Chris Holinger is our firm’s appellate litigation specialist, a skilled advocate with experience in both the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia Court of Appeals. Chris developed a passion for appellate advocacy while interning for Chief Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Virginia Supreme Court during his first summer of law school, and after graduation, he clerked for two years with Judge Glen Huff on the Virginia Court of Appeals. These two jobs gave Chris an inside look at Virginia’s appellate law system, and he puts that experience to work crafting superior briefs and oral arguments.
Chris retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, after a 23-year aviation career that included combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. He graduated from Regent University School of Law, cum laude, in 2017. At Regent, he served on Law Review and as presiding officer of the Regent Law Honor Council. He published an article in the Regent University Law Review as a 3L, entitled “When Fundamental Rights Collide, Will We Tolerate Dissent?” After his clerkship, Chris worked at Troutman Pepper and Golightly, Mulligan, and Morgan working on appeals, civil litigation, and aviation-related law.
Chris is active in the Federalist Society and the James Kent American Inn of Court, where he is a member of the executive committee. He enjoys general aviation and is active in the Civil Air Patrol as both a Search and Rescue Mission Pilot and Cadet Orientation Pilot. Chris and his wife Deb, a Colonel in the Air Force, are the proud parents of three adult children.