Nancy Hollander

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Nancy Hollander

An internationally recognized criminal defense lawyer, Nancy Hollander, has been a member of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward PA, since 1980 and a shareholder since 1983. Ms. Hollander has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, nine U.S. Courts of Appeal, seven U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Southern Ute Tribal Court and New Mexico. She is also on the list of counsel for the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the U.S. Department of Defense’s Pool of Qualified Civilian Defense Counsel for Military Commissions.


For more than three decades, Ms. Hollander’s practice has largely been devoted to representing individuals and organizations accused of crimes, including those involving national security issues, in trial and on appeal. She is currently lead appellate counsel for Chelsea Manning in the military appellate courts. She also won Ms. Manning’s release in 2017 when President Obama commuted her sentence from 35 years to seven years. Ms. Hollander has also represented two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, and in 2016, she won the freedom of one of them – Mohamedou Ould Slahi – after 11 years of pro bono representation. His story is chronicled in his New York Times-bestselling book Guantanamo Diary, which Ms. Hollander helped facilitate and publish.


In addition to her criminal defense practice, Ms. Hollander has been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and she has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also served as a consultant to the defense in a high-profile terrorism case in Ireland and has assisted counsel in other international cases. In 1992-93, Ms. Hollander was the first woman President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Chosen by her peers as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, she also is a member of the European Criminal Bar Association, and in 2017, she was appointed to the American Bar Association’s International Criminal Justice Standards Task Force.


A seasoned trial lawyer and respected criminal law expert, Ms. Hollander has taught in numerous trial-practice programs, including the National Criminal Defense College, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Today, she regularly teaches trial advocacy in the U.S. and Europe and is on the faculty at MCI Management Center in Innsbruck, Austria. She has taught training courses for criminal defense lawyers wishing to appear before international tribunals, coordinated a jury trial training project in Russia and been a consultant to the U.N. Development Programme in Vietnam.


Ms. Hollander has conducted more than 200 seminars and presentations around the globe on various subjects, including the securing of evidence in international cases, forfeiture, illegal search and seizure, expert witnesses, defense of child abuse cases, ethics, evidence and trial practice. She has also written extensively on these and other criminal law topics. She is co-author of WestGroup’s Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Wharton’s Criminal Evidence, 15th Edition and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure, 14th Edition.


In 2016, Ms. Hollander received a Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Lawyers for New Mexico. She was chosen as Best Lawyers’ Albuquerque Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2010, White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2011 and General Practice Lawyer of the Year in 2016. In 2001, she was named as one of America’s top 50 women litigators by the National Law Journal. Ms. Hollander has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers. She was selected as Professional Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation in 2006. In 2007, she was profiled in Super Lawyers’s top 25 New Mexico lawyers and has continued to be recognized every year since.


The former Executive Director of the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union from 1971 to 1975, Ms. Hollander earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was an editor of New Mexico Law Review. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Hollander also holds security clearances.


Follow Ms. Hollander on Twitter: @NancyHollander_.


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