Associates at Holland & Knight enjoy their work and appreciate their colleagues. The firm is a true pro bono leader, especially when it comes to its work supporting veterans. For those hoping to make partner, the firm provides a realistic pathway. 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.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

62 total (53 2Ls; 9 1Ls


Base Salary

All U.S. Offices:1st year: $205,0002nd year: $215,0003rd year:...

Vault Verdict

Holland & Knight values top academic credentials but balances law school and GPA with experience, work ethic, and personality fit. “Collegiality” is more than a cultural buzzword here: Associates consider co-workers to be friends; are treated well by partners; and socialize often, including virtually during the pandemic. Regular meetings keep attorneys apprised of firm financials, and while the survey reflected gripes about lack of transparency into compensation, the firm has since moved to a lockstep pay scale in all of its U.S. offices. Bonuses are discretionary and tied to billables and other factors, such as collections. The billable-hour requirement is 1,900 hours, which most associates feel is reasonable. Work is substantive and often challenges associates beyond the...

About the Firm

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 transfor...

Associate Reviews

  • “My colleagues are some of my closest friends. I respect them as lawyers and enjoy spending time with them after hours. Day-to-day atmosphere is fun and collegial. The staff and attorneys mix well.”
  • “The firm is remarkably collegial. Partners and associates interact much like peers, and associate input and suggestions are valued and taken seriously. In some ways, this puts a lot of responsibility on associates to be real contributors from an early stage, but it is a nice environment.”
  • “Associates meet monthly, and because of COVID, we've been doing video conferences with associates in other offices. The Chicago office managing partner hosts bi-weekly optional video conference meetings to keep us all in the loop on what's going on, and it's nice to see people on those calls. Partners are pleasant to work with and respectful.”
  • “Lawyers frequently socialize together. The associates are very close. The firm has an after-hours event probably every month or so. The day-to-day atmosphere is focused but still light. There are also people stopping by your office to chat.”

Diversity at Holland & Knight LLP

"At Holland & Knight, we seek to further develop an organization and a culture where all talented individuals-including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession-can have, and can see, a path to long-term success. We are committed to these efforts because diverse and inclusive teams reflect the world we serve and produce better results for our clients. Most importantly, a diverse and inclusive organization is simply better. LEADERSHIP Our Managing Partner, Steven Sonberg, and Chair of the Directors..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Our firm heavily focuses on culture and fit. The firm prides itself on having a different culture than other large law firms. In addition, we are looking for individuals who are hard workers and who don't shy away from being challenged.”
  • “The firm is generally open to regional law schools but also has a preference for [the] T14.”
  • “I am unsure of the training or guidelines for those that make the hiring decisions. I think this differs office to office, but at my office I would say GPA, personality, and experience matter the most.”
  • “… The firm looks for candidates who are well rounded. I was not the best academic candidate, but my work history in a similar firm in a niche practice area was a huge selling point. They look past just a GPA and look also at your life experience and how you will fit in at the firm and what perspectives you can bring.”

Perks & Benefits