Contact: Laura Ernde 


Craig HoldenLOS ANGELES, July 18, 2014 – Los Angeles attorney Craig Holden was elected today as president of The State Bar of California for 2014-2015.

Holden, 44, will be sworn in as the 90th president of the entity that oversees California’s 249,000 licensed lawyers – the largest state bar in the country with a $150 million budget – at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in September in San Diego.

Also elected Friday and assuming office in September: Heather Linn Rosing, 42, of Klinedinst PC in San Diego, as vice president; and Michael Colantuono, 42, of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC of Penn Valley, as treasurer.

Holden currently serves as vice president and ran unopposed in the Board of Trustees election. He is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and is co-chairman of the firm's commercial litigation practice.

“I am humbled by the support of my colleagues on the board and I look forward to continuing to promote the mission of public protection as well as advocating for diversity and increased court funding,” Holden said.

He was chairman of the bar’s Limited License Working Group, which explored the feasibility of creating a limited license to practice law in order to increase legal services for the poor. He now serves as vice chairman of President Rodriguez’s Civil Justice Strategies Task Force, which was created to study increased access to justice in California through limited licensing and other means. Previously, he was chairman of the bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, which is a think-tank focused on diversifying the profession; a founder of the Diversity Coalition; and served in leadership roles on the State Bar Sections on Intellectual Property Law and Law Practice Management and Technology.

His leadership roles outside of the bar include serving on the Rand Corp.’s SoCal 50 Leadership Council, chairman of the courts committee for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program.

Holden earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Holden is married and has two children.


The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter million.