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Hon. Gregory P. Holder (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Tampa, Florida.

Hon. Gregory P. Holder (Ret.)

Zinober Diana & Monteverde P.A.
607 W. Horatio Street
Tampa, FL 33606
Tel: (813) 644-3736 - Tammie
Website: www.zinoberdiana.com
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2021
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2022): 300
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2022): 50
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Biographical

Retired Judge Gregory P. Holder is a native of Melbourne, Florida. In 1975, he 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 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 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. He resigned his Regular Commission in 1988 and accepted a USAF Reserve Commission serving at U.S. Special Operations Command ("USSOCOM") from 1988 through 1996. While serving at USSOCOM, he was awarded his Master Paratrooper Wings, Air Assault Wings and British Jump Wings. He served from 1996 through 2004 as one of only six Air Force Reserve Military Judges. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on 1 February 2004, Colonel Holder served as the Chief Reserve Trial Judge for the USAF. Judge Holder was elected as a County Court Judge in 1994 and Circuit Court Judge in 1996. He served in virtually every division within Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Judge Holder served as a Hillsborough County Judge for 26 years. He served 13 years within the General Civil Division, 10 years in the Felony Division, and presided over the Veterans Treatment Court from 2014 to 2016, where he expanded the role of the court helping veterans overcome service-related issues. In this role, he helped to create the National Model for Veterans Treatment Courts and currently serves on the National Veterans Court Alliance working with U.S. Congressmen and Senators to develop legislation to provide Federal funds and oversight to the nation's Veterans Treatment Courts.

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 for his protection of abused, abandoned and neglected children and the University of Phoenix, West Florida Campus, Outstanding Faculty Award for both 2009 and 2018.  In 2011, Judge Holder was selected by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to serve as Florida Chairman of the Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve supporting over 35,000 military members and their families.  The ESGR serves to protect employment rights of our citizen soldiers and recognizes outstanding and patriotic employers for going above and beyond in their support of the Guard and Reserve forces.  Judge Holder has been awarded two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for service to Florida’s Veterans.  From 1989 to the present, Judge Holder has served as both a Board Member, Advisory Board Member and Organizing Committee Member of the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association.  Through his over 30 years of service to this organization, he and this Association have raised millions of dollars for local charities supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls, Inc.  In 2014, Judge Holder became Chairman Emeritus of the Florida ESGR and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.  In 2016, he received the Ad Majorem Award from the Alliance for Global Narcotics Training in recognition and appreciation for his service in the fight against prescription drug abuse.  Recently, Judge Holder received the Veterans Treatment Court Legacy Award for 2017 and the 2019 Military Family of the Year Award presented by the Diversity Action Coalition.  In October 2020, he was awarded the Keeping the American Patriotic Spirit Alive award from the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County. On February 9, 2021, Judge Holder was honored by both Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa City Council with a Proclamation and Commendation for his years of service to this community.

Judge Holder served as a Lead Faculty/Area Chair for the Central Florida Campus of the University of Phoenix and an Adjunct Professor at Webster University until 2020.  He served as Adjunct Faculty at USF College of Behavioral Sciences until 2021. Judge Holder has been married to D. A. (“Dee”) Kobliska for over 45 years.  Dee served over 23 years active duty 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, U.S. Air Force, Major Daniel Holder, C-17 Pilot, and Andrea Holder, a practicing commercial litigation attorney. 


Case Experience

  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Unfair Competition
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Juris Doctor - 1981
    • Stetson Law Review, Associate Editor
    • 1981 Lawyer’s Title Guaranty Fund Law Student Writing Award
    • 1981 Victor O. Wehle Trial Practice Award; Faculty Research Assistant
  • United States Military Academy (West Point), West Point, New York
    • B.S. - 1974 
    • Major: Engineering 
  • University of West Florida
    • M.B.A. - 1978 

 


Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 1982 to Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, 1988 to Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals 
  • Department of Defense Florida Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (Chairman Emeritus)

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