Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Holly Brett


Holly is a senior attorney in VLMG’s Bay Area office. Her practice focuses on construction claims and litigation arising from private and public projects.  She also has experience defending professional liability claims against design professionals.  Holly’s prior litigation experience includes professional liability and employment litigation, as well as general business-related disputes.

She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law where she was awarded a Merit Scholarship.

In law school, Holly studied International Comparative Constitutional Law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, under Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Don Work at the California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District. Holly served as a research assistant for Professor Paul Horton and was his student editor for the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. Holly also served as an intern at the International Education Development/Humanitarian Law Project, co-authoring Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan, which was delivered at the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. While attending Columbia University School of Law as a visiting student, she also served as an intern at the United Nations, for the Division for the Advancement of Women, Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women.

Holly is on the Board of Directors of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants. She serves on its Executive Committee as Governance Chair.

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