Joseph O. Gaon

Joseph O. Gaon


Joseph O. Gaon is a Washington, D.C., land use attorney. Mr. Gaon's work focuses on obtaining approvals for planned unit developments (PUDs), zoning map amendments and campus plans from the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. In addition, he handles obtaining variance and special exception approvals from the District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment, securing public space approvals from the District Department of Transportation Public Space Committee, and working with the Council of the District of Columbia to close streets and alleys. 

Mr. Gaon also has experience drafting agreements and covenants for development approvals. He represents developers throughout the District on mixed-use and mixed-income development with residential, office, retail and institutional uses. Mr. Gaon's work routinely involves coordinating tasks with architects, transportation engineers, civil engineers and other project consultants, as well as engaging a variety of community stakeholders.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Gaon worked in private practice, where he focused on land use and telecommunications law in Tarrytown, New York.


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., Certificate of Excellence in Commercial, magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Honors & Awards
  • Associate Editor, Hofstra Labor & Employment Journal, 2013-2014