David Holman

Partner
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Biography

David Holman is a founding partner of Crisham & Holman LLC and represents clients in natural resources litigation, white collar and securities investigations and litigation, and general business litigation. By crafting fact and expert strategies, David positions complex, high-stakes cases for successful resolution through favorable settlement, dispositive motions, trial, or arbitration. He has extensive trial and discovery experience, including examinations of key fact and expert witnesses and oral advocacy.

Before founding Crisham & Holman, David was co-chair of the Trial Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Directly after law school, Mr. Holman clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Santa Fe, New Mexico before joining Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. During law school, David interned for the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

David is admitted to practice in Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma, and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, the District of Montana, the District of North Dakota, and the Western District of Oklahoma. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits. David is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

In 2021, David was named to the 40 Under 40 Hotlist by Benchmark Litigation for Colorado and the West in the area of Commercial Litigation. Mr. Holman serves as the chairman of the board of trustees for the Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Victory, an independent Catholic classical high school in the Denver metro area.

Representative Matters

Trials & Arbitrations

  • As lead counsel, obtained an arbitration award for a mobile telecommunications company in an international arbitration proceeding against a Kenyan media company.*
  • Obtained an arbitration award for an international mining company against an engineering firm in a breach of contract dispute arising from the construction and design of a mill; served as second chair for the three-week arbitration hearing.*
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for an automotive component part manufacturer in a products liability dispute after jury trial in Colorado state court; served as second chair for the two-week trial.*
  • Obtained an arbitration award for an exploration and production company in a royalty dispute under Colorado law; served as second chair for the three-day arbitration hearing.*
  • Obtained a favorable verdict for an automotive component part manufacturer after a two-week jury trial in Colorado state court.*

Natural Resources Litigation

  • As lead counsel, obtained withdrawal of opposing party's motion for preliminary injunction, and a satisfactory resolution, on behalf of exploration and production company defending against non-operating working interest owner's request for client's removal as operator under joint operating agreement.
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution for exploration and production company against putative class action royalty claims under Oklahoma law in Colorado federal court, including class certification and the court's settlement approval.
  • Counsel to public exploration and production company defending breach of contract and trade secrets claims in Oklahoma federal court.
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution on behalf of an exploration and production company in a contract dispute with a midstream company in arbitration under Colorado law.*
  • Counsel to exploration and production companies regarding midstream agreements.*
  • Obtained a summary judgment for an exploration and production company in royalty dispute in Wyoming state court.*
  • Obtained summary judgment for an exploration and production company against putative class action royalty claims in Colorado federal court.*
  • Counsel in Colorado real property disputes, including eminent domain actions to an exploration and production company.*
  • Secured a forum non conveniens dismissal of premises liability claims brought by dozens of former employees against a North American supermajor oil company in Delaware state court.*

White-Collar/Securities Investigations & Litigation

  • Led client’s response to federal grand jury subpoena, including internal investigation, employee interviews, board counseling, risk assessment and compliance advice.*
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution for a manufacturer in defense of criminal and civil False Claims Act allegations.*
  • Counsel to clients defending civil and regulatory actions alleging securities law violations.*
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution for investors in a corporate governance and securities fraud dispute; Mr. Holman served as first chair for a full-day preliminary injunction hearing.*

General Business Litigation

  • Counsel to technology company defending former executive's claims for fraudulent concealment, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duties in Colorado federal court.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a bankruptcy proceeding based on the debtor’s bad faith filing.*
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution to a breach of contract dispute on behalf of a Montana manufacturer serving the oil field services industry in Montana state court.*
  • Obtained a satisfactory resolution to a breach of contract and intellectual property dispute on behalf of a manufacturer in Colorado federal court.*
  • Successfully removed to federal court dozens of lawsuits composed of more than 3,000 plaintiffs under the “mass action” provision of the Class Action Fairness Act.*

* Representative matters handled prior to founding Crisham & Holman LLC.

Experience
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Associate 2014-2017, Partner 2018-2021
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Associate 2010-2014
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Paul J. Kelly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2009-2010
Education

College of William & Mary, Marshall Wythe Law School

  • J.D., 2006 - 2009
  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Notes Editor, William & Mary Law Review

University of Chicago

  • M.A., Social Sciences, 2003 - 2004

Providence College

  • B.A., History, 1999 - 2003
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Cowl
Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Articles & Speeches
  • Chapter, “Express and Implied Warranties in Construction Law,” Practitioners Guide to Colorado Construction Law (CBA/CLE, 2021, 2018 editions)
  • Chapter, “Production of Documents and Electronically-Stored Information,” Discovery in Colorado (CBA/CLE, 2021, 2018 editions)
  • Webinar, “The New Normal Deposition: Adding Remote Depositions to Your Skill Set During COVID-19,” with Elise Reecer, CBA-CLE (July 22, 2020)
  • Webinar, “The New Normal Deposition: Adding Remote Depositions to Your Skill Set During COVID-19,” with Elise Reecer, Faculty of Federal Advocates (May 13, 2020)
  • “Remote Depositions in the Time of COVID-19,” DGS Legal Alert (April 20, 2020)
  • “COVID-19 Court Closures & Guidance,” DGS Legal Alert (March 26, 2020)
  • “Specific Personal Jurisdiction: The Unanswered Questions,” Law360, July 14, 2017
  • “New Opportunities for Cost-Effective E-Discovery Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Law Week Colorado, May 25, 2015
  • “Violent Crimes and Known Associates: The Residual Clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act,” 43 Connecticut Law Review 209 (2010)

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