Hillary Holmes is a partner in the Houston office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, co-chair of the firmwide Capital Markets Practice and a member of the firm’s Energy and Infrastructure, Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups. Ms. Holmes counsels public companies, private companies, MLPs and investment banks in all forms of capital raising transactions, including IPOs, registered offerings of debt and equity securities, private placements of debt and equity securities, and spin-offs. She regularly advises private and public companies in securities regulation and governance matters. She also frequently serves as an advisor to boards of directors, conflicts committees, and financial advisors in complex transactions involving MLPs and energy companies.
Ms. Holmes has been recognized as one of the top young capital markets lawyers in the U.S. and is ranked by Chambers USA: Texas Capital Markets: Debt & Equity and Chambers USA: Energy and Oil and Gas (Transactional), which sources noted she is “very talented,” “remarkably dedicated,” and “incredibly knowledgeable.” Peers attest that “she is a phenomenal lawyer who has good judgment, is very engaged, and clients love her.” She has been consistently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and was the 2017 recipient of the Premier Women in Law Award by the Houston Chapter of the Association of Women Attorneys and the sole 2015 recipient of the Houston Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyers Award. Ms. Holmes frequently writes, speaks and is quoted on matters relating to the oil and gas industry, capital markets, joint ventures and M&A.
Ms. Holmes is active in professional organizations in Houston, including as a member of the Board of Directors of Houston Volunteer Lawyers; a Houston Bar Association Ambassador; a member of the Campaign for the Homeless Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and Lawyers for Literacy Committee of the Houston Bar Association; former co-chair of the Houston Young Lawyers Association’s Nonprofit-Law Committee; a Life Fellow and co-chair of the Nominating Committee of the Houston Bar Foundation; and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Ms. Holmes also previously served the State Bar of Texas as co-vice-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and a member of the Committee to Select Minority Directors. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the local nonprofit organization Harrison’s Heroes and a community volunteer through the Junior League of Houston and St. Luke’s Church. Ms. Holmes has been recognized as a women business leader in Houston by the Houston Business Journal in 2018 and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Ms. Holmes earned her Juris Doctor in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received a Certificate in Public Policy Studies and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she graduated cum laude from Duke University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy studies and women’s studies, and was invited to serve on the Board of Visitors for Trinity College.