Our Firm

Hollister & Brace founders, J. James Hollister, III and William A. Brace, believed that a firm built on mutual respect among skillful lawyers who enjoy working together would best serve its clients. For over 50 years, that spirit has continued at Hollister & Brace, where the firm’s attorneys and staff work together to deliver the highest level of comprehensive legal services for the firm’s clients. This commitment and achievement have led to recognition in the community as well as peer recognition of Hollister & Brace as a firm of preeminent lawyers.

As the number and reputations of Hollister & Brace attorneys have grown, the firm’s practice has expanded from one centered on the California Central Coast to a practice that extends to state and federal courts throughout the United States and representation of clients in many parts of the world. The firm’s practice areas are diverse and described more completely under the Practice Groups: Business, Real Property, including Land Use, Transactions and Environmental Practice, Taxation, Oil, Gas and Minerals, Litigation, Class Actions, Estate Planning, and Family Practice.

Members of the firm are also committed to serving our profession and our community. Five members of the firm have served as president of Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Our lawyers frequently appear as speakers and authors for continuing legal education programs and seminars sponsored by the state and local bar associations and other professional organizations, and several of our lawyers have served as instructors at the Santa Barbara College of Law. Additionally, our lawyers have taken leadership positions in the community, serving as officers, directors and trustees of various community organizations, including, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara Nautical Museum, Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc., Santa Barbara Foundation, Courthouse Legacy Foundation, and United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.