Shawn Holley

Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

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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Areas of Law

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


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4.4 out of 5.0
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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

University Attended

University of California at Los Angeles
Class of 1984

Birth Information

Born in 1962
Los Angeles, California, April 11, 1962

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Shawn Holley
 808 Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor,
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP (Santa Monica, California)

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