Gregory P. Holder - USAF - Tampa, FL
- Education and Training Accomplishments:
Stetson University College of Law: Juris Doctor, 1981, Stetson Law Review, Associate Editor; 1981
- Lawyer’s Title Guaranty Fund Law Student Writing Award; 1981 Victor O. Wehle Trial Practice Award
- Faculty Research Assistant. University of West Florida: M.B.A., 1978.
- U. S. Military Academy (West Point): B.S. (Engineering) 1975.
Professional or Employment History:
- Jan 2021 – Present, Zinober Diana & Monteverde, P.A. Attorney focusing practice on mediation, arbitration, special master, and independent investigative services for litigation matters.
- Jan 2017 – Dec 2020, Circuit Court Judge; General Civil Division: Unlimited jurisdiction over all civil litigation to include personal injury, contracts, injunctions, mortgage foreclosures, and declaratory judgments within Hillsborough County.
- Jul 2007 – Jan 2017, Circuit Court Judge; Felony Division: Unlimited jurisdiction over all felonies. Death Penalty Certified. Established and presided over Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court 2015 – 2017, with over 103 veteran defendants and 60 mentors.
- Jan 2001 – Jul 2007, Circuit Court Judge; General Civil Division: Unlimited jurisdiction over all civil litigation to include personal injury, contracts, injunctions, mortgage foreclosures, and declaratory judgments within Hillsborough County. U.S. Air Force Chief Reserve Trial Judge through retirement from the Air Force Reserve in February, 2004.
- 2000 – 2001, Circuit Court Judge; Family Law Division: Unlimited jurisdiction over all family law litigation to include dissolution of marriage, adoptions, name changes, paternity and custody issues within Hillsborough County. U.S. Air Force Military Judge, Eastern Circuit.
- 1998 – 2000, Circuit Court Judge; General Civil Division: Unlimited jurisdiction over all civil litigation to include personal injury, contracts, injunctions, mortgage foreclosures, and declaratory judgments within Hillsborough County. U.S. Air Force Military Judge, Central Circuit.
- 1996 – 1998, Circuit Court Judge; Juvenile Division: Responsible for adjudication of delinquency misdemeanor and felony juvenile cases as well as Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases within Hillsborough County. U.S. Air Force Military Judge, Central Circuit.
- Zinober Diana & Monteverde, P.A. Attorney focusing practice on mediation, arbitration and special master services for civil litigation matters.
- 1995 – 1996, Hillsborough County Court Criminal Division Judge: Responsible for adjudication of misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases within Hillsborough County. Periodically served as Acting Circuit Court Judge with jurisdiction over all felonies, domestic violence matters, as well as misdemeanors. Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Special Operations Command.
- 1991 – 1995, Williams Reed Weinstein Schifino & Mangione, P.A.: Partner, Litigation Department; Responsible for a wide variety of commercial litigation, environmental, and eminent domain cases at the trial and appellate level. Representation of corporate, governmental, and individual clients. Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U. S. Special Operations Command.
- 1988 – 1991, Taub & Williams, P.A.: Responsible for a variety of commercial litigation and eminent domain cases. Assistant City Attorney, Temple Terrace, FL. Left the firm with eight other firm attorneys to form Williams Reed in November 1991. Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Special Operations Command.
- 1985 – 1988, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, MacDill Air Force Base, FL: Advised commanders, staff officers, and criminal investigators on various civil, criminal, and administrative matters. Drafted charges, secured indictments, and prosecuted cases. Negotiated base collective bargaining agreement and represented management in labor contract negotiations. Responsible for over $40 million in government contracts. Trained junior attorneys in criminal investigation, trial procedure, trial advocacy, and the Military Rules of Evidence.
- 1984 – 1985, Area Defense Counsel, Osan Air Base, Korea: Senior Defense Counsel supporting 9,000 people at 21 installations. Responsible for defense of all military criminal or administrative actions. Crimes included murder; physical and sexual child abuse; conspiracy; larceny; fraud; obstruction of justice; and drug possession, use, distribution, and importation.
- 1983 – 1984, Area Defense Counsel, Hill Air Force Base, UT: Criminal and administrative defense attorney for community of 6,000 people. Conducted defense of numerous jury trials and administrative proceedings. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
- 1982 – 1983, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Hill AFB, UT: Responsible for adjudication, payment, and collection of all pro and anti-government claims arising from tort actions. Supervised adjudication of over 1500 claims against the government. Investigated and evaluated over $15 million in medical malpractice claims, and assisted in the defense of corresponding lawsuits in U.S. District Court.
- 1979 – 1982, Air Force Funded Legal Education Program; Law Clerk; Williams, Brasfield, Wertz, Fuller & Lamb, P.A. St. Petersburg, Florida. Insurance defense litigation.
- 1976 – 1979, U.S. Air Force Armament Systems Development Engineer and Systems Acquisition Officer, Eglin AFB, Florida: Managed over eighteen million dollars of engineering development and program management funds for various Air Force R & D programs at the Air Force Armament Lab.
Holder and Wilcox, Damages are not Automatic in a Map of Reservation Case, The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee Newsletter, Vol. 3, June 1993 at 7; Holder, Implied Warranty of Habitability: Does it Exist in Florida Leaseholds?, 10 Stetson L. Rev. 563 (1981); Holder and Berger, The Implied Warranty of Habitability Applicable to Florida Leaseholds, The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Review, Vol. X, No. 2, February 1982 at 11.
U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
(Military) Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve (Retired); Chief USAFR Trial Judge of the United States with jurisdiction over both Special and General Courts-Martial; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School; Graduate, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
(Academic) Retired Adjunct Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Retired Professor and Area Chair for Law Faculty, University of Phoenix, Central Florida Campus; Adjunct Faculty, University of South Florida; Adjunct Faculty, Webster University.
Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans:
- West Point Society, Florida West Coast; Lifetime Military Officer’s Association Member; Member, Sun City and Tampa Retired Officers Associations; American Legion Post 139
- Chairperson of the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee, 1999
- Florida Chairman, Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 2011 – 2014, now serving as Chairman Emeritus.
Civic Activities and Contributions:
- Board of Directors, MacDill Federal Credit Union (1987 – 1995
- Chairman 1990 – 1994), Supervisory Committee Member (1998 – 2001 and 2006 – Present)
- National Association of Federal Credit Unions (“NAFCU”) 1992 Credit Union of the Year Award; Board Member – Downtown Tampa Metropolitan YMCA (1991 – 1995)
- Advisory Board Member -Gasparilla Distance Classic Association, Inc. (1989 – Present)
- Tampa Chamber of Commerce; Christ the King Catholic Parish
- Florida Conservation Association; Ferguson-White Inn of Court, Past President and Director
- Goldberg-Cacciatore Inn of Court; Appointed by the Florida Supreme
- Court as a Member of the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Committee 1997
- Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee; Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges: Education Committee Member and 1999 Chairperson of the Civil Justice Section
- Sub-Committee Chair of Circuit Professionalism Committee
- Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration Honorary Member 2016.
Awards or Honors:
- Winner of 1996 Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence; NAFCU 1995 Federal Credit Union Volunteer of the Year
- Inducted into the District VI, Department of Juvenile Justice Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime
- 1999 – 2000 Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award; Olin Mott Joshua House Golden Heart Award recipient in 2006; University of Phoenix West Florida Campus Outstanding Faculty Award for 2009 and 2018
- Gasparilla Distance Classic Association Running Shoe Award for 2010 – 2011
- Recipient of two Presidential Volunteer Service awards for service to Florida’s Veterans; 2014 Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service; 2016 Ad Majorem Award from the Alliance for Global Narcotics Training for service in the fight against prescription drug abuse
- Veterans Treatment Court Legacy Award for 2017 and the 2019 Military Family of the Year Award presented by the Diversity Action Coalition
- 2020 Keeping the American Patriotic Spirit Alive award from the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County.
“Service to the Nation, Community, and to our Veterans and their families” – if one would look this up in a dictionary, one might very well see a picture of retired Air Force Colonel and retired 13th Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court Judge, Gregory P. “Greg” Holder. The son of a WWII/Korean Conflict and Air Force SMSgt Paul Holder, and Air Force veteran Alice Holder, Greg quickly excelled in school which led to Presidential and Senatorial appointments to West Point, the US Naval Academy, and the US Air Force Academy. His attendance to West Point, and follow-on commissioning in the US Air Force, later led to his selection to the Air Force Funded Legal Education Program and receiving his Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from Stetson Law School. Throughout his military career (both active and reserve) he served in a variety of legal and judicial positions of increasing responsibility in Florida, and in global assignments.
But it is here in Florida while assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 56th Fighter Wing – a four year period – that he worked tirelessly with the local Bar Association and Florida Bar to serve military veterans and their family members throughout Florida. He was an active member of the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee. Upon resigning his Regular Commission in 1988 and entering private legal practice, Greg continued his service to military members and their families providing pro bono legal services and coordinating the efforts of the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee. He accepted a USAF Reserve Commission and was selected to continue his Air Force service at U.S. Special Operations Command (“USSOCOM”) from 1988 through 1996. In 1996 Greg was awarded the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee Clayton B. Burton Award presented annually to an attorney “who demonstrates character and leadership promoting the quality of legal services furnished to military personnel serving in Florida.” In 2011, Greg was selected by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense to serve as the Chairman of the Florida Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (“ESGR”) supporting the 35,000 Florida citizen soldiers. The ESGR serves to protect employment rights of our citizen soldiers and recognizes outstanding and patriotic employers for going above and beyond in their support of the Guard and Reserve forces. Greg has been awarded two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for his service to Florida’s Veterans. He served as the Florida Chairman for three years traveling to bases and locations throughout Florida supporting our Florida heroes in both their military service and civilian employment. He presented hundreds of Patriot Awards to various employers throughout Florida for their hiring, retention and promotion of the Florida warriors. In 2014, Greg became Chairman Emeritus of the Florida ESGR and was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Later that year, Judge Holder was selected to serve as the presiding judge of the Florida Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). He accepted this assignment and began his work to expand the court’s jurisdiction. He argued to the Chief Judge that the VTC could only succeed if it accepted not only misdemeanor crimes, but also felony crimes committed by veterans who desperately needed rehabilitation involving substance, alcohol, or mental health services. He was successful in his efforts and the Court began accepting veterans charged with both misdemeanors and felonies. He presided over the VTC from 2014 to 2016, where he helped to establish a national model expanding the role of the court helping veterans overcome service-related issues. In this role, he helped to create the National Model for VTCs establishing both public and private partnerships with our VTC. In 2016, he and members of his VTC team were asked to present to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, and his staff and have lunch at the Navy Mess located at White House West Wing. and currently serves on the National Veterans Court Alliance working with U.S. Congressmen and Senators to develop legislation to provide Federal funds and oversight to the National Veterans Court Model. As a senior Veteran (volunteer) Mentor in the VTC, I had the honor and privilege of directly working with him, and observing him as he presided over hundreds of veterans in trouble with the law. His ability to quickly relate to the veteran before him and understand the scope of problems facing the veteran were impressive. But his compassion, patience, and care for the veteran’s (and often his/her family’s) overall physical, mental and spiritual wellness were unforgettable to all in the courtroom – from the defendants, the VTC lawyers, the probation officers, the VA VJOs, and to all the volunteer veteran mentors.
Greg Holder’s family also epitomizes true selfless service – his wife of over 45 years, A. (“Dee”) Kobliska served over 23 years active duty in both the U.S. Army and Air Force and retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. One of their two children, U.S. Air Force Major Daniel Holder, is currently a Legislative Fellow serving in the Pentagon on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Servant leadership runs deep in the Holder family, and one will always find Greg and his family either participating in, volunteering to support, or providing in kind donations or monetary support to, various local veteran charity events, fundraisers, and memorial events honoring our local veterans and their families.
For all the above reasons and more, I can think of no more deserving person for the honor of being selected to the FL Veterans Hall of Fame than retired USAFR Colonel and retired VTC Judge Gregory P. Holder.