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Mr. Holley’s practice focuses on the litigation of business disputes, including matters involving commercial law, real property, unfair competition, intellectual property, trade secret misappropriation, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Holley was formerly at Piper Rudnick LLP (prior to its merger into DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) where he practiced business and intellectual property litigation and was part of a team that managed and litigated software piracy actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Holley received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1991. Mr. Holley received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1997 from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. During his legal studies, Mr. Holley received the American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial Law and received the CALI Award in both International Arbitration and International Public Law. Mr. Holley studied international law at Pepperdine University’s campus in London, England, where he won the Fall 1996 Moot Court.

Mr. Holley is admitted to the state bar of California, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California.

Mr. Holley is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

Reported Cases:

  • ABF Capital Corp. v. Grove Properties Co., 126 Cal. App. 4th 204 (2005);

  • Magic Kitchen LLC v. Good Things Int'l, Ltd., 153 Cal. App. 4th 1144 (2007).


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    19 years
  2. Appeals: 10%
    19 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

HamptonHolley LLP

2101 East Coast Highway
Suite 100
Corona Del Mar, CA, 92625


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2008
Dean's ListPepperdine University School of Law1997
Dean's ListPepperdine University School of Law1996
Winner, Pepperdine Moot Court, London ProgramPepperdine University School of Law1996
CALI AwardPepperdine University School of Law1996
American Jurisprudence AwardPepperdine University School of Law1996
Dean's ListPepperdine University School of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHamptonHolley LLP2005 - Present
AssociateGreen & Hall, APLC2003 - 2005
AssociatePiper Rudnick LLP2002 - 2003
AssociatePreston Gates Ellis LLP1999 - 2002
AssociateWeston, Garrou & DeWitt1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Client Relations CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Magic Kitchen, LLC v. Good Things International, Ltd.Directed verdict for defendants based upon laches.
Magic Kitchen, LLC v. Good Things International, Ltd.Directed verdict for defendants upheld on appeal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Williams CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1991