Leila Marie Jackson Batties

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Leila Batties is a land use and zoning attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office.

Clients rely on Ms. Batties in all aspects of the District of Columbia's real estate development approval process, including zoning, subdivision, and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and public space approvals. She handles proceedings before the Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and City Council, and regularly works with District government agencies, including the Office of Planning and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and community stakeholders in connection with the approval of real estate development projects. She conducts zoning research and due diligence, negotiates and drafts agreements, easements and covenants.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Batties is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Representative Experience

  • Secured amendments to the Zoning Regulations and the Zoning Map to support the reuse of 12 acres within the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center Campus, with 1.1 million square feet of development set aside for a world-class pediatric research and innovation center that includes an outpatient clinic and conference center; also assisted with numerous permitting issues for the first phase of the campus
  • Obtained first-stage and consolidated planned unit development (PUD) approval and related Zoning Map amendment for 3-acre mixed-use community consisting of 500,000 square feet of residential use, 25,000 square feet of retail/commercial uses and substantial amenities complimenting the site's access to the Anacostia River, Boathouse Row and the Anacostia Bike Trail
  • Handled PUD and related Zoning Map amendment for a public-private partnership on two sites involving Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), District of Columbia Public Library and District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department; one site was approved for 290,000 square feet of residential use and a 20,000-square-foot public library with a street-level café; the second site was approved for the construction of a fire station with a recreational facility and 52 affordable units
  • Handled entitlements for a mixed-use development that includes a 51,500-square-foot grocery store and 351,000 square feet of residential use; the project involved a significant level of traffic improvements and the construction of a pocket park
  • Counsel for the redevelopment of the District of Columbia Housing Authority's Kenilworth Courts; the project consists of 14 acres to be developed in multiple phases and up to 530 residential units, including public housing replacement units, tax credit rental units and for-sale and rental market rate units; includes the City Council approval of the dedication of land for street purposes and the closure of a public alley
  • Secured zoning approvals for the construction of new dormitory buildings at Howard University and handled other further processing applications of Howard's Central Campus Master Plan
  • Obtained historic preservation approval for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Takoma Theater as a mixed-use building, with offices at the ground floor and 20 spacious residential units


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Mass Communications
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Miami, M.A., Communications
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reuse Community Advisory Committee
  • Ward 7 Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Board of Directors, 2015-2016 
  • District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors, 2010-2015; Vice Chair, 2014-2015
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Committee on Legislative and Government Affairs
  • Leadership Greater Washington, Class of 2012
Honors & Awards
  • University of Miami School of Law’s Law Alumni Association Achievement Award, 2019
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2016
  • Lambda Alpha International, George Washington Chapter


Speaking Engagements