Top med-mal attorney Margaret Holm
wants you to know she’s not that interesting
BY JESSICA OGILVIE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN SNIPES
MARGARET “PEGGY” HOLM
· SHAREHOLDER, BONNE BRIDGES
MUELLER O’KEEFE & NICHOLS
· CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE;
PROFESSONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE
· SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUPER LAWYERS:
2004–2015; TOP 100: 2014; TOP 50
AS MARGARET “PEGGY” HOLM EASES INTO HER DESK CHAIR
in a bright office in Orange County, she’s surrounded by, among
other things, a life-size model of the human spine, thick volumes
of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and
silver-framed photos of her two children and two grandchildren.
Her brown hair is ironed into a short bob, and large, dark-rimmed
glasses give her the bearing of a magazine editor. She exudes
confidence and warmth.
But within seconds of sitting down, she leans forward to protest
the very premise of the meeting.
“I looked at some of the past profiles, and I’m going, ‘Shoot, look at
what this person did! Look at what that person did!’” She adds, with a
laugh, “I’m not very interesting.”
We’ll let the legal community raise an objection.
“She has a tremendous presence about her, and a piercing
style on cross-examination, particularly with opposing experts,”
says Raymond McMahon, a shareholder at Bonne Bridges Mueller
O'Keefe & Nichols, where Holm has worked for the past 32 years.
“She’s a great lawyer, a magnificent trial lawyer,” says Judge Thierry
Colaw, a former law school classmate, who now sits on the bench
of the Superior Court of California for Orange County. “She does
everything but climb in the jury box, roll up her sleeves and talk to
them. She’s got the whole package.”
“Anybody who goes to trial against Peggy and thinks that they
are going to have the upper hand,” says David O’Keefe, president
and managing shareholder of Bonne Bridges, “is going to learn a
thing or two.”