Holley Horrell blends creativity and pragmatism to reach the best resolution for the matter at hand. In formal litigation, she draws on her strong writing skills and a deep understanding of the courts.

Holley has helped corporate and individual clients get the answers they need, develop and execute strategies, and achieve results in a variety of practice areas. Her practice includes trademark and copyright counseling and litigation, securities and class-action defense, and complex commercial litigation. She also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Before attending law school, Holley worked in product development for a major U.S. retailer. She brings that business experience and retail market background to bear in working with client stakeholders and in intellectual property matters.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a major manufacturer when a former customer sued for $22 million claiming an implied contract to create custom security equipment and related software. The federal court granted summary judgment on the plaintiff’s claims and awarded our client $1.6 million on a counterclaim. 
  • On appeal, obtained a complete reversal in favor of our client in a case involving complex statutory interpretation.
  • Defended a company in a multi-million dollar class action in the energy sector that settled on the eve of trial.
  • Represented an individual defendant in an insider-trading investigation that resolved by settlement neither admitting nor denying wrongdoing.
  • Defended the former Chairman/CEO of a multi-billion dollar company in an investigation that closed without the filing of a complaint.
  • Counseled a Fortune 100 studio with regard to potential copyright and trademark claims.
  • In a pro bono representation, successfully petitioned the Army Discharge Review Board to upgrade the discharge status of a veteran to Honorable.
  • Represented officers of a company in a shareholder suit that settled within insurance limits.
  • Successfully applied to the VA for two pro bono clients to receive disability compensation for service-connected disabilities.


  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Minnesota

Professional & Community Affiliations


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers 
  • The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court


  • Children's Law Center, Board Member (present)
  • Girls on the Run Twin Cities
    • Board Member and Co-Chair of Associate Board (present)
    • Special Events Committee Member (2016-2019)
  • Fourth Generation (a program of the Minneapolis Foundation), Volunteer Grantmaker (2017-2018)
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of Copyright and Trademark committee (2014-2015); Co-Chair of Washington in the West committee (2013-2014)

Thought Leadership



  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility for IP Attorneys – Know When to Say "No," Midwest IP Institute, Minnesota CLE, Panelist (October 2020)
  • Art & the Law (or IP 101 for Artists), Graduate colloquium class for Master of Fine Art students at the Department of Art, the University of Maryland, College Park (May 2020)
  • IP (P)review: An All-Star Opinion (Analyzing the Converse Decision on Trade Dress), Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench & Bar Dialogue, Minneapolis (April 2019)
  • Religion in the Workplace – Duties to Accommodate and the Consequences of Not Doing So, 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE (May 2018)


  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021-2022)
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2020-2021)
  • Recognized as Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2019)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2018-2019)
  • Appointed to a Merit Selection Panel by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim to advise the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota on the reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung (July 2018)
  • Featured in a “Pro Bono Spotlight” by the Inner City Law Center of Los Angeles, CA, for her pro bono representation of veterans (Sept. 2015)
  • Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance in Federal Litigation (Spring 2010)


  • French (fluent)
  • Mandarin (familiar)


Practice Areas


J.D., Stanford Law School; Editor-in-Chief and Symposium Chair, Stanford Technology Law Review

B.A., Duke University, English with minors in Art History and Mandarin, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Writer and Senior Editor, The Chronicle


U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Joan N. Ericksen, Law Clerk

Irell & Manella, Associate