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Upon graduation from law school, he served at a number of stateside and overseas military bases as an Assistant Judge Advocate and Area Defense Counsel. He resigned his Regular Commission in 1988 and accepted a USAF Reserve Commission serving at U.S. Special Operations Command ("USSOCOM") from 1988 through 1996. While serving at USSOCOM, he was awarded his Master Paratrooper Wings, Air Assault Wings and British Jump Wings. He served from 1996 through 2004 as one of only six Air Force Reserve Military Judges. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on 1 February 2004, Colonel Holder served as the Chief Reserve Trial Judge for the USAF. Judge Holder was elected as a County Court Judge in 1994 and Circuit Court Judge in 1996. He served in virtually every division within Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Judge Holder served as a Hillsborough County Judge for 26 years. He served 13 years within the General Civil Division, 10 years in the Felony Division, and presided over the Veterans Treatment Court from 2014 to 2016, where he expanded the role of the court helping veterans overcome service-related issues. In this role, he helped to create the National Model for Veterans Treatment Courts 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 nation's Veterans Treatment Courts.
Judge Holder was awarded the 1996 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 1999, he was also inducted into the Department of Juvenile Justice District VI Hall of Fame for sustained contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime, thereby increasing public safety. Judge Holder received the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Robert W. Patton, Outstanding Jurist Award for 1999 - 2000. He also received the Olin Mott Joshua House Golden Heart Award in 2006 for his protection of abused, abandoned and neglected children and the University of Phoenix, West Florida Campus, Outstanding Faculty Award for both 2009 and 2018. In 2011, Judge Holder was selected by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to serve as Florida Chairman of the Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve supporting over 35,000 military members and their families. 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. Judge Holder has been awarded two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for service to Florida's Veterans. From 1989 to the present, Judge Holder has served as both a Board Member, Advisory Board Member and Organizing Committee Member of the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association. Through his over 30 years of service to this organization, he and this Association have raised millions of dollars for local charities supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls, Inc. In 2014, Judge Holder became Chairman Emeritus of the Florida ESGR and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. In 2016, he received the Ad Majorem Award from the Alliance for Global Narcotics Training in recognition and appreciation for his service in the fight against prescription drug abuse. Recently, Judge Holder received the Veterans Treatment Court Legacy Award for 2017 and the 2019 Military Family of the Year Award presented by the Diversity Action Coalition. In October 2020, he was awarded the Keeping the American Patriotic Spirit Alive award from the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County. On February 9, 2021, Judge Holder was honored by both Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa City Council with a Proclamation and Commendation for his years of service to this community.
Judge Holder served as an adjunct faculty member at Webster University and Lead Faculty/Area Chair for the Central Florida Campus of the University of Phoenix until 2020. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at USF teaching law related courses in the College of Behavior Health. Judge Holder has been married to D. A. ("Dee") Kobliska for over 45 years. Dee 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. She currently works as a certified nurse-midwife providing OB/GYN care. They have two children; U.S. Air Force, Major Daniel Holder, Legislative Fellow currently serving in the office of Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, and Andrea Holder, a practicing commercial litigation attorney.
Judge Holder proudly joined the firm of Zinober, Diana, and Monteverde, P.A. on January 1, 2021, and focuses his practice solely in the areas of mediation and arbitration.
- Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
- J.D. - 1981
- United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
- Major: Engineering
- The Florida Bar, Member, 1982 to Present
- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, 1988 to Present
- The Implied Warranty of Habitability: Does it Exist in Florida Leaseholds?, 10 Stetson L. Rev. 563 (1981), Vol 10 Iss 3, 1981
- The Implied Warranty of Habitability Applicable to Florida Leaseholds, The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sec., Vol X No. 2, 1982
- Florida 13th Judicial Circuit, Judge, 1995 to 2020
- Williams, Reed, Weinstein, Schifino & Mangione, P.A., Partner, 1991 to 1994
Current Employment Position
- Mediation 70%
- Arbitration 15%
- Expert Witness 5%
- Special Master 5%
- Insurance Umpire 5%
- Florida, 1982
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2020
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2020
- Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1998
- Chairman of the Board, MacDill Federal Credit Union
- Federal Credit Union Volunteer of the Year
- Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee Award of Excellence
- Department of Juvenile Justice, District VI Hall of Fame
- Florida Chairman DOD Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve