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About Holt Law

Experience and Understanding. Dedicated to the Practice of Affordable and Effective Representation and Dispute Resolution. 

Serving all of Connecticut, Holt Law was founded to advance the philosophy that effective advocacy, mutual understanding, assisted communication and affordability can all be achieved together

Attorney Holt has been academically and professionally involved in some aspect of mediation and alternative dispute resolution for over 15 years. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Labor Relations/Studies, minoring in Philosophy; and then from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, completing the Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution concentration. As part of his course of studies he completed full semester course work and multiple externship placements in the areas of employment, organized labor and collective bargaining negotiation as well as family and community mediation. He has also represented and advised corporate and government clients who were engaged in alternative dispute resolution processes.

Over the years he has participated in the mediation and negotiation of hundreds of disputes, encompassing a broad spectrum of legal issues, from complex contract and corporate disputes, to employment, labor and family law. He began mediating for a non-profit which supported the facilitation of victim and offender dialogue in criminal court cases in the Waterbury and Bridgeport Geographic Area courts. Within that organization he also functioned as a case manager, receiving referrals and vetting certain community conflict for possible mediation while assigning appropriate mediators.

For the next 7 years he mediated, facilitated and evaluated hundreds of contested financial, property and child custody disputes as a State of Connecticut Judicial Branch appointed Family Relations Counselor in the New Haven Superior Court. As a Family Relations Counselor he underwent extensive training in the areas of child psychological development, mediation, parenting plan development, custody evaluations and domestic violence risk assessment amongst others.

In 2013 he left his position within the Judicial Branch, venturing out into private legal practice for a rapidly expanding multi state insurance policy holder litigation law firm. There, in addition to traditional litigation and advising individuals, municipalities, corporations and insurance brokers about coverage issues and appropriate corporate risk transfer, he also counseled some of the nation’s largest construction companies through the successful mediation of multi-million-dollar insurance coverage disputes; disputes involving complex overlapping contractual obligations and potential multiparty liability payment scenarios.

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Attorney Holt returned to his “roots” in family law, where he took on appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem, as well as litigating and mediating as an associate in a primarily family law private practice in New Haven.

Most recently Attorney Holt founded his own firm, Holt Law LLC, based in Woodbridge. His new practice is focused primarily on co-parenting coordination, collaborative family law, mediation and broader dispute resolution pursuits. 

In his various roles in both the public and private sector, he has had the pleasure and good fortune to represent a myriad of private individuals across the socio-economic spectrum, as well as small business owners, religious communities and billion-dollar corporations. At its core, however, the heart of his work has always been the continuing belief in the development of skills which advance the central principles of mediation and alternative dispute resolution; specifically, the ultimate value of facilitated self-determination.

Bar Admissions:

State of Connecticut 

Connecticut Federal District Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Academic Positions:

  • Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, teaching Divorce and the Divorcing Family

  • Co-Supervisor of the Quinnipiac University School of Law CHRO Mediation Externship program

  • Past Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University: taught Negotiation in the Legal Studies program

Trainings & Activities:

  • 40 hour family law mediation training with the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce 

  • CT Judicial Branch & CCPA Qualified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL/AMC) training class, 2011 

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: 55th Annual Conference: Compassionate Family Court: The Role of Trauma-Informed Jurisprudence: June 6-9, 2018 

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: 49th Annual Conference: Attachment, Brain Science and Children of Divorce: The ABCDs of Child Development for Family Law June 6-9, 2012 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Board member: Connecticut Mediation Association 

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 

  • Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND): Staff Development Committee 

  • Connecticut Bar Association 

  • New Haven County Bar Association 

  • Mentor/Coach Quinnipiac University School of Law client-counseling competition and negotiation teams

  • Served as a Special Master in family law cases in New Haven Superior Court 

  • Co-director of the boys’ program and coach for the North Haven Youth Lacrosse Club 

Education:

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT. J.D. ~2006

    • Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution concentration

    • Judge F. Owen Eagan Annual Book Award for graduating student demonstrating the most promise in the field of Dispute Resolution.

    • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award: Employment Discrimination

  • Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA. B.S. Labor Studies, Philosophy minor ~ 2001

    • ​The Comey (Labor Studies) Institute Academic Scholarship