MIAMI – June 26, 2012 – Holland & Knight today announced that it has been recognized as one of the country's tier-one law firms in the Land Use and Zoning category by the Legal 500 United States 2012 edition.
Holland & Knight's Land Use Practice Group is made up of 66 attorneys across the firm with experience in zoning and procurement, entitlements, government relations, eminent domain, telecommunications, taxation, energy and environment. The team's work ranges from guiding long-term plans and negotiating agreements to structuring finance transactions.
Chaired by Steven Elrod in Chicago, the group is praised for its "outstanding level of service" and "depth of experience." Also recognized is Joseph Goldstein, a Miami-based partner highlighted as a leading lawyer, and San Francisco partner David Preiss, who is described as "very detail oriented" and "well versed in the technical, legal and political aspects of this sensitive work."
Projects highlighted by the Legal 500 include the firm's continued work on the Burnham Place Project, a major mixed-use development in Washington, D.C., involving up to 3 million square feet of office, retail, residential and hotel space. Also mentioned is the firm's work on the development of a third airport in south-suburban Chicago. Initially estimated to cost $400 million, the airport will be a public-private partnership between the state of Illinois, a consortium of local governments and an internationally-known development partnership.
The Legal 500 series is a ranking of legal services providers from more than 100 countries. The series uses a rigorous interview and research process to secure recommendations and feedback on law firm capabilities from clients. Once a definitive judgment of law firm capabilities has been obtained, the handbook is published, by country, as a guide to top firms for commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and other professional advisers.
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