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Gregory P. Holder


JUDICIAL BIOGRAPHY

Year elected to the bench: 1994 - County
                                           1996 - Circuit

Assignments: County Criminal - 1/95-8/96
                       Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency - 8/96-1/98
                       General Civil - 1/98-1/2000
                       Family Law - 1/2000-1/2001
                       Circuit Civil - 1/2001-7/2007
                       Felony Division - 7/2007-present

EDUCATION

Law School: Stetson University College of Law
                    J.D., 1981

Graduate: University of West Florida
                 M.B.A., 1978

Undergraduate: United States Military Academy
                           B.S., Engineering, 1975

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve (Retired)
Military Judge assigned to the Eastern Circuit of the United States with jurisdiction over both
Special and General Courts-Martial
Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force
Base, Florida
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Area Chair Law Faculty, University of Phoenix, West Florida Campus 
Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School
Graduate, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College
Chairman, Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Board of Directors, MacDill Federal Credit Union (87-95; Chairman 90-94), Supervisory Committee Member (98-Present)
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (“NAFCU”) 1992 Credit Union of the Year Award
NAFCU 1995 Federal Credit Union Volunteer of the Year
Board Member, Downtown Tampa Metropolitan YMCA (91-95)
Advisory Board Member, Gasparilla Distance Classic Association, Inc. (91-Present)
Christ the King Catholic Parish
West Point Society, Florida West Coast
TROA Member
Sun City and Tampa Retired Officers Associations
Winner of 1996 Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence
President and Director, Ferguson-White Inns of Court
Appointed by the Florida Supreme Court as a Member of the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Committee, 1997
Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee
Chairperson, Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee, 1999
Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges: Education Committee Member and 1999 Chairperson of the Civil Justice Section
Fellowship Lodge 265, Free & Accepted Masons
Inducted into the District VI, Department of Juvenile Justice Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime
1999-2000 Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award
contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime
1999-2000 Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award

BIOGRAPHY

Judge Gregory P. Holder is a native of Melbourne, Florida. In 1971, he received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy. He selected West Point and, in 1975, received his B.S. Degree in Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. While serving as an Armament Systems Development Engineer in the Air Force, he attended evening classes and received his M.B.A. from the University of West Florida in 1978. Judge Holder was selected to attend Stetson University College of Law under the U.S. Air Force Funded Legal Education Program and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1981. While attending law school, he served as Associate Editor of the Stetson Law Review and authored several published articles.

Upon graduation from law school, he served at a number of stateside and overseas military bases as an Assistant Judge Advocate and Area Defense Counsel. Upon completing his overseas remote tour in Korea, Judge Holder served as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 56th Fighter Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He resigned his regular commission in 1988 and accepted a USAF Reserve Commission serving at U.S. Special Operations Command from 1988 through 1996. He served from 1996 through 2004 as one of only six Air Force Reserve Military Judges in the world today. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on 1 February 2004, he served as the Chief Reserve Trial Judge for the USAF. He holds the distinction of having been the only Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate holding the certifications of Master Paratrooper Wings, Air Assault Wings, as well as British Parachute Wings. He retired from the USAFR in the rank of Colonel. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School in residence and is a graduate of both Air Command and Staff College and Air War College by seminar. Judge Holder was awarded the 1996 Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee Clayton B. Burton Award presented annually to an attorney “who demonstrates character and leadership promoting the quality of legal services furnished to military personnel serving in Florida.” In 1999, he was also inducted into the Department of Juvenile Justice District VI Hall of Fame for sustained contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime, thereby increasing public safety. Judge Holder received the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Robert W. Patton, Outstanding Jurist Award for 1999 - 2000. He also received the Olin Mott Joshua House Golden Heart Award in 2006.

On September 8, 1994, Judge Holder was elected in a contested race as Hillsborough County Court Judge, Group 13 and was elected as a Circuit Judge without opposition in July 1996 and again in 2002 and 2008. Since being elected to the Circuit Bench, Judge Holder has served within the Juvenile Division, Family Law Division, General Civil Division and currently within the Felony Division. Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Holder was a Partner with the firm of Williams, Reed, Weinstein, Schifino & Mangione, P.A. in Tampa. He practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, eminent domain as well as governmental and administrative law representing banks, corporations, credit unions as well as private clients. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and as Professor and Area Chair of the Law and Ethics Faculty at the University of Phoenix, Tampa Campuses and is a member of the Herbert Goldburg Criminal Law American Inn of Court.

Active in the community, Judge Holder served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Tampa YMCA from 1990 to 1995 and currently has served as an Advisory Board member for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association since 1989. He is a member of American Legion Post 139. He is a also a member of Fellowship Lodge 265, F&AM; Tampa York Rite Bodies; and, Egypt Shrine Temple. He is also an active apheresis donor with the Southwest Florida Blood Bank, having donated over nine gallons of whole blood or platelets.

Judge Holder served as a Director of the MacDill Federal Credit Union (“MFCU”) from March, 1987 through December, 1995, and as Chairman of the MFCU Board from 1990 until his Judicial election in September, 1994. Under his leadership, MacDill Federal Credit Union was selected as the National Association of Federal Credit Union’s 1991 Federal Credit Union of the Year. Moreover, in July of 1995, Judge Holder was selected as the National Association of Federal Credit Unions 1994 Volunteer of the Year for the United States. He was inducted into the District VI, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the reduction of juvenile crime. He also received the 1999 - 2000 Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Judge Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award; the Olin Mott Joshua House Golden Heart Award in 2006 and the University of Phoenix West Florida Campus Outstanding Faculty Award for 2009.

Judge Holder has been married to D. A. Kobliska for over 37 years. Dee served in both the U.S. Army and Air Force and retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. She currently works as a certified nurse-midwife providing OB/GYN care. They have two children; Air Force Captain Daniel, recently returning from a 7 month deployment in Afghanistan flying 158 Missions, to Elmendorf AFB where he pilots C-17 aircraft, and Andrea, who is working at a Tampa law firm.