Craig Holden


Craig Holden is a partner and national Co-Chair of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Practices. Mr. Holden’s practice includes a wide range of domestic and international commercial matters, with an emphasis on complex business transactions, intellectual property and unfair competition, investment and real estate deals, and high-stake or bet-the-company disputes. His clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurs to professional athletes and entertainment companies. Mr. Holden has been recognized in the “Best Lawyers in America” edition by his peers, as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal Corporation, repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters, named “Minority Power Broker” by Law360, named “Most Influential Black Lawyer” by Savoy Magazine, and “Advocate of the Year” by Public Counsel.

Mr. Holden is a skilled first-chair jury trial lawyer in federal and state courts, and is known for his cut-to-the-chase focus, and ability to simplify complex cases and develop winning strategies. He has also been effective in securing early victories through dispositive motion practice. As part of the firm’s crisis management practice group, he is also retained by companies or executives facing a government regulatory or white collar criminal investigation.  Having served as a general counsel, he knows the importance of providing cost-effective and results-oriented solutions for clients.

Mr. Holden has been a leader in legal, business and charitable organizations, and serves on a leadership council for the Rand Corporation, a non-partisan think-tank focused on cutting edge issues relating to business regulation and civic justice. 

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance
  • Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Government Relations

Additional Experience



United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • SoCal 50 Leadership Council, Rand Corporation 
  • Young President’s Organization 
  • Chancery Club of Los Angeles 
  • Life member, John M. Langston Bar Association 
  • Life member, California Association of Black Lawyers 
  • Board of Directors, Boulé Charitable Foundation, Gamma Zeta Chapter (past) 
  • Board of Directors, California Minority Counsel Program (past)
  • President, State Bar of California (past) 
  • Chairman, Courts Committee, Assoc. of Business Trial Lawyers, LA (past) 
  • Chairman, IP Litigation Committee, CA State Bar IP Section (past) 
  • Chairman, Council on Access & Fairness, State Bar of California (past) 
  • Board Member/Expert on Supplier Diversity, Insurance Diversity Taskforce, California Department of Insurance (past)
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (past) 
  • Judge, Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court (past)

Awards & Honors

  • “Best Lawyers in America,” Commercial Litigation
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” Daily Journal
  • Named “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters
  • “Advocate of the Year,” by Public Counsel
  • Leadership Award, Bench-Bar Coalition
  • “Most Influential Black Lawyer,” Savoy Magazine
  • “Minority Power Broker,”
  • Corporate Leadership Award, BWL of Los Angeles
  • Presidential Award, National Bar Association
  • “Top Litigators,” Los Angeles Business Journal

Professional Presentations

  •  Best Practices in Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Litigation, Lewis Brisbois 2017 webinar
  • Best Practices for Data & Privacy Breach, Hosted by Microsoft, Staples Center Los Angeles, February 2015
  • Access to Justice with Business to Business Litigation, by the UCLA-RAND Center for Law & Public Policy, RAND Corporation Campus, January 2015
  • Mistakes Litigators Make Representing Big Companies, National Bar Association, Doral Resort & Spa, Miami, FL, February 2012
  • Reducing Legal Costs with Cutting Edge Technology, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Harvard Club, New York, NY, December 2010
  • Nuts & Bolts on TROs, Injunctions & Seizure Orders, 35th Annual IP Institute, Silverado Country Club, Napa, CA, October 2010
  • Top Ten Winning Trial Strategies, Moderator, 29th Annual California Intellectual Property Institute (November 2004)
  • Strategies for Taking and Defending Expert and Lay Witness Depositions, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, St. Paul, MN (November 2003)


University of California, Hastings College of Law

Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts