Patricia L. (Trish) Holland is a Shareholder of the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a native North Carolinian. She is the Firm's North Carolina Litigation Manager. She concentrates her practice in the area of employment-related litigation and counseling on behalf of management.
Ms. Holland has litigated cases before state and federal courts and various administrative agencies on behalf of management, including claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, civil rights, breach of contract, wrongful discharge and wage-hour claims. Ms. Holland is a first-chair litigator, with trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as appellate experience in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Ms. Holland also provides advice and counseling on employee hiring and departure issues, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and litigates non-compete matters. She counsels employers on various employment law matters and the development and implementation of preventive employment practices. She also conducts investigations for employers who have received complaints of harassment and discrimination.
Ms. Holland is also recognized for her expertise in public personnel law, and regularly represents cities, towns and counties in constitutional tort litigation. She frequently advises municipalities on matters related to due process claims, public records law and open meetings law.
In addition to her employment and litigation practice, Ms. Holland is an experienced mediator of employment disputes, having trained in alternative dispute resolution at Duke University and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. In that capacity, Ms. Holland assists parties in resolving litigation and employment disputes prior to trial.
Ms. Holland is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected as one of the top 10 attorneys and top 50 female attorneys in the State of North Carolina by North Carolina Super Lawyers and one of the best lawyers in America in her field by legal publications. Ms. Holland was also ranked as a top tier attorney in 2012 and 2013 by Chambers USA.
Ms. Holland received her B.A., cum laude, from the Wittenberg University in 1976 and earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University in 1979 (Wake Forest Law Review and Moot Court Board 1977-79).
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Recognized as one of North Carolina's Legal Elite in the field of Employment Law for the seventh straight year, and as top employment law attorney in the state in 2006
•Recognized in Chambers USA as one of the leading employment lawyers in North Carolina
•Selected by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly to receive a 2012 Women of Justice Business Practitioner award
•Selected by “Triangle Business Journal” as a 2011 Women in Business Award recipient.
•Member of Board of Directors of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, Inc. of the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine
•Selected by Business Leader Magazine as a 2008 Woman Extraordinaire, an honor extended to 10 top women business leaders in the Triangle community
•Selected as a Triangle Impact Human Resources and Staffing Leader in 2008
•Selected as one of the top 10 attorneys in the State of North Carolina by North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
•Selected as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the State of North Carolina by North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Selected as a Charter fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society
•Named to The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2013 editions, in the field of Labor and Employment Law and in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution
•Graduate of Harvard University's Advanced Negotiation course sponsored by the Harvard Negotiation Project
•Officer -- Dispute Resolution Section Council of North Carolina Bar Association
•Charter Member -- North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators
•Member -- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•Member (and former Co-Chair) of the Eastern District of North Carolina Local Rules Committee -- Civil Subcommittee
•Member of the North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, 2009 through 2011
•North Carolina State Bar Councilor, 2002 through 2007
•Member -- Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Employment Law Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee)
•Founding Member -- Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court -- Master Level
•Former Assistant United States Attorney -- Eastern District of North Carolina
Articles Strategies for a Successful Employment Law Mediations
Manuscript for presentation at the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Meeting (October 2011) [Author] Violence in the Workplace: Protecting Employees and Your Clients Businesses
North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (July 2010) [Author] Employers Should Be on the Lookout for Harassment Claims
Business North Carolina Magazine (June 2010) [Author] Job-Candidate Selection and the Internet
Business North Carolina Magazine (June 2008) [Author] Love is in the Air: Dealing with Workplace Romance
Business North Carolina Magazine (June 2004) [Author] E-Mail, Voice Mail and the Internet: Employer Liability for Employees' Acts
Business North Carolina Magazine (October 2002) [Author]
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Business North Carolina Magazine [Co-Author]