Holland & Knight LLP at a Glance


  • “Stable partners”
  • “Not a sweatshop”
  • “Substantive experience”


  • “Below-market compensation”
  • “Immediate deadlines”
  • “Partnership process”

The Buzz

  • “Top Florida firm”
  • “Friendly lawyers”
  • “Southeast regional”
  • “Bloated”

About Holland & Knight LLP

A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in Latin America, including Colombia and Mexico. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from industry-specific teams to litigation, corporate law, intellectual property and tax.

A Prime Pedigree

One of the nation's largest law firms, today's Holland & Knight hardly resembles the startup opened in 1968. The firm was a combination of the two firms built by Florida practitioners Peter O. Knight and Spessard Holland, with roots dating back to 1889 and 1929, respectively.

Holland's life could have gone in a very different direction. As a young man with a strong pitching arm, he was recruited by the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team; he turned down the offer and went to Emory University, instead. From there, he went to the University of Florida Law School. World War I then interfered with his career. After completing overseas service, Holland returned to Florida and became a county judge, then opened a small firm with his partner W.F. Bevis. He ascended quickly through Florida's political ranks, becoming the state's governor in the early 1940s and then serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate.

Likewise, Peter Knight's career combined law and politics. A Valparaiso Law grad, Knight became the mayor of Fort Myers, Florida at the tender age of 20. In 1889, he was elected to the Florida legislature and began practicing in Tampa-then a fledgling municipality. He was one of the city's most prominent men, establishing a bank and an electric utility. As his law practice grew, Knight turned away from politics, declining President Warren G. Harding's invitation to the U.S. Supreme Court bench.

Smith's Vision

Present-day Holland & Knight owes much of its success to the late Chesterfield Smith, who oversaw the combination of Holland and Knight's practices and was the new firm's first managing partner. Before the tie-up, Smith had served as president of the Florida Bar Association; a decade later he became president of the American Bar Association. It was Smith, speaking on behalf of the ABA, who made one of the earliest public calls for an investigation of President Richard Nixon's role in the Watergate scandal.

Besides keeping an eye on Washington power players, Smith worked to transform Holland & Knight from a regional practice to a global firm. One of his key ideas was decentralization: boundaries between local offices would be fluid, and lawyers would be matched to clients on the basis of skill and compatibility, not geography. Smith remained in charge until 1983.

From Palm Trees to Politicians

In the 1990s, Holland & Knight experienced a significant expansion, opening new offices across the U.S. and making its way overseas. While the firm still has eight offices in Florida, it now boasts 15 offices outside of the Sunshine state, from San Francisco to Bogota. On the east coast, the firm's Washington, DC office has continued to gain strength and is the center of the firm's lobbying activities. In fact, Holland & Knight is known as one of the top lobby shops inside the Beltway, having helped clients secure billions of dollars in funding for infrastructure, development and research projects.


February 2015

Playing All the Right Cards

Holland & Knight advised Sunshine Insurance Group, a Chinese insurance and investment firm, on its $230 million acquisition of the Baccarat Hotel New York at 20 West 53rd Street in Manhattan from Starwood Capital Group. The luxury hotel occupies the first 12 floors of the 50-story Baccarat Hotel and Residences project, which opened in early March. The property, located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, is the global flagship hotel for the 250-year-old Baccarat brand and marks the entry of this world-famous brand into the luxury hospitality arena.

January 2015

LatinFinance Deal of the Year

A team of Holland & Knight attorneys advised Fibra UNO, Mexico's first publicly-traded REIT, on a global follow-on public offering in June 2014. Under the terms of the landmark deal, Fibra UNO offered 800.4 million CBFIs (shares), including an overallotment option and a hot deal option. In January 2015, the deal was named LatinFinance's "Follow-On Equity Deal of the Year" and the team was honored at a ceremony in New York.

November 2014

Top in Transportation

Holland & Knight was named "Law Firm of the Year" in transportation law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in its annual ranking of law firms and their practice areas. The rigorous evaluation process included the collection of client and lawyer feedback and peer reviews from leading attorneys in the field. Only the firm with the most impressive overall performance was chosen for this honor.

April 2014

Closing Major Deals

Over the past year, Holland & Knight has advised electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit, Inc. on two major deals.  Most recently, the firm represented the company in the sale of its aftermarket services business for $725 million to iQor Holdings, Inc., a global provider of business process outsourcing and product support services.  A few months earlier, it also advised Jabil on its acquisition for $655 million of Nypro, Inc., a provider of manufactured precision plastic products for customers in the healthcare, packaging and consumer electronics industries. The deals closed in April 2014 and July 2013, respectively.

February 2014

A Room with a View

Holland & Knight assisted HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in extending a $300 million loan to Argentina-based Faena Group. The loan will finance the construction of Faena House, an 18-story oceanfront luxury condominium development. The deal is the largest single-project financing in South Florida since the recession and takes prices to a new high of $3,000 per square foot.

June 2013

A World of Communication in Need of Defense

Holland & Knight defended Ericsson Inc., a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators, in a high-profile patent infringement matter.  Plaintiff WiLAN, Inc., a non-practicing entity that focuses its business on protecting and monetizing patented investments, alleged that several of Ericsson's wireless telecommunications infrastructure products infringed three of its patents. The claim was based on the fact that Ericsson's products operate in compliance with the 4G LTE standard adopted by the telecommunications industry. The firm secured a summary judgment in the matter on a licensing defense.  The matter is presently pending before the Federal Circuit on appeal.

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Holland & Knight LLP

701 Brickell Avenue
Suite 3000
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 374-8500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
  • Firmwide Professional Growth & Development Partner: Deborah E. Barnard
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,145

  • Employment Contact
    Carrie Weintraub
    Chief Professional Development & HR Officer
    Email: carrie.weintraub@hklaw.com

    Visit www.hklaw.com for a complete list of recruiting contacts by office.

  • Base Salary

    Major Markets (including Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Tyson’s Corner, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC)   1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,800/week

    Starting salaries vary by market. Salaries after the first year are merit-based. 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    23 out of 24 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Holland & Knight provides representation in more than 150 practice areas through four main practice sections:
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tyson’s Corner, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Bogota
  • Mexico City
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