Dawn S. Holiday
(281) 203-5777
Office: The Woodlands
J.D. South Texas College of Law
M.A. Moody Bible Institute (Summa Cum Laude)
B.A. University of Houston (Magna Cum Laude)
Licensure: TX
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Dawn Holiday’s primary focus is helping her clients obtain a satisfactory resolution to litigated matters.  Dawn works with clients to determine the most appropriate strategy for each matter at every stage of the litigation process. As an experienced negotiator, Dawn is helpful if settlement is the most appropriate course of action. As a trial and appellate lawyer, she has tried cases in a number of Texas courts and advises trial lawyers on issues that arise in underlying court proceedings that could impact a potential appeal. Dawn handles a variety of multi-party lawsuits in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation, complex civil litigation, and general liability defense. Clients appreciate Dawn’s understanding of how litigation impacts their business strategy, and she advises clients on how to minimize the risks of costly and stressful litigation before litigation ensues.

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2015 Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler & Hailey, PC
2004-2008 Barker, Lyman, Twining, Weinberg & Ferrell, LP
2003-2004 Law Clerk, Giessel, Barker & Lyman, LP
2002 Legal Intern, Hon. Kenneth M. Hoyt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Speaking Engagements

“When Lawyers Get Sued, Who’s Got Your Back: The Ends and Outs of Legal Malpractice in Texas,” The Woodlands Bar Association Ethics CLE (2017)

"Enforcing Mediated Settlement Agreements," Texas State Bar CLE (2014, 2015)

"Legal Malpractice in Texas," Texas State Bar CLE (2014)

Don't Be a Vegan at the Courthouse: Drafting Orders that Stick (2013)

The Surveyor's Guide to Contract Law in Texas (2013)

Don't Let the Data Byte You in the Ascii: Discovering E-Discovery in Texas (2012)

Key Experience

First chair jury trial, arbitration and mediation experience
Served as lead appellate counsel for appeals at the state and federal court levels
Advised and defended national corporation on employment matters, including wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and age, disability and gender discrimination claims

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers "Texas Rising Star" (2012-2018)
Legal Leaders Texas Top Rated Lawyers
"Who's Who in Black Houston"
National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy Graduate
Houston Bar Association, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
Black Alumni Association of South Texas College of Law, Charter Member
Defense Research Institute
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Licensed to practice in all Texas state and appellate courts, United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals