Whayne Quin

Partner, Holland & Knight

Whayne S. Quin is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Quin practices in the area of municipal law with special focus on land use, zoning, urban planning, building and housing codes, historic preservation, environmental, transportation, urban and related real estate matters. His clients include real estate developers, builders, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, chanceries, local, federal and international agencies and private property owners.


As an urban strategist, Mr. Quin advises clients on the requirements and procedures necessary to accomplish residential, commercial and industrial development through the regulatory and political processes. He has extensive experience in a variety of real estate and municipal matters ranging from additions to single family dwellings to the largest commercial and mixed-use developments throughout the District of Columbia, including the Central Business District, the Georgetown waterfront, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenue corridors and the Southeast and Southwest Central Employment Area of the District.


Mr. Quin has been involved in more than 4,000 cases before local agencies and courts involving development matters. These have included planned unit developments, text and map amendments before the Zoning Commission and appeals, special exceptions and variances before the Board of Zoning Adjustment - with close working relationships with the Office of Planning and coordination with other local and federal agencies. Additionally, Mr. Quin has had extensive experience in representing property owners and developers in more than 100 judicial proceedings in the local and federal courts.


In the field of historic preservation, Mr. Quin was involved for private industry in legislative proceedings leading to the enactment of the District of Columbia's Historic Preservation Laws. He has actively represented clients before the State Historic Preservation Review Board, Mayor's Agent, National Capital Planning Commission and Commission of Fine Arts in matters relating to nominations of property to the National Register of Historic Places and under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as cases under the National Environmental Policy Act. Virtually all matters have involved coordination with legislative and executive branches of the District of Columbia and many have involved approvals from federal agencies.

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