Colin C. Holley

(949) 852-6700
Colin Holley’s practice focuses on the litigation of complex business disputes for clients in a broad range of industries, including construction and real estate. Colin handles matters involving contract disputes, real property, unfair competition, intellectual property, and trade secret misappropriation. He has extensive experience in trials and appeals of matters in federal and state courts, and arbitration and mediation.  Prior to joining Watt, Tieder, Colin was a partner in the boutique litigation firm he co-founded, HamptonHolley LLP.  Colin was also formerly at Piper Rudnick (later merged into DLA Piper) and Preston Gates & Ellis (later merged into K&L Gates).

Colin holds an “AV Preeminent” rating for professional abilities and ethical standards with Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. 

Colin’s legal leadership roles include serving as an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, and formerly serving as a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Client Relations Committee.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association – Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee

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)

Publications & Presentations

  • Author: “Contract And IP Implications Of Design Professionals Monetizing Non-Fungible Tokens Comprising Digital Construction Designs,” Watt Tieder Newsletter, Fall 2022.
  • Author: “A Closer Look At The Coronavirus Pandemic As A Force Majeure Event‑Case Precedent Can Complicate The Interpretation Of Seemingly Simple Force Majeure Clauses,” American Bar Association, TIPS Publications, FSLC Committee Newsletter, March 2020.
  • Co-Author: “Force Majeure: Navigating The Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic,” Watt Tieder Newsletter, Spring 2020.
  • Co-Speaker: “Force Majeure: Navigating The Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic on Contract Performance Obligations,” webinar, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, March 2020.
  • Co-Author: “Trailblazing California Consumer Privacy Protection Act Requires Review of Data Policies and Procedures Nationwide,” Watt Tieder Newsletter, Fall 2019.
  • Author: “Intellectual Property And Employment Law Best Practices: Are You Covering Your Bases In Protecting Construction-Related Trade Secrets?” Watt Tieder Newsletter, Spring 2019.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation


  • 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 9th  Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit