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Holly E. Estes

Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney at Reno, NV

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 12 years
    Nevada - NV 14 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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Holly E. Estes, Esq., is an experienced chapter 11 reorganization attorney who has been certified as a Business Bankruptcy Law specialist by the American Board of Certification - the nation's premier legal specialty certification organization.

While in law school, Ms. Estes accepted an externship working with then Chief Bankruptcy Judge Mike K. Nakagawa.  It was at that time and through that experience that she fully began to appreciate the bankruptcy system and knew that she wanted to become a bankruptcy practitioner.   

After graduating from the William S. Boyd School of Law, Ms. Estes began a clerkship with Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive.  During that time Ms. Estes, among other tasks, researched and drafted the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Opinion, Honkanen v. Hopper (In re Honkanen), 446 B.R. 373 (9th Cir. BAP 2011) with Judge Zive, sitting pro tem for the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.  Next, Ms. Estes accepted a clerkship with Bankruptcy Judge Bruce T. Beesley.  It was through her clerkships that her practice skills began to sharpen and Ms. Estes truly began to understand the complicated inner workings of a chapter 11 reorganization case.   

After her clerkship experiences, Ms. Estes began her career in private practice. Throughout her practice, Ms. Estes has strived to achieve the best results for her clients.  Ms. Estes has successfully represented corporations, limited liability companies, individuals, partnerships, bankruptcy trustees, creditors and purchasers of bankruptcy estate assets in chapter 11 reorganization and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. One of the highlights of her practice thus far has been arguing before the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel with successful results for her clients.  Village at Lakeridge v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Village at Lakeridge), Argued April 5, 2013; Weilert v. Gwartz (In re Weilert), Argued June 23, 2016.




Estes Law, P.C.
605 Forest Street
Reno, NV, 89509

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Posted by Robert | May 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Mine is an exceptionally complex set of circumstances. Miss Estes has the knowledge, will and ability to handle even these incredibly difficult challenges. Over a period of nearly three years, I have been both impressed and amazed with her knowledge of the law as well as her ability to present, explain and argue the law in court. Without reservation, Holly Estes, Esq. has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent and Energetic Representation
Holly is an effective and clear communicator and a powerful advocate for her client's interests. She is very efficient and worked with me to set priorities on our cases. She has a thorough knowledge of the bankruptcy code and a creative approach to problem solving. She is very comfortable in the courtroom and, win or lose, I've always been glad to have her on my side.
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Posted by Romé Le Grange | June 19, 2015
Great experience!!
Even though I did not have Holly as my Lawyer, the experience that we had with her was worth my time writing a review. We came to her on the eve of a very critical situation. The attention to detail that this woman showed us was nothing short of amazing. I can honestly say that this was by far the best Lawyer experience I've ever had. If you're looking for a lawyer, that is smart, proactive, caring and Angelic in nature, then Holly Estes is the Attorney you want. Trust me. Romé
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Posted by Jo | May 15, 2015
She's a Rock Star!
Holly took my case while an associate was out of the country on vacation and a competing plan was submitted in my company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A hostile take over was about to happen and she jumped in, rolled up her sleeves and helped save it!
Posted by Bob | May 2, 2015
Knows her stuff
Holly was extremely thorough and well prepared when we went to court. She was a "pit bull" when opposing counsel tried to make excuses for the failure of their clients to follow the courts requests.
Posted by Gabriel | April 22, 2015
Very Grateful for Holly Estes
Holly Estes is very ethical, and clearly understood the difficult circumstances in my bankruptcy case. With her help and expertise we were able to end with the best possible outcome. There were 2 other lawyers helping in my case but Holly clearly stood above the rest. Without Holly taking the time to listen to my perspective, advocating for me, and making the team stick to her strategy, I strongly believe that my case would have ended badly with many jobs and 30 year of hard work would have been lost. Holly made moving forward for my company possible again.
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Posted by Doug | April 19, 2015
Holly Estes
Holly Estes is a very thorough, professional attorney who was always well prepared during my recent legal challenges. Her ability to think on her feet and her courage to ask the difficult questions was very much appreciated during our litigation process. Her knowledge of the law was not only helpful, but it was also very clear to me that the opposing attorney could see that they had their work cut out for them. I would recommend Ms Estes to anyone searching for an attorney who is well versed and compassionate about the law.
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Posted by John | April 13, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Holly has represented us for 4 years in a corporate bankruptcy reorganization. She has been diligent and knowledgeable and obtained court-approved plan of reorganization for us.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Estes Law, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Walter Wilhelm Bauer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Bruce T. Beesley
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Alan R. Smith
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Law Clerk to Bankruptcy Judges for the District of Nevada
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Judicial Extern to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Mike K. Nakagawa
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Judicial Extern to Judge James C. Mahan
  • United States District Court, District Of Nevada
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Summer Associate, Bankruptcy Department
  • Gordon Silver
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Volunteer Instructor. Taught Family law in Spanish
  • Legal Aide Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Summer Associate
  • Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern to Judge Steven R. Kosach, Department 8
  • Second Judicial District Court Of Nevada
  • 2007 - 2007
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  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Board of Certification
  • Business Bankruptcy Law Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Business Law Section Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern Nevada Top Attorney
  • Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite
  • 2019
  • Northern Nevada's Top Attorney
  • Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite
  • 2018
  • Northern Nevada's Best Up & Coming Attorney
  • Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • High Ethical Standing
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Holly
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Holly & I have been adverse on many cases. She understands the details, thinks about how to get a good outcome, and is an good advocate for her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Friend
"Holly is an experienced and well respected attorney in the legal community. She works tirelessly for her clients, and has a creative and brilliant legal mind. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holly knows the ins and outs of bankruptcy well and can professionally guide her clients through some of their most difficult economic struggles. She is smart, knowledgeable, and I highly recommend her."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Estes is a very effective attorney. She strives hard to get the best outcome for her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt
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Reno Chapter 11 bankruptcy Lawyer Holly E. Estes
Holly E. Estes
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
Reno, NV
Licensed for 14 years