Biography

Sophia Holley, a partner in the firm's Litigation Group, 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 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 has successfully represented clients in real estate litigation, obtaining favorable results for her clients in litigation surrounding real estate, eminent domain, zoning disputes, and real estate taxation. She also has trial experience in both defending and prosecuting hearings for preliminary injunctive relief, including the successful representation of both employees and employers in non-compete disputes.

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. Sophia earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013, Order of the Coif, Law Review Executive Board and earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2008, magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky.

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. 

Representative Work

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.

Professional and 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

Awards & Recognition

Promoting Lawyer Excellence & Driving Gender Equality (PLEDGE) Honoree, John W. Peck Cincinnati-NKY Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2019

YWCA Rising Star, 2018

News & Resources

Publications

Blogs

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Education

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

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