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Holland & Knight LLP

Our Survey Says


Unique in BigLaw with foundations in Florida, Holland & Knight has expanded to become a legal giant worldwide. Candidates with high academic achievement, journal work, work experience, and personalities that fit the firm’s culture typically come from regional law schools. Firm settings are collegial and welcoming, while social activities happen only occasionally because work-life balance is respected. Partners value associates and generally treat them well and as colleagues. Though formal training efforts are lackluster, in-person training and strong mentors make associates feel supported. Lateral hires feel integrated quickly through what they feel are effective training and development arrangements. Work assignments are meaningful and high quality, and associates enjoy opportunities to interact with clients and take on additional responsibilities. Projects are doled out fairly, with some assigned based on experience and availability. Holland & Knight sets a high but doable 2,000-hour billable requirement, which impedes somewhat on work-life balance, and compensation is fair in that it matches the market rate, though some questions arise over how bonuses are allocated. Firm technology is innovative and efficient, including when working remotely. The firm’s wellness activities seem fairly standard, while pro bono is at the other end of the spectrum. Associates are expected to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono work—with more allowed with firm approval—that counts as billable time. An active DEI committee promotes hiring and retention efforts and special programs for women and affinity groups. Advancement to counsel or partner is realistic, though some associates take advantage of external opportunities in-house, at other firms, or with the government.

Holland & Knight LLP

Phone: (305) 374-8500

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
Firmwide Professional Growth & Development Partners: Deborah Barnard & Tiffani Lee
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
2K - 2.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,130/weekly salary

Employment Contact

No. of U.S. Offices: 29

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Century City, CA
Charlotte, NC
Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Houston, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Newport Beach, CA
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Richmond, VA
San Francisco, CA
Stamford, CT
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Tysons, VA
Washington, DC
West Palm Beach, FL |
Mexico City

Major Departments

Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.