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Barbara Holland represents businesses involved in international and domestic trade and transportation. She advises vessel owners, operators and shoreside businesses, in many areas affecting their operations, including contractual relationships, risk management, environmental compliance and dispute resolution.

Barbara also advises clients in connection with Coast Guard investigations, regulatory compliance and legislative initiatives. Along with her colleagues in the maritime group, she provides 24-hour marine casualty response. She has provided advice and defense to a variety of maritime clients facing potential civil and criminal liability for oil spills and other marine pollution incidents. Barbara is active in issues affecting the maritime industry, and has filed several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of industry interests in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Activities

  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States, Second Vice President, 2018-present; Secretary, 2016-2018; Membership Secretary, 2012-2016; Board of Directors, 2008-2011, 2012-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, The American Waterways Operators, 2003-2005
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Women's International Shipping and Trading Association
  • Member, Marine Insurance Association of Seattle
  • Member, Propeller Club
  • Member, Stellar International Delegation to China led by Senator Maria Cantwell, 2006, 2008

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  • Washington, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981

Wake Forest University, B.A., Politics, summa cum laude, 1976

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law in Best Lawyers, 2020, 2017
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America©  in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2006-2020
  • Included in The International Who's Who of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers based on research with clients and peers, 2007-2018
  • Named in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 and 2012
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2011
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" for Transportation in Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2006-2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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