Whayne S. Quin is a consulting counsel in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Quin practices in the area of municipal law with special focus on land use, zoning, urban planning, building and housing codes, historic preservation, environmental, transportation, urban and related real estate matters. His clients include real estate developers, builders, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, chanceries, local, federal and international agencies and private property owners.

As an urban strategist, Mr. Quin advises clients on the requirements and procedures necessary to accomplish residential, commercial and industrial development through the regulatory and political processes. He has extensive experience in a variety of real estate and municipal matters ranging from additions to single family dwellings to the largest commercial and mixed-use developments throughout the District of Columbia, including the Central Business District, the Georgetown waterfront, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenue corridors and the Southeast and Southwest Central Employment Area of the District.

Mr. Quin has been involved in more than 4,000 cases before local agencies and courts involving development matters. These have included planned unit developments, text and map amendments before the Zoning Commission and appeals, special exceptions and variances before the Board of Zoning Adjustment – with close working relationships with the Office of Planning and coordination with other local and federal agencies (see list of representative cases below). Additionally, Mr. Quin has had extensive experience in representing property owners and developers in more than 100 judicial proceedings in the local and federal courts.

In the field of historic preservation, Mr. Quin was involved for private industry in legislative proceedings leading to the enactment of the District of Columbia's Historic Preservation Laws. He has actively represented clients before the State Historic Preservation Review Board, Mayor's Agent, National Capital Planning Commission and Commission of Fine Arts in matters relating to nominations of property to the National Register of Historic Places and under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as cases under the National Environmental Policy Act. Virtually all matters have involved coordination with legislative and executive branches of the District of Columbia and many have involved approvals from federal agencies.

Military Service

  • United States Navy, Assistant Communications Officer, USS WASP (CVS-18)
  • United States Navy Reserve, Naval Intelligence (Lieutenant)
  • Top Secret Clearance

Previous Practice

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Joseph C. McGarraghy, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • President of the oldest real estate law firm in the Washington Metropolitan region, 1985-2000


Large Mixed-Use Projects
Washington Harbour
Georgetown Park
Burnham Place (Air Rights)
Return-to-L'Enfant Capitol Crossing (Air Rights)
Gallery Place
Chevy Chase Pavilion
Waterfront Station
Art Place at Ft. Totten

Public Facilities and Hotels
Verizon (MCI) Center
Washington Convention Center
Washington Convention Center Hotel (Marriott)
Washington Sheraton Hotel Additions
JW Marriott
Willard Hotel Addition
Hotel Washington Addition
Westin Hotel (24th and M Streets, NW)

Special Use Office/Misc. Buildings
U.S. Department of Transportation HQ
United States Institute of Peace HQ
Warner Theater and Office Building
Newseum (Pennsylvania Avenue)
Children's National Medical Center
Children's Hospital Medical Center at Walter Reed
Washington Cathedral Parking and Bus Garages
NBC Additions and Broadcast Towers
Rock Creek (D.C.) and Great Falls (Va.) Cell Towers
Intelsat Building – 4000 Connecticut Avenue

Large Residential Developments
McLean Gardens
4100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Westover Place (Massachusetts Avenue)
Spring Valley Single Family (49th and Massachusetts)
Townhouse Developments along MacArthur Boulevard
Westbrook Residential (West End)
Chase Point (5401 Western Avenue)
5333 Connecticut Avenue – Cafritz Foundation – Fort Totten

Commercial (Office/Retail)
PNC Place, 800 17th Street, NW
1701 K Street, NW
1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Federal National Mortgage Association Office Buildings
1401 F Street, NW (Garfinkel's Conversion and office building)
Homer Building, 13th & G Streets, NW
4000 & 4100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
1615 L Street, NW
1250 24th Street, NW

International Organizations and Chanceries
International Monetary Fund HQ1 and HQ2
International Finance Corporation
The World Bank
Italian Chancery (Whitehaven)
Turkish Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)
Japanese Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)
Chinese Chancery (Connecticut Avenue)
Ivory Coast Chancery (Massachusetts Avenue)
Embassy of the State of Kuwait
United States Institute of Peace

Schools and Universities
National Cathedral School
St. Alban's School
Beauvoir School
National Child Research School
The Whittle School
St. Patrick's School
DC Prep
Aidan Montessori
Hellenic Center (Whitehaven)
Catholic University Master Plan
George Washington Master Plan
American University Master Plan

Miscellaneous Historic Preservation Projects
Army Navy Club Redevelopment
Metropolitan Club Addition
St. Matthews Adjacent Redevelopment
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Façade
Carroll Square: 10th and F Streets, NW
800 4th Street, SW
Corcoran Gehry Addition (not built)
American Pharmacists Association
Third Church: 16th and I Streets, NW
Folger Shakespeare Library

Pro Bono Counsel

  • Arts & Technology Academy Public Charter School
  • D.C. Prep Public Charter School
  • Friends of Stead Park
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • National Building Museum, General Counsel


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Montana
Court Admissions
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • All State Courts in Montana
  • Children's National Medical Center, former Chairman
  • Friends of the National Zoo, Board Member and Former President 
  • The National Building Museum, Board of Trustees, Chair
  • Urban Land Institute – Governor, Full Member, Public Private Partnership Council 
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Bearacuda Ltd., Subsidiary of Children's National Medical Center, Director
  • Salzburg Global Seminar, Lloyd Cutler Center for the Rule of Law, Advisory Board
  • Federal City Council, Trustee
  • Safe Kids Worldwide Limited, Director
  • Jubilee Enterprise of Greater Washington, Board of Directors, Founding Member
  • Free the Children Trust, Former Trustee, Founding Member
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade, Chairman of the Economic Council
  • The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Founding Member
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Washington, D.C., Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 1983-2020
  • Best Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, Real Estate and Zoning/Land Use, 2009-2010, 2013-2015; Real Estate, 2017, 2018
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2020
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2008-2020
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2011, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements