CHRISTOPHER A. HOLLAND practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors' rights, employment law, environmental litigation, and university law. He is licensed to practice in a number of tribal courts, and has been nationally recognized in the field of Indian law. His university law practices focuses on state universities, and spans the wide array of matters that educational clients require, from constitutional law issues to contract disputes. In his environmental practice, Chris has experience in solid waste permitting. Chris represents primarily employers in his employment law practice, which covers matters including termination, employee handbook issues, reductions in workforce, and employee discipline. Chris also serves in the New Mexico National Guard with the rank of major. Prior to joining the Sutin Firm, Chris clerked for New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Pamela B. Minzner.
State ex rel Board of Regents of Eastern New Mexico University v. Baca, 189 P.3d 663 (2008) — Original action in the Supreme Court of New Mexico in which the Board of Regents of a state university sought a writ of prohibition against a state district court. The Supreme Court granted the writ and ordered the defendant district court to transfer the action to the district court in another county where the state university was located. This case decided the meaning of a clause in the State Constitution that confers appellate jurisdiction in the district courts over "inferior tribunals" in the district. The Supreme Court held that an administrative bid protest proceeding at the plaintiff university was an "inferior tribunal," as that term appears in the State Constitution. Therefore, appellate jurisdiction over the bid protest vested exclusively in the district court where the university was located.