Leila Marie Jackson Batties

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

For more than 20 years, Ms. Batties has represented clients in numerous aspects of the real estate development process. She handles proceedings before the District of Columbia's Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and City Council, and regularly works with District government agencies.

Ms. Batties' experience includes securing approvals from the District of Columbia Zoning Commission for planned unit developments, map and text amendments to the District of Columbia Zoning Regulations campus plan amendments; variance and special exception approvals from the District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment; and public space approvals from the District of Columbia Public Space Committee. She also prepares analyses and opinions on zoning and building code issues and assists clients through the permitting and subdivision process. Ms. Batties' experience also includes street and alley closings and dedications and other legislative matters that require approval by the Council of the District of Columbia. Ms. Batties is involved in many private and public-private projects that are transforming the District of Columbia's emerging neighborhoods.


  • 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


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