Kyrus Lamont Freeman

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Kyrus Lamont Freeman is a partner and LEED AP attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight. He is involved in numerous aspects of real estate development with a focus on land use, zoning and municipal law. Mr. Freeman advises property owners and residential, commercial, hotel and mixed-use developers in the regulatory review and approval processes. In addition, he represents clients before the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Zoning Commission and the D.C. Council to obtain approvals for special exceptions, variances, planned unit developments, zoning map amendments, alley closings and street dedications. He also has experience preparing zoning opinion letters, as well as drafting and negotiating land disposition agreements, easements, covenants, and lot consolidation agreements.

Mr. Freeman also has experience representing clients in litigation matters, including appeals of Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment orders, and appeals of building permits and certificates of occupancy. 

Mr. Freeman has lectured extensively on zoning, land use and sustainable development issues. He is an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He also frequently speaks at programs designed to foster diversity in the legal profession and to enhance the career development of students and young attorneys.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Freeman was a litigation associate with a large firm in Philadelphia, Pa., where his practice included litigation of complex real estate, intellectual property and breach of contract disputes.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2018
  • Urban Land Institute Hines Competition, Judge, 2015, 2016
  • 40 Under 40, Urban Land magazine (Urban Land Institute), 2014
  • D.C. Rising Star, The National Law Journal, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2014
  • Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, Forty Under 40, 2014
  • Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society
  • The Minority 40 Under 40, The National Law Journal, 2011


  • National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. Housing Management Corporation, former Board of Directors
  • AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, former Board of Directors
  • Leadership Greater Washington, Class of 2015
  • African American Real Estate Professionals, former Executive Board Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, former Chair, Land Use Committee
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Full Member; former Young Leader and Real Estate 101 Committee Co-Vice Chair
  • U.S. Green Building Council, National Capital Region Chapter, Member
  • Visitors’ Services Center, former Board Member
  • National Bar Association, former Chair of Real Estate Section