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Christopher Blake Holley

Criminal defense Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   30 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 22 years
    Maryland - MD 23 years
    Virginia - VA 29 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%
    Criminal and Traffic Defense in the Northern Virginia Area

    30 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%

    27 years

  3. Personal injury
    5%

    30 years

Christopher B. Holley is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.  An experienced litigator, Mr. Holley has appeared before numerous State and Federal courts of all levels in these jurisdictions and others for the past 20 years.  His primary litigation concentration focuses on criminal law, traffic, commercial litigation, business torts, tort defense and domestic relations (Divorce).  When he is not litigating, Mr. Holley also assists clients with business matters such as business formation, stock purchase/sales, asset purchase/sales, operation, contract review and other day to day needs of a small business man.  Finally, Mr. Holley enjoys providing legal services to those who are in need of wills, living wills, powers of attorney and other routine personal documents.

Admitted: 1994, Commonwealth of Virginia; 2001, Maryland; 2001, District of Columbia.  U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeal, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Eastern District of Virginia.

When not in Court, you are likely to find Chris spending time with his family or dogs.  

Location

Holley & Levine, PC
10513 Judicial Drive
Suite 202
Fairfax, VA, 22030

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Posted by Talaya | July 3, 2023
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Extraordinary Attorney
I needed an attorney for a highly contested custody case and Chris Holley was amazing! He was down to earth, practical, and very honest. He was responsive and attentive throughout my case and answered all of my questions with realistic answers. He is very knowledgeable and helped me win my case. I can't thank him enough because he truly rocks! I was truly happy with his services. I highly recommend him and will definitely be working with him to complete my divorce case.
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Posted by Eric | January 17, 2023
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Complex family law
I came to Chris with a very complex situation regarding my daughter. I placed significant money in retainer. My wife and I thought it would go on forever and potentially have to appeal. The other side was significantly better off Financially. Though Chris could have exploited that situation by litigating endlessly, he did not. He listened carefully to my goals and means. He was very hard on me for my discovery responses. In retrospect, he was demanding of me for my own good, and thank goodness he was. In a situation where no one thought a settlement possible against an extremely hostile adversary, Chris incrementally continued to strengthen our position, and we did settle the case. We settled it for literally everything I was asking for and then some. My daughter is safe and at home with me and is thriving in her new home. It's unbelievable that Chris was able to accomplish this. None of us thought it possible. I got to see him in action in court at a couple hearings. It was clear he was respected by the judge and had earned the respect of multiple other counsels involved. He is strategically EXCEPTIONAL. Every time I thought I knew better, I was glad I kept my mouth shut and leave him to his own style. He is exceptional, stellar; an "A lister". My wife and I feel that God answered our prayers when he put Chris Holley in our lives. And all that extra money that was in retainer? I didn't have to call and call and demand it or wait for it. Simply, at the conclusion of the case, he immediately sent the remaining balance to us, no fuss, no nonsense, no haggling. I didn't have to chase him. No surprise. By the the the case ended, it was clear what Chris was made of. He is an attorney whose competence is rivaled only by his character. He did not bill me for one useless minute. Everything he did was productive and moved us toward victory. If you need a lawyer, hire Mr.Holley before your opponent does! You will look back upon that decision as one of your best. Hiring Chris was certainly one of the best moves I have ever made, and my daughter depended on it.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2020
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Gun rights restoration
Chris was awesome. Didn’t over promise. Was responsive to my many many dumb questions and never lost patience with me. While I hope to never use him again, I’ll definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2020
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Excellent outcomes
I recently hired Chris, I had great result with reckless driving 80/40 ticket. Just do what he tells you and you are in a good hands He is also very reasonably priced compared to the others I will only hire him He is the man for the job
Posted by Jim | December 18, 2019
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Traffic court for military member
I called Mr. Holley for a Reckless Driving Charge in Prince William County, and explained my concerns over my security clearance. He was responsive, professional and fairly priced- and was able to negotiate a dismissal with the ACA.
Posted by Kristin | December 18, 2019
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Above and Beyond Expectations
Chris' legal acumen, court presentation, and pure tenacity is unparalleled. He meticulously worked to learn my case despite a quick turn around time, and was an absolute knockout in the courtroom. The guy is a savant. In addition to his craft, Chris is compassionate, honest, and patient. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Laura | October 31, 2019
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Best Lawyer in the Area
Mr. Holley has represented me for custody, child support, traffic violations, and other charges. He has consistently exceeded my expectations. Chris fights till the end in court. He is experienced and will always tell you what to expect and prepare you to win. Chris has been a blessing in my life and there are no words to express how great of a lawyer he is.
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Posted by Buni | July 16, 2019
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Great divorce lawyer
I’ve used Chris Holley for major traffic issues and a divorce. He’s extremely knowledgeable and patient. He answered all my questions and never rushed me out of his office. Getting an appointment with him is always easy and his hours are flexible. I’ve referred others as well and he’s been helpful in matters including criminal, traffic, divorce and writing wills. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Amy | March 19, 2019
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10000% recommend, Best person to know!!
Getting into trouble with the law at any point in your life can be terrifying and you don’t even know where to begin. The first step you need to take is calling and getting Mr. Holley to defend you. It was my first time in trouble and I was a nervous wreak and didn’t know what to expect. Mr. Holley had a way of making me feel at ease and that everything was going to somehow be ok, all while making me smile/laugh. His sense of humor is remarkable, and I needed that at points. He was easy to get in touch with any time I had questions and he never treated it as a bother. He is extremely knowledgeable and I NEVER once felt like he was judging me. He truly cares for his clients and their well being. 10 times out of 10, I’d hire him again or recommend him 110% of the time to anyone in need of help. Mr. Holley got me out of quite a jam and gave me my life back- I couldn’t speak any more highly of this man and the work that he does, so please, if you are finding yourself in need of SUPERIOR defense, do yourself a favor and call Mr. Holley, you won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Mo | December 18, 2017
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Maureen
Chris started as my attorney and just became a great friend. He is loyal, smart and kind. He is the most nonjudgmental and emphatic lawyer who is always there for you. Lastly and most importantly, for cases, he is a brilliant advocate.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2017
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Highly Recommend!
Mr. Holley agreed to take my traffic case in Fairfax. I am a student in an out state college and forgot I had to appear in court. In a panic I contacted Mr. Holley and he agreed to represent me. Even with short notice he did a fantastic job getting my misdemeanor violation dismissed and my speeding ticket reduced. He handled everything for me and made this stressful process easy. He was prompt in his communication and very kind. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a strong and prepared advocate!
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Posted by Aysha Faiz | June 23, 2017
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Incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and caring
I had a dui charge and had a series of hoops to jump through to get my license back. Chris was always available for support and advice and nailed it at court. He is extremely personable, knows the system and will do anything and everything not to let you down. He is passionate about his job and devoted to being the best- and that he is.
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Posted by Skylar | November 2, 2016
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Highest Recommendation
I would highly recommend Chris to anyone. I got a ticket for going 65/40, which is a Misdemeanor in VA. Not only did Chris get my conviction down to a $100 Failure to Obey Traffic Sign fine, but he was very pleasant in all of our meetings. He helped me prepare, and he calmed my nerves every time we met - going through the options, telling me the process, explaining what I needed to do. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome or better attorney.
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Posted by Yalda | May 18, 2016
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Smart, Caring Attorney
I was referred to Chris by my sister, whom he had helped in the past. I received a moving violation after 13 years of going without a ticket. The officer would not let me out of this small infraction, so I decided to hire Chris because I didn't want my insurance to go up (just bought a new car and had a reality check with insurance prices on a financed vehicle). We went over all the facts of what happened (down to mapping out the location on google maps so he could see why I missed the no u-turn sign) when I met up with him for my consultation. He told me up front what he could do for me. I hired him and met him in the courtroom the day I was scheduled to appear. I was nervous; court rooms and police officers make me that way. However, he told me step by step what will happen at every junction to calm my nerves. Everything he said was correct and I was released on a lesser charge that didn't result in points on my record. He even directed me to where I pay the fine and then came into the waiting room to make sure I was good to go. I rarely leave reviews for anything, but when I was sitting outside the courtroom and waiting with Chris, I asked him why he became an attorney. He told me he really enjoys helping people out. It was very sincere and said in a passing manner, so I felt like he's one attorney who actually cares about the client and not the check.
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Posted by Haneen k | October 8, 2015
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Criminal charges
I am pleased to recon and this amazing lowyer I was one of his clients he helped me get through a miserable point in my life. Thanks to him, the situation that could have meant major jail time, was basically minimized to nothing at all. He knows the system and won't let you down
Posted by David | August 7, 2015
He got me out of trouble.
I wasn't sure about what was going to happen when I went to court because the police officer made it seem like it was not a big deal but my girlfriend referred me to Chris Holley and I'm glad I listened to her because my case was more serious than I originally thought. Chris was able to do more than what I thought was possible. He went above and beyond for me and made sure I was taken care of. Great attorney!
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Posted by Adam | July 8, 2015
Traffic violation
Very responsive and honest, made sure that everything was taken care of on time. It was my second reckless and Mr. Holley was able to drop it to speeding. Thanks to him I still have a drivers license. I would definitely recommend him to family and friends.
Posted by Othman | June 24, 2015
excellent job He will do
Hey my name is Othman I I have Christopher lawyer for my all DUI and traffic tickets . I really Like to hire a perfect lawyer to help you out . My experience With mr. Christopher he's the best lawyer ever don't think go higher this lawyer to help you out .
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2014
Chris Holley - The best of the best!!
I was involved in a bitter custody dispute. I was accused of repulsive things when my aggressive and somewhat wealthy ex tried to use my child as a weapon to hurt me. From the moment I met Chris, he was direct, honest, and extremely down to earth. Together, we went through two years of hearings, investigations, allegations, and grief. There were so many times I called Chris in tears because of another awful thing my ex had said or done. When I first met Chris, my self confidence was next to nothing, my nerves were shot, and my anxiety was through the roof. He guided me through the process and encouraged me as I jumped through a million hoops to prove that all of the accusations were false. He was one of the few people I trusted over the last two years. More than legal advice and guidance, Chris encouraged me to pursue my dreams and believe in myself. Over time, he became more than just my lawyer; he became a confidante and a friend. I could talk to him about anything, whether related to my case or not. After a 2 year journey that was a complete roller coaster, I almost felt sad that I wouldn't have the need to touch base with him on a regular basis. Chris was amazing. He was responsive, supportive, encouraging, and above all, he was real. He has a human element that is lacking in most people, let alone lawyers. Even after our case was settled, he still touched base just to see how I was doing. He went far above and beyond the call of duty and I'll never be able to thank him enough for his help. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal services. I consider him my friend after all we've been through and hold the highest degree of respect and gratitude for him. I can't say enough about how great he was and is. He was a huge contributor to me rebuilding my self confidence and self esteem. He helped me see the strength I had within myself and has helped me realize my potential. He's a great attorney, but he's an even better person! Thank you sooo much Chris!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2014
Money well spent
I was nervous, I was anxious & I was scared. Chris calmed me down & won my case with his knowledge. It too me sometime to understand why he wasn't sharing any information with me, but that was because he didn't have any to share. His quick thinking & wit were all I needed in court
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • Holley & Levine, PC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate/Partner
  • Allred, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PC
  • 1996 - 2004

Education

  • Howard University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Lynchburg College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • FBA Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Fairfax Bar Association Annual DUI CLE
  • BASIC ISSUES, CASES, CODES AND ARGUMENTS THAT EVERY ATTORNEY MUST KNOW TO BE EFFECTIVE IN DUI CASES
  • 2016
  • 2010 Fairfax Bar Annual Criminal Law CLE
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Cases
  • 2010
  • 2009 Annual Criminal Law CLE Material
  • Cases Codes and Arguments that are Effective in Speeding Cases
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Middle School Court Tours
  • Fairfax County Court Tours
  • 2018
  • Fairfax County Middle School Court Tours
  • Fairfax County Court Tours
  • 2017
  • Fairfax County Bar Association Annual DUI CLE
  • Fairfax County Annual DUI CLE
  • 2017
  • Annual DUI CLE
  • BASIC ISSUES, CASES, CODES AND ARGUMENTS THAT EVERY ATTORNEY MUST KNOW TO BE EFFECTIVE IN DUI CASES
  • 2016
  • 2015 FFx Bar Annual DUI Seminar
  • Annual DUI Seminar
  • 2015
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Annual DUI Seminar
  • 2014
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Annual DUI Seminar
  • 2013
  • 2009 Annual Criminal Law CLE
  • Cases, Codes and Arguments Effective in Speeding Cases
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (23)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Holley is a good friend to have in the courthouse among my colleagues. An example is from my recent experience telling the judge I would return to his courtroom on a motions hearing after checking in at another courtroom. Chris heard that exchange, and, without any prompting nor request from me, he asked me the name of my motions hearing client, and offered to let me know when the case was called. Chris went one step further (without any obligation to do so) by staying in the courtroom after his case was called, for my case to be called. That might sound at first blush like a small favor to offer, but it is an example of how Chris knows that all criminal defendants benefit when we criminal defense lawyers offer each other a helping hand, brainstorming and court coverage. I recommend Chris's services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Holley is experienced and dedicated to defending his clients. He truly cares about each of them and will fight zealously for them every time."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Even though Chris and I are opposing counsels on a difficult matter, Chris has always been respectful and knowledgable in all communications. He is cooperative, while at the same time, advocating for his client. He is a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Chris Holley. He is a well respected member of the bar, and is an amazing trial lawyer. He is a true advocate for his clients who receives my endorsement without any reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent attorney and talented litigator. He can always be seen outside of the courtrooms giving advice to both defendants and lawyers regarding their legal issues. He is very well respected in the community. I fully endorse Mr. Holley without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holley is an extremely intelligent and personable lawyer, who is well-respected in our legal community. He is very easy to work with and puts his clients needs first, each and every time. I give Mr. Holley my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this attorney whom I have known professionally for more than 8 years. Mr. Holley is not only a very competent criminal and traffic defense attorney, but he is laid back with a terrific sense of humor. That sense of humor has convinced more than one judge to see things Mr. Holley's way, thus benefitting his client!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Holley to anyone in need of a criminal or traffic lawyer. Mr. Holley is always prepared, knowledgeable, and ready to take on any case. Not only is he an excellent advocate for his clients, he is always available to help his colleagues. He is a friendly, kind and very talented attorney that I would recommend in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is the 'go to' guy on criminal cases for my clients. I only handle civil matters, so I refer all the criminal issues to Chris, and I have uniformly received excellent feedback on Chris' services. I see him in court frequently, and he has a good reputation with the prosecutors which allows him to get the best possible results for clients, and he is not afraid to take a case to trial if he believes the client can do better than what the prosecutor offers. I fully endorse Chris for criminal work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is simply fantastic. He is the kind of lawyer you want on your side when it really matters. He knows what he is doing. I wouldn't hesitate to seek his guidance and follow his recommendations. He is a mentor, friend and trusted attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is an unsolicited review for one of my most outstanding colleagues who is also a good friend. Chris defines excellence, integrity and loyalty in his profession. To him, his clients are paramount and he fights for the best possible outcome up to and including dismissal. While there are attorneys who boast about trying cases, Chris is among the elite who will also try the challenging cases, in challenging circumstances. That makes him a fighter. When Chris comes to court he is prepared, knows the defenses inside and out and demonstrates nothing short of excellence in his delivery. He also cares about people—and that concern is genuine. Chris is definitely a courthouse superb and I give him my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I wish Avvo would allow me to endorse Mr. Holley for more than one area of law. Whether in Criminal Law or Family Law, Mr. Holley is an AMAZING litigator. Always prepared, Always fighting for his client, and you guessed it, typically Always winning. One of the Top Attorneys in Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse Mr. Holley. I have referred a number of clients to him through the years and in each case, the client has always been extremely happy with his services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I have a legal issue that I want a second opinion on, Chris is one of the first people I turn to. Great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. There are few attorneys who I can rely on for sound advice when discussing a case. Christopher Holley is one of them. Chris is not only one of the best criminal/traffic attorneys but also a fantastic family lawyer. I have recommended friends, attorneys and co-defendants to Chris and they have all been happy with his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a superb talented lawyer and very smart, with a friendly and affable demeanor. He is highly respected by prosecutors, judges and his peers in the legal community. I know I have learned many a trick from him over the years to more effectively to represent my traffic clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris, is exactly the kind of lawyer you want to have if you need an attorney who is a knowledgeable and a strait shooter. He has been doing this long enough that he knows exactly what he is talking about and can communicate it clearly without sugar coating or spin. A great person to work with and know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Holley is an experienced, knowledgeable attorney. He cares for his clients, takes the time to walk them through the court process, and is on the cutting edge of all recent defenses in the criminal and traffic field. He has an excellent reputation among prosecutors and judges, especially in Fairfax County, and among his fellow attorneys."
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