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Sophia R. Holley


Sophia Holley advocates for a wide variety of business clients, including large financial institutions and other business clients both inside and outside the Cincinnati area. She has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, including depositions, oral argument, motion practice, written discovery, trial preparation, trials, and appellate litigation. Sophia has successful first-chair trial experience to both the jury and the bench, and has tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout the country. Sophia devotes a portion of her practice to employment litigation, and has successfully represented both employees and employers in non-compete disputes. Sophia also represents companies and individuals in real estate litigation, and has obtained favorable results for her clients in litigation surrounding real estate, eminent domain, zoning disputes, and real estate taxation.

Sophia serves on the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee, and is an active member of the Gender Equity Committee of the Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, which was created to increase the number of female attorneys (and, by extension, young attorneys in general) who argue in court. Prior to attending law school, Sophia advocated in the non-profit sector as the Communications & Outreach Coordinator at the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky. She was also a founding member of the executive planning committee for Louisville’s Stand Down/Project Homeless Connect, an event which provides resources to homeless veterans. Sophia has fenced with the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, and is the former president of the University of Kentucky Taekwondo club.

Representative Matters

  • Defense of directors in action alleging ERISA breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction.
  • Defense of corporate client against federal security fraud claims relating to stock sales in the Sixth Circuit.
  • Representation of Cincinnati-based financial institution in defense of alleged federal and state statutory claims.
  • Representation of national logistics trucking company in breach of contract claims in Ohio and Kentucky.
  • Successfully represented appellee in a Kentucky administrative appeal.
  • Representation in Ninth Circuit appeal for breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Handling discovery (both in litigation and in response to third-party subpoenas) for clients who want to comply with their obligations while reducing business interruption and expense.

Awards & Recognitions

  • YWCA Rising Star, 2018


Professional & Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, Gender Equity Committee, 2018
  • Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2018
  • The Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, 2018-19
  • United Way BOLD Leadership, 2017
  • Cincy Next, Class 1
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Economic Empowerment Committee, 2010
  • AmeriCorps Disability Accessibility, Bluegrass Area Regional Development District, 2009
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
One East Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati OH 45202
TEL: (513) 579-6592
FAX: (513) 579-6457
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Blog Contributions

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2013, Order of the Coif, Law Review Executive Board
  • B.A., University of Kentucky, 2008, magna cum laude