David C. Whitestone

Government Section Leader
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David Whitestone is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight where he chairs the firm’s Government Section 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, various independent agencies and others.

Mr. Whitestone regularly advises clients on significant matters facing scrutiny including all types of Congressional investigations, coordinating with colleagues from multiple firm practices to advise on white collar, government contracts, shareholder interests and public relations matters. He counsels clients in responding effectively and efficiently to Congressional reviews while also protecting their legal rights and reputations. In many cases, Congressional investigations are closely related to U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Election Commission or Inspector General investigations.

Mr. Whitestone previously launched and chaired the firm's Transportation Industry Team, which has been recognized by Chambers USA and by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as the "Transportation Law Firm of the Year." 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 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 and is active in the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

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