Biography

“One of 50 people Who Make Chicago a Better Place” – The Chicago Sun-Times, 2008

Tamara Holder is the principal and founder of The Law Firm of Tamara N. Holder, LLC,  in 2005. A boutique practice, Ms. Holder has a reputation for working hand-in-hand with her clients, fighting for the voiceless, and helping her clients repair their damaged reputations. Our areas of practice include:

  • Petitions for Pardon, Clemency, and Commutation of Sentence: Ms. Holder has successfully received pardons from Illinois Governors Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner, having filed over 100 petitions since 2006. In 2010, she received Governor Quinn’s first commutation of sentence.. In 2008, upon the request of Governor Rod Blagojevich, she organized the “We Need Pardons” rally at the Thompson Center, where both thought leaders and people in need of clemency gathered. In 2005, she founded xpunged.com where she reviewed thousands of criminal records, successfully obtained hundreds of expungement and sealing orders for dismissed arrests, and eligible misdemeanor and felony convictions. Ms. Holder’s background in criminal defense – having successfully represented clients charged with the most extreme offenses, including murder, aggravated battery to a child, possession of drugs and guns – in addition to her countless presentations of Petitions for Clemency before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, makes her a uniquely qualified attorney for those seeking to file for a pardon, clemency, and commutation of sentence from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
  • Workplace Discrimination: Ms. Holder has successfully represented victims of workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment, as well as gender, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, race and national origin, and disability discrimination. Ms. Holder has a vast experience in bringing forth and settling, including but not limited to: union disputes, school district discrimination claims, racial discrimination, and charges before the EEOC (Equal Opportunity commission. Ms. Holder’s recent successes in 2018 include but are not limited to: an allegation of workplace sexual harassment against at the corporate headquarters of restaurant chain Church’s Chicken, based in Atlanta, GA; an allegation of Asian national original discrimination against an international marketing firm based in New York City; creating a 50+ person movement against restaurant chain Twin Peaks alleging sexual harassment, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, personal injury, and general hostile work environment charges. This case made international news, including front page news of the Chicago Tribune‘s Sunday paper (April, 2018) and front page news of the Dallas Morning News‘ Sunday paper. Additionally, Amanda Knox interviewed Ms. Holder and her client for her show, “The Scarlet Letter Reports,” produced by Vice and Broadly (December 2018).
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse – Legal representation, Advocacy, and Internationally Recognized Speaker: Ms. Holder has represented victims of sexual abuse at the hands of men in positions of power, including male bosses and male physicians. She wrote the foreword to the book about domestic violence in marriage and divorce, “Hanging on by a Thread.” As a survivor of workplace sexual assault herself, she is a highly sought after speaker on these issues being that she now represents women who are now in the position she was once in herself.

Ms. Holder is a nationally recognized television host and commentator. She worked for Fox News Channel for many years as a progressive and legal analyst, where she was well known for her no-holds-barred brawls with Sean Hannity. While at Fox News, Ms. Holder was the host and co-creator of the popular show “Sports Court,” the network’s only sports show that covered legal, social and political issues in sports. She is the founder of Sports Court Media, with her friend, Linda Kenney Baden, our nation’s top female criminal defense lawyer, (in Ms. Holder’s opinion, of course!)

Ms. Holder’s legal work has been recognized by our nation’s top legislators and civil rights leaders: She obtained a Congressional hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security on the issue of improper employment practices, and additionally, she testified as an expert witness on wrongful termination before the Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In addition to running her private practice, she also founded a pro bono legal clinic at Operation Push at the request of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. where she advised and advocated for countless Chicagoans on matters of civil rights, public housing, job discrimination, and criminal justice reform.