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Kevin Holt is a partner specializing in commercial, real estate, ERISA, and intellectual property litigation. Kevin represents companies and individuals in business and contract disputes, including complex financial and real estate matters. He represents employers, insurance carriers and plan fiduciaries in defending ERISA claims involving life, health, accident and disability benefits. He also represents clients with cases involving intellectual property rights. Kevin’s practice is primarily focused in Federal Court. Since 2012 he has consistently been named to Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation. Kevin is a past President of the Roanoke Bar Association.

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  • If I weren't practicing law...

    If money were no object, I would travel full-time and be a travel reviewer. My favorite destination is Iceland. It is like no other place in the world. I also enjoy our national parks in the West.

  • People would be surprised to know…

    My part-time job is being a sports dad. During the summer of 2017 I had the pleasure of traveling with my older daughter to Denmark and Sweden to watch her compete in a worldwide soccer tournament. There were 1,300 teams from 90 countries. They trained with a professional women’s team in Denmark and then competed in the Gothia Cup in Sweden. They made it to the Elite 8! My younger daughter plays soccer and volleyball. Over the course of two seasons she went from being cut from her school's volleyball team to being its manager, a starting player, and one of the best servers on the team. They won the City championship in 2018!

  • Why I enjoy being a lawyer…

    It gives me the opportunity to be practical and to solve problems. Even though I am a litigator, solving clients’ problems doesn’t always mean marching straight to litigation. I have learned that success can be defined in different ways. I really enjoy thinking creatively, both in terms of litigation as well as alternative ways of helping our clients achieve their goals.

Education

  • University of Virginia, B.A. 1993
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1997

Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict in Federal Court for manufacturer in $1.2 million products liability and UCC case involving alleged defects in natural gas pipeline
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in Federal Court for telecommunications tower company to prevent landowners from blocking access to leased tower site
  • Obtained summary judgment in State Court for large, residential real estate brokerage firm in $1.4 million breach of contract case
  • Granted motion to dismiss in trade secret misappropriation case filed in Federal Court
  • Obtained summary judgment in State Court in $700,000 breach of contract and quantum meruit case. Successfully used plaintiff’s sworn testimony from preliminary hearing in support of Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Obtained defense verdict in State Court for manufacturer of plastics products in case involving claims of negligence and nuisance arising from fire at manufacturer’s storage facility
  • Successfully tried case on behalf of sports event promoter in State Court case involving claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Obtained $700,000 judgment for window film manufacturer in trademark infringement case in Federal Court
  • Successfully tried commercial lease case involving restitution of overpayment of tenant improvement loan
  • Obtained summary judgment in the amount of $900,000 for plaintiff equipment supplier in pipeline construction case against general contractor in Federal Court
  • Obtained summary judgment for leading national bank in breach of employment agreement case brought by terminated mortgage broker executive
  • Granted demurrer in State Court, without leave to amend, in tortious interference with contract and business conspiracy case
  • Obtained summary judgment in State Court striking down non-competition agreement as overbroad and unenforceable
  • Successfully tried real estate partition suit
  • Obtained judgment and award of enhanced penalty and attorney’s fees in Virginia Consumer Protection Act case
  • Defend leading national disability insurance carriers in ERISA cases in multiple states
  • Experience in trademark, copyright, and patent infringement cases
  • Defended debt collectors and creditors in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases

 

Affiliations

  • Roanoke Bar Association: Immediate Past President (2018-Present); President (2017-2018); President-Elect (2016-2017); Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016); Board Member (2009-2011, 2014-2015)
  • Faculty member, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2017-2019)
  • Board Member, United Way of the Roanoke Valley (2009-2015)
  • Ferrum College Business Advisory Board (2014-Present)
  • Member, The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court (2007-2014)
  • Graduate, National Trial Advocacy College of University of Virginia School of Law (2006)
  • Former Editor, “Litigation News,” published by Litigation Section, Virginia State Bar
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., Senior United States District Judge, Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Member, Virginia State Bar, The Virginia Bar Association, Roanoke Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association

Awards

  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in Civil Litigation (2016, 2018)
  • Recognized with Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2012-2019) and Intellectual Property Litigation (2019); also listed in Best Lawyers in America – Business Edition (2016)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Commercial Litigation by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Named a “Top Rated Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media (2013)
  • Named to Virginia Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2009, 2019); Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2007)
  • “Largest Defense Verdicts in Virginia” Award (2004) as recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
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Published Work

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