James K. Holder is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees where he represents corporations and individuals in a broad range of complex business litigation, including product liability, mass torts, commercial litigation, personal injury, elder abuse, and breach of contract disputes. Mr. Holder has a particular emphasis in complex commercial litigation representing multi-national corporations involved in the sales, marketing, and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Mr. Holder’s practice also focuses on the defense of law firms, attorneys, and fiduciaries against malpractice, breach fiduciary duty, negligence and elder abuse allegations. Mr. Holder has also handled environmental and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Holder has achieved successful results for a wide range of clients in both State and Federal jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Mr. Holder earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law where he served as an Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. While in law school Mr. Holder also competed for Santa Clara Law in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, earning an award for Best Brief, which was re-published in the Pace Environmental Law Review.
Mr. Holder obtained his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he played first baseman and designated hitter on the Golden Bears’ NCAA Division I varsity baseball team earning three varsity letters and appearing in over 150 games.
U.S. District Courts, California
State Bar of California
Defense Research Institute
Current Chair, Membership Orientation, Drug & Medical Device Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Trial Academy
Bar Association of San Francisco
Past Chair, Barristers Club – Litigation Section
Mr. Holder is actively involved in service to the community as a member of the Board of Directors of The Guardsmen, a San Francisco non-profit organization which provides access to high quality education and outdoor activities for Bay Area inner-city youth. Mr. Holder has also previously served as the organization’s General Counsel and as co-chair of The Guardsmen Celebrity Dinner & Sports Auction in partnership with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.
Mr. Holder is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cal Baseball Foundation, a non-profit organization which was responsible for successfully securing reinstatement of the intercollegiate baseball program at the University of California, Berkeley after its elimination in 2010, and which is now dedicated to ensuring the permanent existence the baseball program.