Global law firm Clyde & Co today announced that Los Angeles-based partner James Holmes has been nominated to the American Bar Association's (ABA) Board of Governors.
The three-year term will commence following the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2019. Holmes’s Governors seat is designated for diversity, specifically LGBT, marking the first time the ABA has highlighted this area on its Board.
"Jim is such a valuable member of Clyde & Co so we are thrilled that he has been recognized as a leader by the ABA. His position on the Board shows his dedication to the legal community as a whole,” said Bill Casey, Partner and Chair of the North American Board at Clyde & Co.
The ABA’s Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board oversees the general operation of the ABA and develops specific plans of action. The Board is currently comprised of 43 members including 19 district representatives, 18 members-at-large, and the following six officers who serve as ex officio: President, President-Elect, Chair of the House, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President.
At Clyde & Co, Holmes represents major media and entertainment entities, as well as major insurance carriers insuring them. He defends clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and copyright infringement, misrepresentation of likeness, unfair competition and breach of contract actions. He works with clients on the defense of claims brought against their marketing practices, including advertising (broadcast and print media), and internet marketing (websites and social media). Holmes also advises clients on cyber liability issues, including the implications and coverage for data and privacy breaches.
He is very involved in the legal community and has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the 2016 Benjamin Aranda Outstanding Public Service Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Holmes was also awarded the Access Award for pro bono service from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, and he received commendation for his work as a temporary judge for Los Angeles Superior Court. He received the 2010−2011 Public Service Honor Roll Award from the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Law in Public Service Committee (LIPS).
Holmes is a long-time and fearless advocate for diversity and LGBT rights and has served in numerous prominent bar and civic leadership roles. Whether in the courtroom or in the community, he is a winning emissary for those he represents.