Frank Stearns is Of Counsel in Holland & Knight's Boston office and has nearly 30 years of extensive experience advising a broad range of clients in commercial real estate developments and managing the permitting, financing and development of office, residential and other commercial development projects. Such clients include developers, institutional investors, buyers, sellers, financial institutions, hospitals, mortgage brokers, landlords, tenants and others involved in real estate and business transactions. Mr. Stearns has significant experience appearing before local zoning boards for zoning relief for large scale commercial development and telecommunications installations. He has worked extensively with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental enforcement, permitting and liability issues, and has managed large-scale brownfields developments. Mr. Stearns has also managed national corporate real estate needs, principally leasing, for a technology company.

Mr. Stearns is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System.

Additionally, Mr. Stearns has lectured on zoning, brownfields development and environmental law topics before Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the International Facilities Managers Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Institute of Business Law, the New England Environmental Expo, the Rhodes Island Bankers Association, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, multiple banks and trade associations, and the Boston Bar Association.


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Haverford College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2016-2024; Land Use and Zoning Law, 2021-2024
  • "Legal Professional of the Year," CoreNet Global, New England Chapter, 2009