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Holland & Knight LLP

Real Estate

9 ranked lawyersBand 1FloridaUSA 2022 View ranking table
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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 leasing and 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.


"Holland & Knight is extremely well versed, highly competent, and they are able to address any and all questions throughout our engagements."

"Holland & Knight is the top leasing firm in Florida."

"From answering telephone calls and responding to e-mails in a timely fashion, to providing work product quickly, they make me feel like a very important client."

"Their team has the ability to handle and advise on complex matters in a timely and efficient fashion."

"Holland & Knight's team has knowledge ranging from land use and zoning to environmental issues in various local municipalities and counties. Their knowledge of the process and the local and state laws is unparalleled. Their relationships with the government officials make it easy to navigate the processes."

Work highlights

Holland & Knight advised Strategic Property Partners on the $3 billion Water Street redevelopment project in Tampa. The firm counseled on the acquisition and aggregation of parcels for the development and leasing and the implementation of plans to create infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Debbie Orshefsky routinely advises both public and private clients on planning issues relating to retail, mixed-use and hospitality projects.
"Debbie Orshefsky is extremely sophisticated. She leverages knowledge and personal relationships to deliver results." "Debbie is well respected in her market and very experienced."

John Halula has longstanding experience handling complex real estate financing matters for his lender clients, with experience in both local and international mandates.
"John Halula is the go-to lawyer for all the major commercial real estate lenders in Florida." "John is on a lot of financial matters for lenders and is one of the best in that regard."

Joseph Goldstein regularly handles planning approval, entitlement and zoning issues. His client base includes those active in the transport, manufacturing, hospitality and residential sectors.
"Joseph Goldstein is a true adviser. He provides legal, business and common-sense advice to get the best outcomes for clients. Moreover, he adapts his advice to the needs and personalities of his clients.""He is a go-to expert in his field. Joseph Goldstein is a consummate professional with extensive knowledge."

Juan Mayol 's well-respected practice includes zoning approvals, permitting issues and related environmental matters, with a focus on the residential and industrial sectors.
"Juan has his finger on the pulse of the development and the land use trends in South Florida. His relationships with local government are beyond strong."

Melissa Turra leads the firm's Southeast real estate practice group. She represents major projects for developers, lenders and owners in the residential sector, with a well-regarded condominium specialty.
"Melissa Turra is strong lawyer in the condominium practice." "She is responsive and knowledgeable on all aspects of our business and organization." "Melissa is a very good lawyer with a distinct specialty in condominium formation."

Richard Eckhard handles a range of large real estate projects for his clients, with particular expertise in office and mixed-use developments, alongside recognized strengths in leasing work.
"Richard Eckhard is the top leasing attorney in Tampa."

Sara Bernard has a strong practice representing major clients in large projects, including complex mixed-use multi-asset developments.

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.
"He's a knowledgeable and well-respected land use lawyer."

Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz 's practice includes matters in South Florida, and she regularly works with national and international clients. She is active on development projects including retail, residential and industrial real estate assets, among others.
"Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz knows the business and knows the law. She is a deal maker and always protects our interest best." "She's an extremely smart transactional attorney. She understands the balance between business deals and legalities."

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Real Estate

Holland & Knight LLP


701 Brickell Avenue,

Suite 3300,




FL 33131

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Florida: North & Central

Real Estate

Melissa S Turra
Band 4
Richard D Eckhard
Band 1
Sara Bernard
Band 3

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Ted R Brown
Senior Statespeople
Florida: South

Real Estate

John F Halula
Band 1
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Band 4

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