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Donald R. Holben

Employment and labor Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.4   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
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Donald R Holben & Associates APC
Donald R Holben & Associates APC
777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Ste 200
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
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4.4 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Barbara Bixler | March 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely satisfied
This firm was very helpful and quick to respond to me. Because of Don Holben and Associates my last employer followed through with a court order. Now I can move on with my life with the monies that were due to me.
Posted by Brenda | March 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Firm and very Pleased.
I can say all good things about my experiences with this firm. They are respectful, knowledgeable, and supportive throughout the years and litigation. They are the most skilled attorneys I've worked with. I highly recommend Donald R. Holben & Associates and will call on them again if need be.
Posted by John | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I want to shout the praises of the Holben Law Firm, especially the guidance of Eugene Long. I filed a wrongful termination suit, and Gene worked with me throughout the whole process. In the end, we were more than successful. Beyond the outcome, I appreciated the way he listened, how thoughtfully he guided me, and the fact that he cared. I highly recommend Holden and Associates.
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Response from Donald Holben November 4, 2019
Thank you so much for your words of appreciation and for your review.
Posted by Noelle | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Result
I hired Donald R. Holben for an employment dispute. He showed superior knowledge, determination, a take charge approach and he knows how to win. The results were excellent. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Posted by Anthony | October 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Donald couldn't help with my situation but was helpful
Although I needed a contingency lawyer for my situation and Donald wasn't in a position to help me with that he did answer my question and referred me to a referral service that may be able to help me out.
Posted by Jerry | December 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Appreciation for this Law firm
I write this review with the highest of honor, praise and respect. I have used the attorney’s at Donald R. Holben and Associates, APC for my legal issues and I must say if anyone I know or even a stranger were to ask, I would refer them to this office. In my experience with this office I felt like I was the most important client the firm had. The greetings from wonderful ladies in the front office are warm and extremely caring from the time I walk in the office to the moment I leave. When it came to making certain that my issues held the same level of care that I needed I felt like more than a client I felt as though I was dealing with friends. Mr. Holben personally spent time sharing and keeping me informed on all progress and made certain that I understood what was before me and the best directions to take. The other associates who assisted with the case made me feel equally important and with confidence made me comfortable from the first to the last meeting. Mrs. Holben is quite simply a beautiful spirit who just has a very special knack for making me feel special, important and not the impersonal feeling that I have felt in the past with other attorneys or businesses. In this office there was that element that felt trustworthy and I was valued like in the year’s past where the personal service mattered, my best interests were definitely a priority. I feel confident that of all the choices of attorney’s in this city, Holben and associates will remain my attorney’s for years to come and will receive my highest referral for any and all future legal matters. Very respectfully, Rev. Jerry
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2015
Very Satisfied with our outcome
Donald made us feel at ease frm start to finish. The outcome we acheived was better than we hads anticipated. Went relatively quick. Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014
Holben and Associates Deserve a 4 Star Review
My attorney was Andrew Rosenberry. He handled my divorce and custody of my two children. Andrew was honest and forthright from the beginning regarding my options for joint and sole custody along with the divorce settlement. He always advocated on my behalf. As we worked out a divorce settlement and custody agreement he would consistently inquire what I was willing to negotiate on and not willing to negotiate on. Armed with this information, he fought on my behalf and I am more than satisfied on the divorce settlement and the custody agreement. The staff at Holben and Associates was always courteous and helpful when I needed documents and relaying information to my attorney.
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Posted by Irma | April 9, 2014
Review for Donald R. Holben
Mr. Holben was highly recommended so I hired him to represent me in a civil lawsuit. My case is still pending. Hopefully it will be resolved soon so that I can give Mr. Holben a full review.
Posted by Just | April 9, 2014
Pleased and confidant
This particular case drug out because we were fighting a governmental entity, the attorneys made me feel I was important and advised me along the way. The support staff including Ms. Leslie really went out of their way to make me feel welcomed and valuable. I read somewhere that a case is successful if neither side was completely satisfied, but I feel great satisfaction from the outcome and the way I was treated even as far as concern for my out of pocket expenses. I would use and recommend this firm to anyone in need of great service. Thank you t you all!!!
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Posted by M. Craig | April 9, 2014
If you hire Don Holben you won't be sorry, the other side will!
When I went to see Donald Holben I was in trouble! An employer that I had worked for the last 18 years had put me under a supervisor that was prejudicial and ws out to fire me. No matter how many successes I had on the job this supervisor would find a reason to punish me both mentally and emotionally. Eventually he convinced senior management to fire me. Knowing that you did nothing wrong and was still an asset to the company,that you worked for so long,meant nothing to them as they are a huge company and can do anything to youthat they want, or so they thought! I told Donald my story and backed it up with emails and other records and he assured me that it was not over yet. He had my employers lawyers on the run from start to finish. I worked very closely with Dan and one of his staff attorneys, Dan, and got a very substantial settlement without spending one day in court. The attorneys for the other side would like everyone to think that they caved in just to get rid of the lawsuit but we know that it was due to Don's expert use of employment law. He kicked their butts! If we had gone to court (Dan and Don left this decision up to me) they would have lost a lot more than money, I.e reputation, business , etc. Thanks Don Holben and staff for a job well done, not only for me but for the great co-workers I left behind. They all know now who to call if this employers discriminatory behavior surfaces again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2014
Great team of Lawyers!
I have never been involved in a disability discrimination case before, and was fairly uncomfortable with the idea of suing. Mr. Holben and his associates were kind, caring, and made the process as emotionally pain free as possible. I would highly recommend them in the future, and plan to contact them again myself if ever needed.
Posted by G | November 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me with my HOA
When my HOA refused to enforce our rules concerning dogs off leash Donald helped me to get them to do their job and provide a safe walking environment. Thank you Donald!
Response from Donald Holben November 4, 2019
We are so glad to have been able to help. Thank you so much for your review.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hang on to your wallet
OMG. I have NEVER been treated worse in my 71 year life. These ruthless people are not only inept but they pad the bill, BIG TIME! They were even charging me for using a online research company. For $325 an hour arent they supposed to know what they're doing? They charged me thousands to learn. They tried to charge me travel time for trips thst didn't exist. The owner actually told me to replenish the retainer or get another attorney. Or else, really? He ripped me off for $15K and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We had 1 court appearance and they didn't even know the case that would have won my motion. Pay attention, please for the good of mankind. Let's get rid of the unscrupulous.
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Response from Donald Holben February 5, 2019
Thank you for your comments. As an initial matter, at the time you retained our firm, you fully reviewed and executed our retainer agreement, which called for the replenishment of funds as each invoice was received. At no time following the execution of our agreement did you fully comply with the terms of the agreement. Despite that fact, we continued to professionally represent you until your actions, not related to funding, forced our withdrawal. Further, the fees you paid to our firm to handle the resolution of your matter were more than reasonable and customary for the Palm Springs area. You were not charged for unnecessary travel and we went out of our way to ensure that the fees that you incurred for both travel time and in-court time were kept to a bare minimum. Additionally, the fees and costs incurred in connection with conducting legal research were necessary in order to ensure that all legal arguments were adequately briefed and presented to the court in order to posture your case in the light most favorable to you. The amount of time spent researching the issues relevant to the development of your case reflects our dedication to presenting the strongest arguments possible based upon the facts that you presented to us. However, as your case progressed, certain facts came to light which forced us to withdraw from our representation of you due to ethical considerations applicable to all lawyers practicing in the State of California. While we understand that you may be frustrated with the most recent developments in your case, we were simply left with no alternative. Rest assured that our firm prides itself on client satisfaction and obtaining the best results possible for each and every client we represent.
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Posted by Robert | July 1, 2012
Not Recommended
I hired Mr. Holben for what HE said would be a very simple matter, inexpensive and quick. He dragged it on for months saying they were doing "research". Not specific about what kind of "research". While working on my case I brought him another potential case not involving me directly. He took the second case and agreed not to bill me for it till it was over. When I started questioning the amount of research on the first case and the subsequent bill he stated I should get the first case over with so they could focus on the second case, so I hung in there while they "researched". Bottom line, they ran me up a huge bill, more than 3 times what was quoted on the first case for non-specific research, when they presented the first case I saw NOTHING that indicated they needed to do any type of lengthy research. When they said they were workng on the second case they couldn't show me anything that they had done. I feel that Mr. Holben dangled the 2nd case in front of me to get me to commit more to finishing the first case and running up a much higher bill. Every time I contacted Mr. Holben or anyone else in his office they were very quick to remind me to pay more into my bill. Even when I agreed to pay a minimum amount per month they still pressured me to pay more with every contact with them. I still have no idea what specific "research" they did on the first case nor did I ever see any progress report on the second case. Mr. Holben was subsequently fired and I plan on filing a small claims action for the excessive charges. I think this guy is only interested in billable hours.
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Work Experience

  • CEO/President/Practicing Attorney
  • Donald R. Holben Associates, APC
  • 2000 - Present
  • CEO/President/Practicing Attorney
  • Donald R. Holben & Associates
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Managing Partner
  • Holben & Roper
  • 1992 - 1998


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD
  • 1983
  • University of Arizona
  • BBA/BS
  • 1979


  • U.S. Association of Accredited Business
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • 1999 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although relatively new as an Avvo volunteer attorney, it is immediately obvious that the answers of Mr. Holben are accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney. I have looked at the "negative" Avvo "client reviews" and I find the responses of Mr. Holben to each complaint to be detailed, non-emotional, and in the highest standards of the legal profession"
Real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Donald Holben has many years of experience handling employment/labor law issues. He has a team of three competent lawyers who work for him. As a team they do a very good job of representing their clients. They also handle other kinds of civil and family law cases."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holben is highly experienced and been a respected lawyer in this community for many years. I endorse Mr. Holben and the team of lawyers at his firm."
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