Holland & Knight LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Extensive expertise advising across all aspects of real estate law, with noted excellence in handling sophisticated real estate financings for both borrower and lender-side clients. Also highly recommended for its handling of land use and zoning matters. Frequently acts for major financial institutions. Seven Florida offices give it an impressive geographical coverage of the state.

Strengths"They're best in town on the land use side," remarks one client, who further notes that the team is "responsive and professional."

Other clients appreciate that the firm has a "large stable of talented people."

Work highlights Represented Strategic Property Partners in the acquisition and aggregation of parcels for development and leasing in relation to the $3 billion Water Street project, a redevelopment of 53 acres in downtown Tampa.

Acted as counsel to Baptist Health South Florida in seeking government zoning and land use approval for freestanding urgent care centers, as well as a master plan modification at its central campus.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Debbie Orshefsky has a highly regarded practice focused on the Fort Lauderdale market. She is well versed in advising on land use aspects of commercial transactions, in addition to providing existing property owners with counsel on permitting and local government issues.

James Seay "is thorough with his review and analysis" according to clients, who go on to report that "he can provide quick solutions in tight spots." His Orlando-based practice offers a wealth of experience representing developers of mixed-use properties.

John Halula is regarded as "one of the best real estate lawyers in Miami" by clients, who note that "he is highly regarded, great in negotiations and does a wonderful job in representing us." His practice is focused on the representation of banking clients involved in the financing of acquisitions and developments.

Joseph Goldstein has recently acted in a number of high-value entitlement and zoning approval cases, demonstrating adept handling of matters in the healthcare and retail spaces. Clients describe him as a "brilliant land use lawyer" with "all the knowledge and relationships needed to navigate through processes."

Juan Mayol provides land use counsel to clients looking to develop residential and mixed-use properties, including university accommodation and multifamily projects. Clients praise his ability to "see the big picture" and his willingness to "jump in on the details."

The "phenomenal" Richard Eckhard is held in high esteem by other practitioners, who note his work on leasing and property development matters. He has shown particularly deep expertise in issues relating to office and mixed-use projects.

Ted Brown maintains his longstanding market presence, offering substantial knowledge and experience in environmental and land use disputes. His practice is centered on providing counsel to developers and other property owners seeking to expand existing assets.