Shawn Holley is a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump
& Aldisert LLP, a boutique entertainment and business litigation firm
in Santa Monica. She began her career as a Los Angeles County Public
Defender, handling hundreds of serious criminal cases from inception to
trial. She was the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of The
Cochran Firm and the head of its national Criminal Defense Section.
With more than sixty trials to her credit, Ms. Holley is the rare trial
attorney who practices in the areas of both civil and criminal
litigation. She was a highly visible member of the O.J. Simpson
defense team and worked closely with Mr. Cochran on a number of high-profile
civil and criminal cases when the firm was known as The Law Offices of Johnnie
L. Cochran, Jr.
Ms. Holley most recently represented Lindsay Lohan, Nicole
Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, the Kardashian sisters, Shemar Moore,
and “CSI” star, Gary Dourdan, in their highly-publicized court cases. Her
clients have included accused Symbionese Liberation Army bomber Sara Jane
Olson, celebrated Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt, entertainers Michael
Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Axl Rose, Jesse McCartney and
athletes Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Reggie Bush.
Ms. Holley was chief legal correspondent for the E! Network
and was a featured legal analyst on its nightly coverage of the Michael Jackson
trial which was broadcast internationally. Ms. Holley was the on-air
legal analyst for KABC Eyewitness News in Los Angeles for several years
and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PrimeTime
Live, Court TV, Fox News and CNN. She was a featured lawyer on Fox
TV’s Power of Attorney for two seasons and the judge on MTV’s The
Verdict, a Leeza Gibbons production.
Ms. Holley also regularly serves as a visiting faculty
lecturer at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
at Yeshiva University in New York City and is a guest speaker on high-profile
litigation, women in the law and the representation of “celebrity” clients.
Ms. Holley is a Los Angeles native who attended the
University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern University School of