Shawn Holley (Santa Monica, California)
Shawn Holley (Santa Monica, California)

Shawn Holley

Licensed for 28 years

Practice Area: Business Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Trial Practice 2 more areas of practice + 2 more

Awards
BV Distinguished

Shawn Holley

Serving Santa Monica, CA view address

About Shawn Holley

With more than sixty trials to her credit, Ms. Holley is the rare trial attorney who practices in the areas of both civil and criminal litigation. She began her career as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, handling hundreds of serious criminal cases from inception to trial. Formerly Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of The Cochran Firm and the head of its national Criminal Defense Section, she was a highly visible member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and worked closely with Mr. Cochran on a number of high-profile civil and criminal cases when the firm was known as The Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

In addition to the representative matters below, her clients have included Michell...

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With more than sixty trials to her credit, Ms. Holley is the rare trial attorney who practices in the areas of both civil and criminal litigation. She began her career as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, handling hundreds of serious criminal cases from inception to trial. Formerly Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of The Cochran Firm and the head of its national Criminal Defense Section, she was a highly visible member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and worked closely with Mr. Cochran on a number of high-profile civil and criminal cases when the firm was known as The Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

In addition to the representative matters below, her clients have included Michelle Rodriquez; the Kardashian sisters; “CSI” star, Gary Dourdan; celebrated Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt; entertainers Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Axl Rose, Jesse McCartney; and athletes Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Reggie Bush.

Ms. Holley has been a Chief Legal Correspondent for the E! Network, and was a featured legal analyst on its international nightly coverage of the Michael Jackson trial. She has been an on-air legal analyst for KABC Eyewitness News in Los Angeles for several years, and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Court TV, Fox News and CNN. In addition, she was a featured lawyer on Fox TV’s “Power of Attorney” for two seasons, and the judge on MTV’s “The Verdict,” a Leeza Gibbons production.

Ms. Holley is a visiting faculty lecturer at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Yeshiva University in New York City, and is a frequent guest speaker on high-profile litigation, women in the law and the representation of “celebrity” clients.

She is married to Dorian Holley, a prominent and well-known vocalist who is the singer in the house band on The Tonight Show. They have three daughters Nayanna, Sasha and Olivia.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 2 reviews
  • BV Distinguished
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.5/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.5/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.5/5.0
  • Communication

    4.5/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.5/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/05/11 in Civil Litigation

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    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 08/11/09 in Criminal Defense

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    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      Credentials

      Position
      Partner
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1988, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
      Law School Attended
      Southwestern University School of Law
      Class of 1988
      J.D.
      University Attended
      University of California at Los Angeles
      Class of 1984
      B.A.
      Birth Information
      Born in 1962
      Los Angeles, California, April 11, 1962

      Areas of Law

      • Business Litigation
      • Criminal Litigation
      • Trial Practice
      • Entertainment Litigation
      • Personal Injury