Alexander Lycoyannis

Alexander Lycoyannis


Alexander Lycoyannis is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and represents owners, developers and landlords in all phases of litigation and appellate matters.

Mr. Lycoyannis is a prominent legal strategist and a go-to practitioner for real estate-related litigation. His writing and oral argument abilities frequently result in victories for his clients at the lower court and appellate levels. In addition, his keen business sense and negotiation skills have consistently led to favorable settlements for clients, including the resolutions of many seemingly intractable stalemates that have freed clients from the inherent expense and uncertainty of a trial.

With broad knowledge and wide-ranging experience in an array of real estate and complex commercial matters, Mr. Lycoyannis has represented clients ranging from the country's largest real estate developers to individuals who own a single building. He has successfully litigated disputes and handled matters arising out of commercial leases and contracts for the purchase and sale of real property; commercial and residential landlord/tenant litigation; New York City rent regulation; applications for Yellowstone and preliminary injunctions; corporate, partnership and limited liability company disputes; the New York City Loft Law; brokerage commissions; condominium and cooperative disputes; construction litigation; adjacent landowner disputes; Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and mortgage foreclosures; homestay vacation and short-term rental disputes; and the enforcement of guaranties and promissory notes. Mr. Lycoyannis also has negotiated purchase and sale agreements, buyout agreements, real estate brokerage agreements, occupancy agreements, and residential and commercial leases and amendments.

Mr. Lycoyannis has frequently written about these and other matters in various well-known publications, and is a widely recognized thought leader on matters relating to real estate law and policy. Mr. Lycoyannis was the co-author of the New York Law Journal's "Landlord-Tenant" column, which reviews and analyzes the latest case law and other important developments affecting New York landlord-tenant law. Mr. Lycoyannis has also published articles and op-eds in the New York Post, Albany Times-Union, Law360 and the Commercial Observer, among other prominent outlets. He also has extensive podcasting experience as the host of the "Real Talk NYC" podcast, which focuses on the intersection of politics, real estate law and public policy, and has also appeared as a guest on several other podcasts to discuss real estate-related issues.

Mr. Lycoyannis is not only an advocate for his clients in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, but for the New York real estate industry in the legislative arena. He is a prominent public voice in the fight against ruinous legislative proposals such as "good cause" eviction and commercial rent control, and testified in opposition to these proposals before the New York State Senate and New York City Council. Mr. Lycoyannis closely monitors legislative developments that would affect the real estate industry, and news outlets frequently seek out his views on hot-button issues.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Lycoyannis was a partner at a prominent New York City real estate law firm.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York City Bar Association (NYCBA), Real Property Law Committee, 2013-Present; Litigation Subcommittee, Chairman, 2016-2018 and 2022-2023
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Ridgefield, Connecticut, January 2023-Present
Honors & Awards
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine, Real Estate, Appellate, 2018-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements