Honors & Awards

  • U.S. News & World Report, “The Best Lawyers in America,” (2013-Present)
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (2014)
  • Trinity Praeses Elit Award,” Dublin University Law Society (2013)
  • “Outstanding Alumnus,” Southwestern Law School Black Law Students Association (2013)
  •  “Power Lawyer,” The Hollywood Reporter (2011, 2012)
  • “Top Women Lawyers in 2012,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (2012)

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Shawn Holley is a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump 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.

Among others, Ms. Holley has represented or currently represents Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, the Kardashian/Jenner family, Katt Williams, Shemar Moore, accused Symbionese Liberation Army bomber Sara Jane Olson, celebrated Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Axl Rose, Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Lamar Odom 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.

For the past 20 years, Ms. Holley has taught trial advocacy at Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Yeshiva University in New York City. She is a frequent speaker on high-profile litigation, women in the law and the representation of “celebrity” clients.

Ms. Holley was named a “Power Lawyer” in 2011 and 2012 by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2014, one of the Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and one of the Daily Journal’s 2015 Top Entertainment Lawyers. She was also named Southwestern Law School’s 2013 Outstanding Alumnus by the Black Law Students Association.

Ms. Holley is a Los Angeles native who attended the University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern University School of Law. She is married to Dorian Holley, a prominent and well-known vocalist and vocal director. They have three daughters Nayanna, Sasha and Olivia. She is a lover of books, music and SoulCycle.


Representative Matters

  • Represented actress Lindsay Lohan in three very high profile criminal cases arising out of an alleged altercation with her vehicle, alleged theft of jewelry, and allegedly leaving the scene of a vehicle accident.
  • Represented actress Nicole Richie effectuated in her second-time DUI case, in which Ms. Richie was accused of driving on the wrong side of the freeway. KWIKA effectuated a jail sentence of 82 minutes for Ms. Richie.
  • Represented Lost star, Michelle Rodriguez, in her second-time DUI case.
  • Represented Criminal Minds star, Shemar Moore, for whom DUI charges were dismissed upon the successful negotiation of a simple “speeding” charge.
  • Represented rapper The Game in a felony case in which the rapper was charged with using a firearm on a school ground.
  • Represented the minor son of a famous recording artist.  The mother of the girlfriend who caught the couple in bed together accused the son of raping his girlfriend.  KWIKA obtained dismissal of all charges.
  • Represented actress Lindsay Lohan in an alleged hit and run in front of a popular nightclub.  KWIKA successfully persuaded prosecutors in New York not to file charges against Ms. Lohan.
  • Represented Symbionese Liberation Army “soccer mom” Sara Jane Olson, including the filing of a writ of habeas corpus on her behalf, arising out of the “miscalculation” of Ms. Olson’s prison time credits which sent her back to prison days after having been released.

Practice Areas


Honors & Awards

  • U.S. News & World Report, “The Best Lawyers in America,” (2013-Present)
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (2014)
  • Trinity Praeses Elit Award,” Dublin University Law Society (2013)
  • “Outstanding Alumnus,” Southwestern Law School Black Law Students Association (2013)
  •  “Power Lawyer,” The Hollywood Reporter (2011, 2012)
  • “Top Women Lawyers in 2012,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal (2012)

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

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Shawn Holley Named to Daily Journal’s 2020 “Top Women Lawyers” List

The firm is proud to announce that Shawn Holley has been selected for inclusion on the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal's list of "Top Women Lawyers" for 2020....

August 20, 2020

Eleven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2021 “Best Lawyers;” One Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”

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Partners Zachary Elsea, Chad Fitzgerald, Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Gregory Korn, Michael Kump, Suann MacIsaac, Nick Soltman, Kristen Spanier, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top...

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The firm is pleased to note that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, and Suann MacIsaac were selected for inclusion in Variety’s coveted “Legal Impact Report” for...

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Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Top Women Attorneys”

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The firm is pleased to announce that Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac have been selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of the “Top Women Attorneys” for...

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KWIKA files countersuit over Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”

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KWIKA attorneys Larry Iser, Shawn Holley, and Allen Secretov have filed a countersuit on behalf of Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, and Justin “Yves” Rothman over Lizzo’s breakout song “Truth Hurts.”...

October 31, 2019

KWIKA Partner Shawn Holley to Co-Produce Legal Drama “Reasonable Doubt”

Shawn Holley will co-produce a new legal drama “Reasonable Doubt,” along with Kerry Washington and Larry Wilmore. The series about the US legal system was bought by ABC and is in...

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Shawn Holley and Mike Kump Named to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers” in California

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KWIKA is proud to announce that Shawn Holley and Mike Kump have been named to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal‘s “Top 100” list for 2019. The annual list,...

August 15, 2019

Nine KWIKA Attorneys Named 2020 “Best Lawyers”

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Partners Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Gregory Korn, Michael Kump, Suann MacIsaac, Nick Soltman, Kristen Spanier, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in...

April 10, 2019

Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named to Variety’s 2019 “Legal Impact Report”

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The firm is pleased to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, Chad Fitzgerald, Aaron Liskin and Nicholas Soltman were selected for inclusion in Variety's coveted "Legal...

December 13, 2018

Shawn Holley Profiled in Glamour Magazine

Shawn Holley was recently profiled in Mattie Kahn’s Glamour article “Shawn Holley Will Free You Now” for her work with client Kim Kardashian West in freeing Alice Marie Johnson, a...

December 12, 2018

Shawn Holley Named a ‘Hollywood Troubleshooter’ by The Hollywood Reporter

Shawn Holley has been selected for inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 20 “Hollywood Troubleshooters” list....

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Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2019 “Best Lawyers”

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Partners Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Gregory Korn, Michael Kump, Suann MacIsaac, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2019 edition of “The...

August 15, 2017

Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2018 “Best Lawyers”

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Partners Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Michael Kump, Jeremiah Reynolds, Suann MacIsaac, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers...

January 27, 2017

Larry Iser, Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac Recognized as 2017 Top “Super Lawyers”

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KWIKA is pleased to note that Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac are included on Thomson Reuters’ Southern California Top Women “Super Lawyers” list, and that Larry Iser and Suann MacIsaac...

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April 21, 2016

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KWIKA lands three spots on Super Lawyers ‘Top’ lists

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KWIKA is pleased to note that three of our partners have been named to Super Lawyers' annual "Top" lists for 2016. As noted on its website, "Super Lawyers is...

January 30, 2016

Shawn Holley to be portrayed by actress Angel Parker in ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson’

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Shawn Holley named one of 38 ‘Best Criminal Defense Attorneys’ in America

KWIKA is proud to announce that partner Shawn Holley has been named by LawNewz one of 38 "Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in America." Known for her work with high-profile...

January 20, 2016

Twelve at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2016

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that twelve of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers for 2016, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Alan Kossoff, Shawn Holley, Greg...

November 18, 2015

Daily Journal names three from KWIKA ‘Top Entertainment Lawyers’

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"There is a lot going on in Michael Jackson's afterlife." So said KWIKA founding partner Howard Weitzman when interviewed by the Daily Journal in connection with his inclusion on the Journal's...

August 19, 2015

Five KWIKA Attorneys Named 2016 ‘Best Lawyers’

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Partners Dale Kinsella, Michael Kump, Howard Weitzman, Lawrence Iser and Shawn Holley have been recognized as among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2016 edition of The Best...

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Ten at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2015

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that 10 of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers for 2015, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Alan Kossoff, Shawn Holley, Greg...

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Shawn Holley named to Daily Journal ‘Top 100’

KWIKA is proud to announce that partner Shawn Holley has been named one of the Daily Journal‘s “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for 2014.  The annual list published by California’s...

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Five at KWIKA named ‘Best Lawyers’ for 2015

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Seven at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2014

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A full 40 percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2014, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, Suann MacIsaac and Jonathan...

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When KWIKA partner Shawn Holley returned from Dublin, Ireland a few days ago, fresh from receiving Dublin University Law Society’s Trinity Praeses Elit Award (see the News item directly below...

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Shawn Holley honored by Dublin University Law Society

KWIKA partner Shawn Holley has been chosen to receive Dublin University Law Society’s Trinity Praeses Elit Award.  Established by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, the award is given to...

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KWIKA partner Shawn Holley was the keynote speaker at the orientation for first-year students at Southwestern Law School, urging the future attorneys to “find your passion in the law.”  As...

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Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013: Seven at KWIKA named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Thirty-five percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2013, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac. In the annual...

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Three from KWIKA among Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in America

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KWIKA is proud to announce that The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power Lawyers 2012 issue includes three of our attorneys:  Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley.  Now in its sixth year,...

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Shawn Holley named to Daily Journal ‘Top Women Lawyers’ roll

KWIKA is proud to announce that partner Shawn Holley has been named to the “Top Women Lawyers” list of the Daily Journal....

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Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2012. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale was recognized for...

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley are on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers 2011” list.  Dale and Howard were chosen for the...

June 16, 2011

Super Lawyers Magazine: Five at KWIKA Recognized

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Greg Korn, Jonathan Steinsapir, Greg Gabriel, Amber Holley and David Swift were named Rising Stars in Super Lawyers‘ 2011 edition. Greg K., Jonathan and Greg G. were recognized for their...

June 7, 2010

The Wrap: L.A. Law – A Who’s Who of Celebrity Attorneys

Shawn Holley was featured by TheWrap.com, known for its entertainment industry analysis and breaking Hollywood news, in an article by Dominic Patten about the attorneys Hollywood turns to when the chips...

May 13, 2010

Bloomberg: Reggie Bush’s Lawyer Holley Keeps L.A. Stars Out of Jail, Out of the News

Shawn Holley was profiled at Bloomberg.com in a May 13, 2010 article by Edvard Pettersson, in particular for her deft representation of New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush, and in...

May 10, 2010

Lawdragon: Lawyer Limelight – Shawn Holley

Shawn Holley was named to the fifth annual Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America guide for 2010 and was recently interviewed by Lawdragon’s John Ryan....

February 4, 2010

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2010. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale and Larry were...

June 25, 2007

New York Times: The Web Site Celebrities Fear

Shawn Holley is quoted in the New York Times in article titled “The Web Site Celebrities Fear.” Read Full Article...

June 22, 2007

TMZ.com: Moore Pleads No Contest — He Ain’t No Hilton

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