David C. Whitestone

Partner
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David Whitestone is an attorney in the Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group and oversees the provision of legal and legislative counsel services to firm clients.

Mr. Whitestone's practice includes the representation of corporations, nonprofits and municipal entities before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Since entering private practice, he has successfully counseled organizations interested in partnering with federal agencies in the Department of Transportation (Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration), Department of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection), Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, the National Transportation Safety Board and others. Mr. Whitestone regularly advises clients on significant matters facing scrutiny by legislative and executive branch entities. Because sensitive matters often generate public relations and shareholder interest, Mr. Whitestone ensures that shared information is timely and coordinated.

Mr. Whitestone previously chaired the firm's Transportation Industry Team, which has been recognized by Chambers USA. This firmwide initiative coordinates the legal, regulatory and public policy efforts of the firm's many aviation, rail, trucking, transit, intermodal, maritime and asset-based finance clients.

Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Whitestone worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and was an associate staff member on the House Appropriations Committee. During his time on Capitol Hill, he assisted in the development and review of high-level federal agency budgets and served as a press secretary, working with media outlets in large, medium and small markets. By leveraging his knowledge of the congressional process, he has built a reputation as an effective advocate in the development and implementation of congressional and budgetary strategies, legislative drafting, appropriations and multiyear authorization matters.

Mr. Whitestone is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office and is an elected member of Holland & Knight's managing Directors Committee. He serves on the Washington Airports Task Force Board of Directors and has been recognized as a top Washington, D.C., lawyer by the Washington Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Whitestone has also been acknowledged as a Top Advocate in the area of municipal representation by The Hill.

Honors & Awards

  • The Legal 500 USA, Government - Government Relations, 2016
  • Top Washington Lawyer, Washington Business Journal
  • Top Advocate, The Hill, Municipal Representation
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Government: Government Relations, 2011-2014