Christopher H Collins

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Christopher H. Collins is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Collins focuses on zoning and land use law, historic preservation, municipal law, building code, and foreign mission and international organization matters. He has considerable experience representing a broad range of local, national and international clients, including residential, commercial, retail and industrial developers, financial institutions, asset managers, hotels and hospitality providers, schools and universities, foreign governments, nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, and property owners and commercial tenants in all areas of land use law and real estate development. He represents clients before all of the federal and local land use regulatory agencies in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Collins has lectured both locally and nationally on historic preservation, land use and foreign missions issues. He is also the author of numerous articles on issues involving building codes, zoning regulations, foreign missions and recent developments in land use law and related matters. As an accredited LEED AP Professional, he also counsels clients regarding green building and sustainability issues.

Mr. Collins has represented more than 60 foreign governments and international organizations in real estate matters, primarily relating to the acquisition, location, replacement and expansion of their embassy and other facilities in Washington. He is a counselor to the Meridian International Center.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2013-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Silver Client Champion, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2008-2019
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, 2009 and 2010
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2013-2018
  • Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Washington Business Journal, 2007 and 2008
  • The Legal 500, 2007 and 2008
  • Lawdragon 500, 2006
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Accredited Professional (LEED® AP)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Executive Council
  • Meridian International Center, Counselor and former Trustee
  • International Student House, Board Associate