Holland & Knight Snags Real Estate Partner Douglas A. Praw from Goodwin (Los Angeles)

Holland & Knight LLP announced it has brought on board a lateral real estate partner from Goodwin Procter LLP to help grow its Los Angeles general real estate group as well as its project finance and land use practices.

Douglas A. Praw joined Holland & Knight earlier this month from Goodwin Procter, where he had worked for the past eight and a half years on major development deals and financings as well as myriad public finance matters, the firm said Wednesday.

Praw told Law360 in an interview Friday that the strength of Holland & Knight’s land use and infrastructure practices, which he saw dovetailing nicely with his practice, was part of his decision to make the move just three blocks northeast.

“I was attracted to Holland & Knight because it offers really good development-oriented lawyers,” Praw said. “They are strong in land use, infrastructure, infrastructure financing and really people that know the owner-developer side of the real estate industry.”

Praw brings to the table a resume brimming with more than a decade of experience in land use and public finance work, as well as extensive experience representing municipalities and government agencies and underwriters and borrowers on capital markets matters.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2006, Praw worked for four years as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

He started at Holland & Knight on Jan. 12.

“Doug is an excellent addition to our real estate practice in California,” Susan J. Booth, head of Holland & Knight’s West Coast real estate group, said in a statement. “His experience not only in real estate, but also in land use and finance, will be a valuable asset to the firm and our clients.”

While at Goodwin Procter, Praw’s clients included CommonWealth Partners LLC, City National Bank, Emerson College and Prime Property Fund.

Among the matters he handled there was CommonWealth Partners’ $1.5 billion sale of a portfolio of western U.S. office buildings and Prime Property Fund’s $475 million refinancing of a mall in San Diego.

“The expectation is that I’m providing seamless service to the clients that I brought with me during the transition,” Praw told Law360 in an interview. “The goal is to expand the practice here in Southern California for Holland & Knight.”

Holland & Knight has more than 1,000 lawyers in offices across the country and in Bogota, Colombia, and Mexico City. The firm now has 50 lawyers, 22 of them partners, in its Los Angeles office, according to its website.

Praw holds a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in Saint Louis.