Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorney Sophia Holley Honored at the Federal Bar Association’s Inaugural PLEDGE Event

Sophia R. Holley, an attorney in the Litigation Group at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®) will be one of eight women lawyers recognized at the inaugural Promoting Lawyer Excellence & Driving Gender Equity (PLEDGE) reception on January 30, 2020, hosted by the Gender Equity Task Force of the John W. Peck Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. 

This inaugural event will recognize the professional success of 8 exceptional women lawyers in the greater Cincinnati area. The honorees were selected from a number of talented nominees, based on the following criteria: women with 4-8 years of legal experience who demonstrate exceptional legal talent, exemplify the standards and professionalism one expects from an attorney, and exhibits a commitment and dedication to the workplace and/or community.

Holley 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. She helped to drive the creation of a CLE series that focuses on making changes to improve the participation and advancement of women in the profession. She also serves on the KMK Law’s Women’s Initiative Committee – a sub-committee of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee that was established to encourage and support a culture that promotes equality in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women attorneys.

Holley advocates for a wide variety of business clients, including large financial institutions and other business clients both inside and outside the Cincinnati area. Holley has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, including depositions, oral argument, motion practice, written discovery, trial preparation, trials, and appellate litigation. Holley 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. She devotes a portion of her practice to employment litigation, and has successfully represented both employees and employers in non-compete disputes. Holley 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.

Holley earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013, Order of the Coif, Law Review Executive Board.  Prior to attending law school, she advocated in the non-profit sector as the Communications & Outreach Coordinator at the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky. Holley 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. Holley earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2008, magna cum laude. Holley is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes—from Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2019 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, General Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, and Bankruptcy & Restructuring. KMK Law earned five National Rankings in Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Project Finance, Law and Venture Capital Law and 39 Metropolitan Rankings in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publication of its 2020 “Best Law Firms” Report. Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 120 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at

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