David S. Kahn

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David S. Kahn is the former leader of the Real Estate Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia offices of Holland & Knight. Mr. Kahn has practiced for more than 35 years in the areas of commercial real estate development and finance, and commercial leasing. During that time, he has participated in the structuring, documentation and closing of complex real estate transactions involving the development, leasing, financing, acquisition and sale of more than 35 million square feet of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses and mixed-use projects.

Mr. Kahn represents many of the largest and most active developers and owners of commercial real estate in the Washington, D.C., area, including Jamestown, John Hancock, Lincoln Property Company, AEW, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock Realty Advisors, Fidelity Investments, KBS Realty Advisors, Jones Lang LaSalle, RREEF, Hart Advisers, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, Unizo Real Estate, Invesco Realty Advisors, American Realty Advisors, Brickman Associates, American Real Estate Partners, and Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight in 1994, Mr. Kahn was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dunnells, Duvall & Porter, where he had practiced since 1988. Before that time, he was a partner in the law firm of Glassie, Pewett, Dudley, Beebe & Shanks, where he had been since 1977. Mr. Kahn served as a law clerk to the Honorable John F. Doyle of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1976-1977.

Mr. Kahn has been named as a "best lawyer" in numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors
  • Cornell University, A.B., with distinction in all subjects
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2006-2020
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate, 2007-2019
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2016
  • Best Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, Real Estate, 2013-2015; 2017, 2018
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate Finance and Leasing, 2010
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Order of the Coif