Colin C. Holley

Colin Holley’s practice focuses on the litigation of complex business disputes, including matters involving commercial law, real property, unfair competition, intellectual property, trade secret misappropriation, labor and employment law, and appellate advocacy.  His practice involves trial and arbitration of matters in federal and state courts nationwide.  Prior to joining Watt, Tieder, Colin was for over a decade a partner in the boutique litigation firm he co-founded, HamptonHolley LLP.  Colin was also formerly at DLA Piper where he practiced business and intellectual property litigation and was part of a team that managed and litigated software piracy actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States.


  1. General Information


    • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Williams College, B.A., 1991

    Bar Admissions

    • California

    Court Admissions

    • All U.S. District Courts for the State of California
    • All California State Courts
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  2. Memberships & Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Orange County Bar Association – Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
  3. Notable Published Decisions
    • ABF Capital Corp. v. Grove Properties Co., 126 Cal. App. 4th 204 (2005)
    • Magic Kitchen LLC, et al. v. Good Things International, Inc. et al., 153 Cal. App. 4th 1144 (2007)
    • JL Beverage Company, LLC v. Jim Beam Brands Co., 828 F.3d 1098 (9th Cir. 2016)