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 One client says: "They do a great job of communicating the differences between the current deal and prior deals that we’ve done, which helps us quickly process the main issues."

One client describes the team as "super organized" and also appreciates the team's ability to "think on their feet and answer any question with ease."

The team is considered to have "a real breadth of knowledge" by one impressed source.

Work highlights Represented Verizon in the $1 billion sale of its Sunnyvale campus to Google.

Advised Procaccianti Companies on land use and development matters for a project in midtown Fort Lauderdale.

Notable practitioners

Debbie Orshefsky is considered to be "extremely knowledgeable" regarding land use matters by sources. She routinely advises both public and private clients on planning issues relating to retail, office and hospitality projects.

James Seay offers particular expertise in handling major sale and leasing matters for clients active in the transport  and residential sectors. His practice also extends to wider commercial real estate projects.

"Preeminent finance lawyer" John Halula has longstanding experience handling complex real estate financing matters for his lender clients, with experience in both local and international mandates. One interviewee underlines "his ability to clearly and succinctly communicate to borrowers' counsel."

Joseph Goldstein regularly handles planning approval, entitlement and zoning issues, with interviewees describing him as "a truly top-tier lawyer." His client base includes those active in the transport, manufacturing and residential sectors.

Juan Mayol 's well-respected practice includes zoning approvals, permitting issues and related environmental matters, with a focus on the residential and education sectors. Interviewees appreciate his ability to "navigate issues to reach a thoughtful compromise."

"Premier leasing lawyer" Richard Eckhard handles a range of large real estate projects for his clients, with particular expertise in office and mixed-use developments. One source says: "His strengths are his level of responsiveness and his keen business sense."

Ted Brown 's clients continue to benefit from his longstanding experience handling complex land use matters. He offers additional expertise in advising on the environmental impacts of development projects.