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 frequently 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, lot consolidation, and transferable development rights agreements and construction management agreements.

As a LEED AP, Mr. Freeman assists clients with legal and policy issues related to sustainable development, including advising on "green" building requirements and compliance methods. Mr. Freeman is also a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group to the D.C. Construction Codes Coordinating Board, which reviews, recommends and votes on changes to the D.C. Construction Codes.

Mr. Freeman also has experience representing telecommunications companies in obtaining approvals for the siting and use of broadcast towers and antennas. He also has experience representing clients in litigation matters, including appeals of zoning commission orders, an appeal of the historic designation of a property, contest of condemnation proceedings, appeals of civil infraction and participation as amicus curiae in an inverse condemnation case.

Additionally, Mr. Freeman is actively engaged in a number of community activities. For example, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) Housing Management Corporation (HMC).  NCBA develops, manages and owns senior housing for low-income seniors through the HUD Section 202 program, and HMC provides property management, health and social services, as well as development and housing construction assistance to other non-profits. Mr. Freeman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, which focuses on closing the achievement gap by transforming early childhood education through the research, development and dissemination of an evidence-based, high-quality instructional approach that prepares children for success in school, work and life. Mr. Freeman is a former member of the Board of Commissioners of the Prince George's County Housing Authority, which is responsible for the oversight of all of Housing Authority's functions, including the development and implementation of the annual budget; provisions of services for residents; and the solicitation, award and monitoring of funds for modernizing and upgrading the Housing Authority's properties. He served as chair of the Development/Modernization Committee and as a member of the Finance and Education Committees.

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. Within the firm, Mr. Freeman serves as the chair of the Diversity Committee in D.C.

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

Memberships

  • National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. Housing Management Corporation, Board of Directors
  • AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, 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
  • Legal Action Network For Development Strategies, 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