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Joy Holley is an experienced litigator who counsels the firm's lawyers and clients on issues related to litigation technology, electronic discovery, document automation, evidence presentation and complex case management. As the director of the firm's eDiscovery Services practice and as a member of the firm's Electronic Discovery Unit, Ms. Holley focuses on issues including coordination of pre-emptive management and compliance strategies, document retention policies, and streamlined electronic document review. She has extensive experience acting as client liaison with opposing counsel, the court, special discovery masters, and third party vendors on issues related to electronic discovery in complex litigation.

In addition to her corporate work, Ms. Holley has an active pro bono practice and volunteers her time to organizations including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Legal Advocates for Abused Women, the Association for Retarded Citizens, and other agencies offering legal assistance to children and adults with mental disabilities. She spearheaded the firm's program to provide pro bono representation of children as Guardians Ad Litem in every minor guardianship proceeding filed in the St. Louis City Probate Court. Under Ms. Holley's leadership, the firm's lawyers have acted as legal advocates for indigent children in more than 100 cases since 2009. Ms. Holley received the 2008 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri Board of Governors. Her work was instrumental in the firm's receipt of the prestigious 2010 American Bar Association Pro Bono Award. She mentors attorneys in the representation of indigent clients in child advocacy cases, and trains them to assist the caregivers of mentally disabled adults in obtaining legal guardianships.

Ms. Holley has served on the firm's Diversity Steering Committee, regularly lectures at continuing legal education seminars, and provides deposition and trial training to the firm's junior lawyers. She is active in several charitable and civic organizations, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Kirkwood United Methodist Church.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Holley served as a criminal prosecutor in St. Louis City. She started her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann K. Covington of the Missouri Supreme Court.


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