Richard W. Holtz is an of counsel in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Real Estate Group. Mr. Holtz concentrates his practice on real estate acquisitions and sales, leasing and land use matters. He represents landlords and tenants in connection with office, retail and other leasing transactions nationally.

Mr. Holtz has assisted clients in the development of real estate projects involving public-private partnerships and has created template agreements for real-estate-based financing products and services, including planning, project management, engineering and public work services. He has counseled clients on various governance and compliance matters, including fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest.

Mr. Holtz has drafted and presented legislation involving economic development, including legislation establishing financing programs, special legislation for the redevelopment of state surplus property and legislation involving the location or relocation of businesses in Massachusetts.

Previously, Mr. Holtz served as general counsel and secretary of a Massachusetts quasi-public authority dedicated to creating and enhancing economic opportunities through various real estate development and financing activities and programs. While there, Mr. Holtz provided representation and advice regarding major development and redevelopment projects, as well as the development and implementation of lending and specialized financing products.

Mr. Holtz acts as counsel on a variety of matters involving real estate transactions, including the following sample matters:

  • participated in representation of retailer in connection with national leasing of retail locations
  • represented a government agency in connection with mixed-use development at current and former state and federal properties, including closed and realigned military bases
  • represented regional enterprise zone in connection with a wide variety of municipal functions and transactions, including public works, public safety and utilities matters, as well as the sale and lease of real property and the issuance of licenses and permits
  • represented telecommunications providers in connection with build-outs of their wireless networks in several states, including drafting and negotiating site lease and license agreements for wireless communications facilities, and advising and representing telecommunications providers in connection with permitting matters for various sites in New England
  • served as lead attorney in ground lease of property for renewable energy facilities, including a $150 million solar panel manufacturing facility
  • served as lead attorney in sale of property for the development of a $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility and associated site preparation and infrastructure development agreements


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Executive Editor, Suffolk University Law Review, 1994-1995