2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The autonomy you have to build your practice.”
“We do sophisticated, high-stakes work.”
“Compensation process is not clear.”
“Lack of formal work assignment systems.”
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 financial services group advises on a range of areas, including financing, M&A, regulatory issues, securitization, structured finance—and does so with a global mindset. 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
In response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery that negatively impacted many individuals, more than 1,300 employees participated in a virtual town hall meeting on racial injustice. The meeting provided a forum for employees to gather in a safe environment to share experiences, to listen to and support fellow colleagues, and to learn more about the firm's intended response to the recent police violence.
The firm established a COVID-19 Response Team to help clients respond to business and legal issues that they may face related to the pandemic. The firm also has created a centralized hub on its website that includes hundreds of publications and presentations that address issues affecting small and large companies. The team includes attorneys and professionals in various disciplines who can advise clients in a variety of areas.
Bloomberg's annual Global M&A Mid-Market Legal Advisory Rankings listed the firm at No. 20 for U.S. mid-market transactions of up to $500 million and 17th for mid-market transactions of up to $250 million. Firms were ranked by deal count for calendar year 2019. This is the definitive publication of M&A advisory rankings and include the top financial and legal advisors across a broad array of deal types, regions and industries.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm’s Well-Being Committee has been actively promoting well-being related resources and creating opportunities for employees to engage with their colleagues in the remote work environment, most recently the announcement of the first Holland & Knight Virtual Race, a firmwide virtual half marathon, 10K & 5K that will be held in November. The firm’s well-being initiative, HK Live Well, also continues to connect employees to well-being activities through Virgin Pulse, a market leading well-being app, as well as providing and an intranet page that hosts well-being related content and benefits.
- 354 Attorney Recognitions, Best Lawyers in America guide, 2020
- Law Firm of the Year in Admiralty & Maritime Law and Litigation – Banking & Finance, U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" guide, 2020
- Perfect Score, Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2015-2020
- Mansfield Certified Plus, Mansfield Rule Certification, 2018-2019
- Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers, Chambers USA Diversity and Inclusion Awards, 2019
Phone: (305) 374-8500
Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
Firmwide Professional Growth & Development Partners: Deborah Barnard & Tiffani Lee
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
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.
Chief Professional Development & HR Officer
No. of U.S. Offices: 24
No. of International Offices: 3
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Tyson’s Corner, VA
West Palm Beach, FL I Bogota
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.