Mr. Holmes’ practice focuses on complex civil litigation, securities enforcement defense, and other regulatory defense. He represents clients in a broad range of fraud-based matters, including SEC and CFTC investigations, grand jury investigations and criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of financial fraud and related allegations of malfeasance. He also represents clients in proceedings before the Department of Insurance, Department of Real Estate, and Board of Accountancy.
Mr. Holmes is an accomplished trial lawyer, and recently completed a federal trial regarding securities law claims, obtained a state court trial verdict for another client (the plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud case), and obtained a nonsuit for his client in a jury trial following the close of the plaintiffs' case. While at the SEC, Mr. Holmes led SEC investigations and injunctive/administrative actions, and since entering private practice, has defended - at the investigative and litigation stages - numerous such actions.
Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Holmes was a shareholder in a Los Angeles-based white collar criminal and civil litigation firm, and was Of Counsel to two national law firms. He also served as a Staff Attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, and as Corporations Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the California Department of Corporations. While at the California Department of Corporations, Mr. Holmes was a founding member of the Internet Compliance and Enforcement (“ICE”) unit, and while at the SEC, Mr. Holmes was a member of the Internet Enforcement Branch.