Richard F. Holley

Contact Info:
Rholley@nevadafirm.com
702.791.0308
Practice Groups:
Bankruptcy
Community Service:
Shade Tree Shelter
News About Richard:
Super Lawyers Magazine
Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
Best Lawyers in America
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite 2013
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Richard F. Holley is a named partner with the law firm of Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson and a member of the Firm’s executive management committee.  Mr. Holley has practiced law for the past 26 years in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Education
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1984
J.D., J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, 1987

Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of Nevada, 1987
State Courts of Nevada
U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations
State Bar of Nevada
Clark County Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
Special Assets Management Association (SAMA), Affiliate Member

Experience
Richard F. Holley is a named partner with the law firm of Holley, Driggs, Walch, Puzey & Thompson and a member of the Firm’s executive management committee.  Mr. Holley has practiced law for the past 26 years in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  With respect to his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Holley focuses primarily on creditor representation, including financial institutions, in complex Chapter 11 cases and in pre-bankruptcy workouts.  The pre-bankruptcy workouts frequently involve state court enforcement actions, including actions to appoint receivers for commercial real estate and foreclosure, actions to recover personal property collateral, breach of contract related claims and deficiency actions against borrowers and guarantors. Recent legislative changes to Nevada deficiency laws have made this area of practice particularly challenging and complex.  State court enforcement actions often involve defending financial institutions and lenders against lender liability related claims by borrowers and guarantors.  Mr. Holley also represents bankruptcy trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases.

In addition to his bankruptcy practice and related state court enforcement actions, Mr. Holley also has extensive experience handling commercial litigation matters, including trials and arbitrations in a wide range of commercial litigation disputes.  These matters include complex commercial disputes involving real estate, breach of contract, business torts, business operations, governance and control issues, and extraordinary remedies including temporary restraining orders, preliminary and permanent injunctions, as well a declaratory relief.

Education
Mr. Holley received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in International Relations with a minor in Japanese (1984) and his J.D. degree from the J. Reuben Clark School at Brigham Young University (1987) where he was a member of the Order of Barristers.

Bar and Court Admissions
Mr. Holley was admitted to practice in Nevada in 1987.  He is licensed to practice before all state courts of the State of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Speaking Engagements and Publications
Mr. Holley periodically writes and speaks on topics that include bankruptcy, business and commercial law, debtor’s rights and creditor’s remedies.

Community Invovement – Memberships and Affiliations
Mr. Holley was a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2003 through 2005.  During this time he served as Co-Chair of the Nevada Delegation and member of the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, the Admission Fund Committee and the Federal Court Security Committee.  While serving as a Lawyer Representative, Mr. Holley made presentations to the annual Circuit Bankruptcy Judges Conference and to the Ninth Circuit Committee on Pro Hac Vitae Representation regarding representation of pro se litigants in contested matters and adversary proceedings before bankruptcy courts.

In 2005 Mr. Holley was a founding member of the Pro Bono Project Mid-Case Bankruptcy Committee and continues to serve as a committee member.  Other members of the Committee include all of the bankruptcy judges for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada and the Director of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada.  The Committee was formed for the purpose of creating a program to assist debtors and creditors alike who are involved as pro se litigants in contested matters and adversary proceedings.  Mr. Holley also participates as a volunteer attorney for Legal Aid of Southern Nevada handling pro bono bankruptcy matters.

Mr. Holley is a 2006 graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Las Vegas, and was voted by the members of his class as the Class Valedictorian.

In 2010, Mr. Holley was a member of the Magistrate Selection Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.  Mr. Holley worked with other Committee members to screen applicants and submit recommendations to the Court to select replacement Magistrate Judges for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Holley served as the treasurer for the Bankruptcy Section of the Nevada Bar Association and served as Finance Co-Chair in 2012.

Mr. Holley currently serves as a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the American College of Bankruptcy.  The Committee evaluates applications and awards grants for pro bono projects throughout the United States.  He is also an Affiliate Member of the Special Assets Management Association (SAMA).

 Mr. Holley maintains membership in the State Bar of Nevada, the Clark County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Holley is also active in the Las Vegas community.  Mr. Holley served as a Board Member for The Shade Tree, a homeless women and children shelter, from 1999 through 2006.  During his tenure as a Board Member, Mr. Holley also served as the treasurer of The Shade Tree from 2003 to 2006.  Mr. Holley was an inaugural officer of The Shade Tree Endowment Board and has served as a Board Member for the Endowment since 2006.  Mr. Holley also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for The Shade Tree.  Finally, Mr. Holley has been an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

Recognitions
Mr. Holley was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in March 2011 and is only one of three practicing attorneys in the State of Nevada to receive this honor.  Mr. Holley is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, since 1996.  Mr. Holley is a long-time member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has been named as one of the top lawyers in the Mountain States by Super Lawyers in the categories of Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights since 2007.  Mr. Holley is also an Affiliate Member of the Special Assets Management Association.  Mr. Holley has been consistently recognized as one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in Las Vegas by a number of local publications.