2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The prestige and potential opportunities.”
“Great people and tremendous culture.”
“Lack of formal training.”
“Hours can be tough, but that is universal in large law firms.”
“Lack of transparency about compensation and bonuses.”
About Holland & Knight LLP
A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in England, Colombia, and Mexico. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.
A Prime Pedigree
Holland & Knight came to be from the combination of the two firms built by Florida practitioners Peter O. Knight and Spessard Holland, with roots dating back to 1889 and 1929, respectively. Present-day Holland & Knight owes much of its success to Chesterfield Smith, who oversaw the combination of Holland and Knight’s practices in 1968 and was the new firm’s first managing partner. 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.
Two Double Zero
Holland & Knight has wide-ranging experience—to the tune of 200 practice areas. The firm does it all—corporate, energy, health care, IP, international business, employment, litigation, real estate, regulatory and government affairs, technology, and transportation—and all of the sub practices within. It also boasts a Latin America practice.
The firm’s environmental law practice is highly regarded, handling everything from climate change to environmental litigation to hazardous waste to mining to renewables to water law, and much more. It also has a robust real estate practice that is more than 280 lawyers strong. Its lawyers focus on a range of areas, including construction, corporate services, environment, financial services, government contracts, insurance, international issues, labor and employment, land use and zoning, litigation, property management, public policy and regulatory matters. And Holland & Knight’s DC office is the center of the firm’s lobbying activities. The firm has helped clients secure billions of dollars in funding for infrastructure, development, and research projects.
Holland & Knight goes above and beyond with its community outreach. It is the only law firm to have received the ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services award every year since its inception in 2012, for its pro bono work assisting military members and their families. It helped create the first state curriculum when Florida mandated that the Holocaust be taught in public schools, and has helped Holocaust victims recover reparations from the German government. The firm also serves as general counsel and provides pro bono services to MyGoodDeed, a nonprofit founded by the brother of a Holland & Knight partner and volunteer firefighter/EMT killed in the line of duty on 9/11. These are just some of the ways in which the firm has pledged to effect change in its community.
News & Awards
Holland & Knight formed a Venezuela Focus Team in February 2019 to assist clients with interests in the country. The team was created in recognition of the current political turmoil in Venezuela and includes partners experienced in sanctions and trade, corporate and tax, energy and natural resources, real estate and hospitality, and international disputes. With one of the largest Latin America practices among U.S. law firms, Holland & Knight is uniquely qualified to help clients navigate the complex political and business environment in Venezuela.
Holland & Knight represented Express Scripts Holding Company as regulatory counsel in its $67 billion acquisition by Cigna, marking the latest tie-up in the health care space as the industry looks to reshape itself. The deal closed in December 2018.
In September 2018, Holland & Knight announced the launch of HK Deal Flow®, a unique program that facilitates deal leads by matching acquisition or capital-raising opportunities with buyers and investors. It is an extension of the firm’s vast knowledge and experience in the private equity and M&A space.
Holland & Knight opened an office in Philadelphia in July 2018 with a group of 11 partners. The office has since grown to more than 40 lawyers who provide sophisticated legal services for a wide range of industries, including consumer products, energy, health care and life sciences, infrastructure, manufacturing and technology. They focus on employee benefits and executive compensation, employee stock ownership plans, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, intellectual property, complex and general commercial litigation, real estate, financial services, and private wealth services.
- Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers, 2019 (Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards)
- Hospitality Group of the Year, 2019 (Law360)
- Mansfield Certified Plus (Diversity Lab)
- Construction Litigation Law Firm of the Year, 2019 (U.S. News – Best Lawyers)
- Outstanding Service Award, 2019 (American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project)
701 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 374-8500
Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
Firmwide Professional Growth & Development Partners: Deborah Barnard & Tiffani Lee
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
Major Markets (including Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Tysons Corner; Washington, DC)
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,600/week
Starting salaries vary by market. Salaries after the second year are merit based.
Summer Associate Offers:
28 out of 31 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
48 total (43 2Ls; 5 1Ls) (2019)
Chief Professional Development & HR Officer
See firm website for more information.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Tyson’s Corner, VA
West Palm Beach, FL
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.