionheart’s IPO, through the acquisition of MSP Recovery LLC.
  • Represented Premier Care Associates in its sale of 70 percent of the company’s ownership to Genuine Health Group, following a capital infusion of $160 million.
  • Represented Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in a $1bn License Agreement for MyelomaTherapy.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Led by New York-based Mark MelodiaHolland & Knight LLP’s data strategy, security and privacy practice group continues to strengthen with the August 2022 arrival from Reed Smith LLP  Bart Huffman and Wendell Bartnick, both in the Houston office. Melodia advises clients on responding to investigations initiated by the DOJ, OCR, FTC and AGs, and is also a seasoned defense attorney, dealing with class actions and multidistrict litigations arising from ransomware, wiretapping and data use allegations. Paul Bond identifies and manages data risks involving AI, emerging technologies and is another key contact for data-related class action defenses. New York-stationed Mark Francis focuses on data and IP agreements, including transfers, licenses and SaaS matters. Global data governance matters are led by Atlanta-stationed Elizabeth Hinson, while Rachel Marmor, in Boston, advises clients on evolving federal, state and self-regulatory privacy requirements, with a particular specialism on COPPA, CCPA, VCDPA and BIPA regulations.

Practice head(s):

Mark Melodia


‘Elizabeth Hinson’s experience and legal knowledge is top notch.’

‘Elizabeth Hinson does everything right. She is responsive, creative and diligent.’

Key clients

Leidos Holdings, Inc.

News Corporation

The Paradies Shops, LLC

20/20 Eye Care Network, Inc.

Women’s Care Florida

Viceroy Hotel Management, LLC


Kids2, Inc.


Toyota Insurance Management Services and Connected Analytic Services

Work highlights

  • Defending several broadcasters against VPPA class actions in NY, IL and MA.
  • Defended half a dozen clients (in the financial services, retail, entertainment and health care fields) against class actions alleging violations of the Florida wiretap statute arising from the use of “session replay” software on their websites.
  • Advising a wide range of clients on the mitigation of risk associated with sharing consumer data internally across borders and externally with critical business partners.

Tax > International tax Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP handles all aspects of federal, state and foreign tax planning in addition to structuring, compliance, audits and litigation. Miami's Kevin Packman co-leads the team and handles trusts and estates matters for high-net worth private clients. Other co-heads William Sharp, based between Atlanta and San Francisco, and Florida-based William Sherman focus on tax controversy and restructuring matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Packman; William Sherman; William Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Odintz


‘Josh Odintz is extremely knowledgeable of relevant areas of tax impacting my company, and keeps on top of all potential types of legislative and/or regulatory activities. He can advise on proactive means of engagement to help mitigate problem areas, and also to minimize any surprises.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented ExxonMobil in appealing a $1.5 billion cross-border tax dispute.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Noted for its representation of multinational corporations in large transactions, Holland & Knight LLP also frequently advises high-net-worth individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs, foundations and other private clients in domestic and cross-border tax matters, working closely with the firm’s private wealth services group. Florida-based William Sherman‘s wide-ranging expertise spans a number of areas, including healthcare, real estate, transportation, and telecommunications. Sherman co-heads the practice with Dallas-based Todd Keator and Philadelphia-based John Martini. Also in Dallas is Mark Melton, who concentrates on investment fund formations, while Houston-based Roger Aksamit focuses on energy-related transactional tax matters. Washington DC-based Joshua Odintz is also recommended for his involvement in tax policy mandates.

Practice head(s):

William Sherman; Todd Keator; John Martini

Other key lawyers:


‘Practical, business-oriented, experienced, and easy to reach.’

‘They are involved in every step of the transaction, paying attention to minor details, resulting in comprehensive and complete advice.’

The team shows a great combination of modern tools, but with an exceptional good personal touch.’

Outstanding reputation for dealing with complex trust and estate matters from a US tax perspective.

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA

Global Business Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA on tax policy matters.
  • Represented Global Business Alliance before the US Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service regarding changes to various tax regulations that are key to GBA members.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP is praised as ‘extremely responsive, efficient, knowledgeable, available, with a very deep bench in real estate finance’. The team stands out for its strong offering in healthcare finance, affordable housing structures, tax-exempt structures, public finance and credits and in real estate capital market transactions. From New York, William O’Connor co-leads the real estate capital markets group, alongside Mark Weibel in Dallas, both specializing on the servicing of CMBS and related aspects of loan workouts. Miami-based Gavin Williams serves as the head of public and charitable services real estate offering. Joe Guay in New York and Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz in Miami co-chair the national real estate department.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:

William O’Connor; Mark Weibel; Gavin Williams; John Halula


‘Very high level of client service. Good at coming up with creative solutions to difficult problems. Highly respected in our industry.’

‘Mark Weibel is always available and never hesitates in bringing in whatever firm resources are needed in a given situation. Mark is creative, thoughtful, thorough and has worked through several difficult situations with my company.’

‘Holland and Knight is a large firm with geographic diversity and subject matter experts on most issues facing Real Estate law.’

‘Gavin Williams is an excellent communicator and is often able to craft language that satisfies our team as well as our clients. He is very accessible and responsive and does whatever it takes to get the job done in a timely fashion. He also has excellent support with a dedicated group of associate and experienced lawyers to assist with workload in peak demand periods. All associates at this firm go above and beyond to exceed expectations.’

‘Domain expertise is exceptional, the best I have worked with. Response time and communication is excellent. Exceptional client facing firm, streamlined and concise in delivery of counsel and during negotiations.’

‘The individuals I work with are results driven and can execute within tight timelines without sacrificing the work product. They leverage internal resources / staff transactions appropropriately and I am consistently impressed with junior staff, even the first year associates which bodes to the firms recruiting process.’

‘Holland & Knight is extremely responsive, efficient, knowledgeable, available, and the firm has a very deep bench in real estate finance and healthcare (among other sectors). The entire team has demonstrated their dedication, resourcefulness, creativity, business mindedness, and overall “can do” attitude to our team for many years. They continue to be a highly trusted advisor and extremely valuable resource for our team.’

‘Excellent Healthcare Real Estate Banking team with a deep bench of expertise in a niche sector.’

Key clients



Elion Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented  HSBC Bank USA as the administrative agent and lead lender in connection with a $560 million revolving working capital loan, a $117 term loan and a $150 million incremental loan to Florida based toy company.
  • Represented Citibank in connection with a term loan to finance the acquisition of 37 CVS stores located throughout the United States.
  • Represented one of Elion Partners’ affiliates, EV 2281, LLC, in its application for a loan refinance from UBS in the amount of $21 million.

International Trade > CFIUS

To support its expanding client list, Holland & Knight LLP has significantly invested in its CFIUS and industrial security team of late. Most notably, Robert Friedman—a former official with the US Department of state—recently joined from Harris, Wiltshire and Grannis LLP.

Healthcare > Health insurers

Holland & Knight LLP continues to strengthen its healthcare insurance practice, adding several new clients to its roster in 2022. Practice co-head Jeffrey Mittleman, based in Boston, specializes in fraud and abuse cases with a focus on anti-kickback statutes, while transactional expert Jennifer Rangel advises clients from her base in Austin.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

Holland & Knight LLP‘s outsourcing and tech transactions team, led by Atlanta-based James Paine and supported by Sarah Parker, frequently works on outsourcing agreements in the hospitality sector, namely undertaking digital transformation and digital payment processing projects. The team also advises clients in the financial services, tech, health-tech and transport sector.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has a huge Latin America practice, spread primarily across its Miami, New York, Mexico City and Bogota offices. This has provided the firm with an impressive number of project and infrastructure bond engagements over the years, including private bond placements, while its sizeable presence in Mexico City has also enabled it to penetrate the Mexican FIBRA market – a good source of equity offerings over the last decade. The firm has also managed to carve-out a reputation in ESG and sustainability-linked offerings, and is noted for debt restructurings and liability management exercises. Furthermore, it has a fine record in sovereign and sub-sovereign offerings, especially in Argentina. New York partner Stephen Double is an experienced Latin America specialist with deep expertise in bond debt and bond offerings, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Miami and New York-based partner Norberto Quintana is another Latin America-focused practitioner, who has an extensive record in project and infrastructure bonds. Additionally, the practice is building its presence in venture capital fundraisings after the arrival of Miami partner Alexandra Aguirre from Morrison Foerster in June 2022. New York associate Julia de la Parra is also rated, particularly for energy and infrastructure transactions; she is currently on secondment at Deutsche Bank NY.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo; Raul Cosio


Holland & Knight’s capital markets team has gained a lot of presence in Argentina in recent years. It is one of the most active teams. They have a lot of experience in sub-sovereign issues, but it is common to see them increasingly involved in corporate issues. They are an excellent team, with lawyers who not only work very well, but also have a lot of empathy with the client.

Steven Double is an excellent lawyer. He is capable of making complex problems simple, and of understanding very well the idiosyncrasies of Argentine clients. He has a lot of experience in Argentina, and it is always a pleasure to team up with him. Julia de la Parra also stands out.

Key clients


Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Deutsche Bank

BCP Securities

Grupo CCR

JP Morgan

MRV Engenharia

Province of Jujuy, Argentina

TMF Group

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Advised the dealer managers on the successful exchange offer for the 9.75% senior notes (due 2022) of Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte (Edenor), the largest electricity distribution company in Argentina; undertaken in accordance with social bond guidelines.
  • Represented JP Morgan Securities (as placement agent) in a private placement of bonds by Desarrollo Eléctrico Suria, the operator of the Suria and Palenque electricity transmission lines in Colombia.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Holland & Knight LLP has a longstanding presence in Latin America banking and finance matters. With a number of finance specialists that have a major focus on the Latin America market, it has attracted a wealth of financial institution clients and routinely lands significant engagements. Much of the Latin America finance team sits in New York and Miami. In New York, Stephen Double is a vastly experienced Latin America expert with a fine record in syndicated lending, acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance and trade finance. Phillip Durham splits his time between New York and Chicago and is a leader in equipment and aviation finance (indeed the firm has a burgeoning record in the latter segment); he led the team that acted for aircraft leasing companies in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines. New York and Miami-based Norberto Quintana has close connections to a number of major lenders and is a prominent figure in energy and infrastructure finance, including Colombian toll road projects.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo

Key clients

Banco Bilboa Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Mizuho Bank

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Grupo CrediQ

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acted for various aircraft leasing companies in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines
  • Advised private equity fund Deuda Infraestructura II Sura-Credicorp Capital as the liquidity lender on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll-road project financing led by Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur and its Spanish sponsor Sacyr Concesiones.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Holland & Knight LLP has continued to expand its Latin America capabilities, bringing in a 17-lawyer team from Sánchez Devanny in Mexico during the course of 2023, which has considerably strengthened its position vis-a-vis Mexico’s industrial north. This has positioned it well as regards participating in the development of manufacturing and other facilities -and concomitant infrastructure growth- associated with the near-shoring phenomena. The firm is also increasingly active in healthcare infrastructure expansion around Latin America, including in Ecuador. It remains at the forefront of energy, mining and infrastructure project financings with New York and Miami partner Norberto Quintana , who is an established name in energy and transport infrastructure financings, particularly toll roads and transmission lines in Colombia. Quintana led the team that advised FCP Deuda Infraestructura II Sura-Credicorp Capital as the liquidity lender on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll road project financing in Colombia led by Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur and its Spanish sponsor Sacyr Concesiones. New York/Miami partner Lara Rios is another experienced figure in Latin America energy and infrastructure transactions; while New York’s Peter Baumgaertner can draw on some 30 years' experience across capital markets matters, project financings and restructurings.

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices. Among the nation’s largest law firms, we provide representation in litigation, business, real estate, governmental and healthcare 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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