Holland & Knight LLP at a Glance


  • “Breadth of expertise”
  • “Wonderful work environment”
  • “Associates get a lot of responsibility”


  • “Flow of work can be uneven”
  • “Below-market salaries”
  • “Unpredictable hours”

The Buzz

  • “Best in Florida”
  • “Underrated”
  • “Below-market pay”
  • “Generic”

About Holland & Knight LLP

A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in the United Arab Emirates, 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 grounds 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 over a dozen 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.


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

Record-Setting Construction Loan
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.

September 2013

An Heiress, a Contested Will and an Art Foundation
A multi-office team of Holland & Knight lawyers helped settle the $300 million estate of Huguette Clark after distant relatives brought suit claiming rights to the fortune. Mrs. Clark, the "reluctant" heiress to a Western mining, timber and railroad fortune, died in May 2011 in New York at age 104 with no descendants. In June 2011, the firm filed Mrs. Clark's last will and testament on behalf of her nominated executors. There were numerous disputes surrounding the wishes of the heiress, who wanted her estate to fund the creation of a new arts foundation at Bellosguardo, her 24-acre estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, California. The foundation, the centerpiece of her will, remained as one of the estate's primary beneficiaries.

August 2013

Expanding South of the Border
Holland & Knight announced the opening of a new office in Mexico City. The decision represented a new direction for the firm in Mexico, as it previously operated in Mexico through a joint venture established in 1998. The office, which continues Holland & Knight's expansion in Latin America, is led by Boris Otto, the former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke's Mexico City office. It focuses its practices on corporate finance, energy, project finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, securitizations and private equity.

June 2013

A World of Communication
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.

March 2013

Class Dismissed
Holland & Knight successfully defended Mako Surgical Corp. against a class action securities suit brought by shareholders who alleged that Mako misled them about future sales projections. The firm secured a motion to dismiss in the matter, with the judge ruling that since the sales projections were accompanied by detailed cautionary statements indicating that future sales could be lower than expected and there was no evidence to show the company's executives knew their projections were false, no wrongdoing occurred.

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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 2014: 1,067

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

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

  • Base Salary
    Atlanta, GA
    1st year: $130,000

    Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Tyson’s Corner, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year: $145,000

    Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL
    1st year: $105,000

    South Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach)
    1st year: $135,000

    Tampa, FL
    1st year: $115,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    23 out of 23 (2013)

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

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • 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
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Bogota
  • Mexico City
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