WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Patricia Holliman has been named to the inaugural class of the Triad Business Journal’s 20 In Their 20s Award honorees. According to the TBJ, the winners “have made significant contributions to their workplaces and communities before they turn 30.” The 20 honorees represent a wide range of industry sectors from all across the Piedmont Triad.

Companies rely on Holliman to resolve their complex labor and employment disputes, in which company reputations and potentially huge sums of money are at stake. But she was doing remarkable things long before she joined the firm in 2016. Her family moved to North Carolina from Germany when Patricia was seven. Not only did she have to attend a new school halfway around the world, she had to learn a new language. 

But she did learn English and excelled in school. She not only graduated from NC State University in just two years, but she earned summa cum laude honors and graduated as class valedictorian. From there, she made the short trip from Raleigh to Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law. There, she again was a highly accomplished scholar, while also devoting more than 100 hours to pro bono service as a law school student.

At Womble Bond Dickinson, Patricia litigates high-stakes employment cases, including those involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims, and allegations of wage and hour law violations. She also works closely with companies to help ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, helping them effectively anticipate and manage their risks and avoid potential litigation. Patricia’s fluency in German has proven to be a valuable asset to her clients as well.

Her extensive community and pro bono service includes serving on the board of the Downtown Winston Salem Partnership and having helped lead Womble Bond Dickinson’s participation in the Legal Feeding Frenzy efforts. This annual campaign, organized by the North Carolina Bar Association, challenges law firms to collect food and money on behalf of the state’s food banks. Patricia also has taken a lead role in raising money within the firm for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Her pro bono legal service includes advising non-profits on employment issues and advocating for children in court through the NC Guardian Ad Litem program.