Douglas A. Praw is the West Coast Real Estate practice group leader and a partner in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office. Mr. Praw is a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice and focuses on real estate development, public finance and land use entitlement work in connection with state and municipal regulatory matters. He also provides strategic advice on complex legal issues affecting municipal governance and legislation.

For his extensive experience in a wide range of real estate and public finance matters, Mr. Praw has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and has been recognized as one of the top "40 Under 40" most successful and youngest stars of the Southern California real estate industry. Mr. Praw has also written articles published in American City & County magazine, Water Impact, The California Real Estate Journal, Western Real Estate Business and Builder and Developer. Mr. Praw has provided counsel to the spectrum of real estate investors, from developers, owner and borrowers to underwriters and municipalities, special districts and other governmental agencies. Mr. Praw holds his Series 63 and 82 licenses.


  • Represented a leading multifamily company in the negotiation of a ground lease with Los Angeles County and the $52.5 million acquisition of a leasehold interest in Marina del Rey, for the development of a 585-unit apartment complex
  • Represented a fund in the $177 million acquisition of a property in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Represented a fund in the $475 million refinancing of the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, Calif.
  • Represented a New Mexico ski resort in connection with a $25 million financing from the New Mexico Finance Authority for public infrastructure improvements

  • Represented a college in the approval of its Los Angeles campus, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne
  • Represented a leading shopping center in connection with the redevelopment of a shopping center in Santa Ana, Calif.

  • Represented a leading shopping center in connection with the redevelopment of Westfield Culver City, securing $25 million (NPV) in public investment of the shopping center, a project expected to generate more than 4,000 jobs for the community
  • Represented the approval of a $67.3 million subvention agreement by the city council of Los Angeles for a 395-room Marriott and Residence Inn project in downtown Los Angeles
  • Represented a developer in connection with the issuance of $164 million in municipal bonds to finance the public infrastructure for a redevelopment project in Albuquerque
  • Represented a bank in connection with its provision of credit enhancements that resulted in a $12 million Qualified School Construction Bond for the funding of construction of a charter school in Chula Vista, Calif.


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • American Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • National Cannabis Industry Association
  • Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle
  • Eliot Society for Washington University in St. Louis
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2019, 2020
  • Top Author, Real Estate Industry, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, 2018 
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate and Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2016; Real Estate, 2018, 2019  
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2015
  • Who's Who in L.A. Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law – Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Real Estate, 2016, 2017
  • Southern California Rising Star, Los Angeles Magazine, 2006-2016
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2017
  • 40 Under 40, Real Estate Southern California magazine
  • Who's Who in Real Estate – Los Angeles Business Journal, 2005


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