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Holly Hohlbein Wotherspoon

Family Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.0   4 reviews

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About Holly

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Practice area
  1. Family
    My practice includes Adoption, Collaborative Reproduction, Mediation, and Collaborative Family Law

    33 years, 800 cases

I take great pride in guiding families through family building and the legal process in a wise and respectful way. I am excited to offer you my extensive background in collaborative strategies combined with my 24+ years of legal experience in family law.  All of us at Adams, Romer, & Stoeckenius look forward to helping you and your family through this transformative time.

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Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/06/2022
State WA
Status Voluntarily Resigned
Acquired 1990
Updated 03/19/2023

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

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Posted by Eric | February 27, 2011
Collaborative Enabler for Divorce with Respect and Dignity
I would highly recommend Holly and the collaborative divorce process if you are faced with ending a long term marriage. Holly assembled an experienced multidisciplinary team, and patiently coached me through the process guiding me through the "ups and downs" along the way. The outcome was successful in preserving respect and dignity on both sides, likely reduced the overall cost, and helped me learn and grow so that I can move forward with the next phase of my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Holly based on her legal, interpersonal, and process skills for people seeking a collaborative divorce.
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Posted by Diane | February 23, 2011
Rock Star
From our first meeting, Holly was knowledgeable,professional, and inspired great confidence in her abilities. I knew she always had my best interests in mind as her top priority. She not only served as my legal representative in my collaborative divorce case, but also as my coach and counselor as needed. Her expertise and experience in the field of collaborative law were fully evident every time we met. Her services are worth every penny.
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Posted by Diane | June 3, 2010
Collaborative Divorce
This was one of the most difficult times in my life and Holly helped me through it. She not only watched out for me legally, but emotionally as well. I chose to use the collaborative divorce process hoping to maintain some sort of relationship with my ex-husband for the sake of our kids. There were definitely times when I just wanted to say "forget it", but I was able to talk with Holly and she would remind me of how far we had gotten, what we still had left to do and how I could chose to conduct myself so I could get to my end goal. I feel that Holly helped me ask for what I needed in my divorce and to stand up for myself. In the end I got a divorce that feels fair and equitable, and although the process was long and painful at times, I couldn't imagine going through it without Holly's help and guidance. Holly was referred to me by a friend of a friend, and if someone came to me asking for a name I wouldn't hesitate giving them Holly's.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2011
Long on process, short on client advocacy
Holly was my counsel during my collaborative divorce which took most of 2009 to complete. Mine was a difficult but not impossible case to resolve via the collaborative process, and I was more committed to and ready for a collaborative divorce than my spouse was. I now realize that one spouse can be ready for and committed to the collaborative process while the other is not. Holly did not recognize this that my spouse was not ready, and neither did I. Holly also did not recognize the manipulative and deceptive strategy and tactics that my spouse employed to use the collaborative process (and my good nature) to her advantage. Holly should have seen through this based on her level of intelligence and experience. Holly is intelligent and very knowledgeable regarding collaborative law, but she was more committed to the collaborative process itself and achieving a joint resolution that she was with me - her client! She was not an advocate for my custodial rights as a parent and didn't stand firm on several issues during the financial settlement and parenting plan negotiations. As a result, in 2010 I was forced to seek out and employ new/traditional legal counsel and go through the dispute resolution process (up to and including mediation) to revise some parts of the parenting plan that were not in my best interests. This has proven time consuming and expensive. Holly should have guarded and advocated the rights of her client (me) and she didn't. I would NOT recommend you retain Holly as your counsel if you believe your soon-to-be ex-spouse is not fully capable of playing fairly within the limits of the collaborative divorce process, or if you want/need an attorney that is an advocate/champion for her client.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Casey Gordon Davis
  • 1990 - 1996


  • Harvard University Law School
  • 2008
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Professional Mediation Skills Certificate
  • 2003
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Family Law Skills Certificate
  • 1992
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 1989
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • 1987
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
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  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Institute
  • Founding Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Stories of Autism
  • Founding Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • President-Elect/Founding Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Eastside Collaborative Family Law
  • Co-chair/Founding Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • King County Bar Association- Collaborative Law Section
  • Founding Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Urban Liason
  • Collaborative Law: Focus on the Future
  • 2010
  • WSBA ADR Section Newsletter
  • Inviting the Dialogue
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Collaborative Law
  • 2009
  • Annual CPW Conference
  • Collaborative Law- Advanced Topics
  • 2009
  • Annual CPW Conference
  • Collaborative Law Advanced Topics
  • 2008
  • Skills Training
  • Collaborative Law- Intro/Advanced
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Holly over the course of several years while she and I were officers and directors of Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW). Holly is highly committed to advancing collaborative practice for divorce. She has demonstrated to me her high levels of knowledge, energy, and commitment to excellence in collaborative practice. In addition, she is just simply one of those "very nice people" that you just cannot help but to like. In my opinion, collaborative practice should be the process of choice for many, if not most divorces, and Holly would be an excellent choice as one of the collaborative attorneys to guide a couple through the process."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Holly on numerous collaborative and cooperative cases. She is an excellent technical attorney and highly knowledgeable in her field, as well as extremely compassionate and dedicated to her clients. This, along with her ability to find the win-win solutions, makes her the ideal collaborative attorney and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I can say, without the slightest hesitation, that Holly Hohlbein is the finest collaborative lawyer I have practiced with. Her combination of legal acumen, compassion and efficiency are unmatched, in my experience. She's 5-star in my book."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Holly has a wealth of experience in practice and I have seldom worked with anyone in town with such a good combination of people skills, legal knowledge and practical common sense. If you're looking for a collaborative lawyer, Holly is the best choice around."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Holly is an intelligent, hard-working, devoted, and considerate Collaborative Law attorney who is focused on helping her clients reach informed and durable agreements. I highly endorse Holly's work."
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Santa Rosa Family Lawyer Holly Hohlbein Wotherspoon
Holly Hohlbein Wotherspoon
Family Attorney
Santa Rosa, CA
Licensed for 32 years