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There probably is not a block of downtown Washington that Whayne Quin has not had a hand in getting rezoned, rebuilt, preserved, or demolished. In more than 35 years of land use practice — most of it with Wilkes Artis — Quin estimates that he has been involved in more than 3,000 development cases before local agencies and courts. “Basically, I advise people on the strategy and process of getting approval from the ground up,” says Quin, 65. Like many of his real estate colleagues, Quin likes to drive through Washington and admire the various buildings he has had a hand in bringing to fruition, among them the MCI Center, Metropolitan Square, Washington Harbour, and the Willard Hotel addition. “He has a tremendous knowledge about the city,” says Robert Carr, president of CarrAmerica Urban Development Inc., one of the busiest developers in Washington. Carr says that Quin probably has handled 35 projects for his company over the last 30 years. “We’ve built about 50 buildings in the city, and about two-thirds of them have needed some sort of zoning,” he says. “Whayne is smart, responsive, very dedicated and very resourceful,” Carr says. Quin now chairs the regional land use group at Holland & Knight, and is co-chair of the firm’s national land use group. He moved to Holland & Knight in mid-2000 when Wilkes Artis, which Quin once headed and where he had practiced all his career, unraveled over irreconcilable differences about how to position the midsize real estate firm for the future. Eventually Quin was joined at Holland & Knight by 26 of his former Wilkes Artis colleagues. He says the move has transformed his practice. “I’m back into handling cases,” says Quin. “When I left Wilkes, 40 percent of my time was spent on pro bono work, marketing, and management.” Now he’s got more time for hands-on practice, adding that he still does a lot of pro bono work, especially for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Currently, Quin is handing the zoning and permitting work on two high-profile projects for CarrAmerica — the Newseum headquarters at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., and the new headquarters for the International Monetary Fund at Pennsylvania and 19th Street. He is also helping the Corcoran Gallery of Art get all the approvals it needs to build a new wing designed by Frank Gehry.

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