Ms. Holland graduated from Vermont Law School, cum laude. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Vermont state courts, the U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee, and the Fifth and Sixth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. She is also licensed with the U.S. Supreme Court. Following law school Ms. Holland worked as a judicial law clerk for four State of Vermont trial courts. Later, Holland was the first legal counsel to the Vermont Water Resources Board (1990-91), and Interim Executive Officer for the Board (October 1990-May 1991). Once in Memphis, she was the Senior Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jon Phipps McCalla (1992-1995), held an Associate position in a mid-sized Memphis firm (1995-1997), and, following that, became a member and owner of Holland & Associates, PC.
Holland & Associates, PC represents current and former employees with legal problems, including employment discrimination (race, gender/sex, age, disability, national origin, etc. claims), severance agreements, non-compete agreements, breach of contract, and other employment-related issues. She negotiates, litigates, and has appeared before state and Federal Courts and a number of administrative bodies including the Memphis Civil Service Commission, State of Tennessee Civil Service, EEOC, EEOC Federal Sector Mediation and Hearings, AAA Arbitrations, FMCS (Federal) Arbitrations. Holland practices law with an emphasis on problem-solving. This more client-needs focused approach is known as holistic law. She is former Chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section and Wellness Committee. Currently, Holland is President of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA) and is a board member of the National Employment Lawyer Association. She also serves as a Special Judge in Shelby County’s General Sessions Court (civil) on an as-needed basis.
Holland gained notoriety for her involvement in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark civil rights case in which the fundamental right to marry was guaranteed to same-sex couples. Holland was a member of the Tennessee plaintiffs’ legal team in Tanco v. Haslam, which was combined at the U.S. Supreme Court as Obergefell.
Yvette H. Kirk (Junior Partner)
Yvette H. Kirk, graduated from American University in Washington, DC (2010) and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2013). She is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee, Supreme Court of Tennessee, and U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She joined Holland & Associates, PC in 2013. She is a member of the Memphis Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. She currently sits as secretary on the MBA’s Wellness Committee, and authors articles and presents on attorney health and wellness.