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Biography

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

The Law Firm of Tamara N. Holder, LLC is a boutique practice, founded in 2005 by Tamara Holder.

In addition to maintaining a law practice, and for almost a decade, Tamara was an on-air progressive legal analyst and host of “Sports Court” on Fox News Channel, the nation’s most watched cable news network. Also while maintaining her law practice, Tamara built a legal clinic at Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.’s “Rainbow Push Coalition.”

After practicing law for over 15 years, Tamara and her team are focused on ending institutional abuse – from reforming the prison industry to ending sexual abuse inside of healthcare institutions and the workplace alike. A little more about our work:

  • “We just want to work”: We stand up for women sexually harassed and retaliated against in the workplace.
  • We demand accountability: From health care institutions that allowed doctor-patient sexual abuse, to restaurant chains that allow sexual harassment in the workplace, we demand top-down accountability.
  • We help contributing members of society seek clemency/pardons for a past crimes that have identified their characted for far too long.
  • Tamara is a uniquely qualified attorney whose work goes beyond the courtroom. She has testified before the U.S. Congress. For many years, she worked for Fox News as the creator/host of “Sports Court,” and as progressive legal analyst. She has worked with Illinois’ most prominent leaders, including Lisa Madigan, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former Gov. Pat Quinn, and former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis on criminal justice issues.

Our areas of practice include:

  • Sexual Assault and Abuse: We represent victims of sexual abuse at the hands of men in positions of power, including male bosses and male doctors, particularly gynecologists. She and her team currently have the largest-known case of doctor-patient sexual abuse in the State of Illinois’ history against NorthShore University HealthSystem and Swedish Hospital for harboring indicted gynecologist Fabio Ortega. She wrote the foreword to the book “Hanging on by my Fingernails”, about domestic violence in marriage and divorce. A survivor of sexual assault and abuse herself, Tamara is devoted to representing women who are in the position she was once in herself.
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Tamara has successfully represented victims of workplace discrimination, particularly women in cases of sexual harassment and retaliation. Tamara has a vast experience in bringing forth and settling individual and multi-plaintiff claims:
  • Tamara built 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 Tamara and her client for her show, “The Scarlet Letter Reports,” produced by Vice and Broadly (December 2018).including 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;
  • 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.

You can view segments of “Sports Court,” – the show she co-founded, in conjunction with the online platform Sports Court Media, with her friend Linda Kenney Baden, one of our nation’s top female criminal defense lawyers.

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.