Allan R. Holmes

A native of North, South Carolina, Mr. Holmes graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1970 and the USC Law Center in 1973.

After law school, Mr. Holmes was selected as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, a position in which he served from 1974 until 1977. In this capacity, he represented indigents in civil rights and other litigation. Well before law schools offered courses on welfare law, consumer rights and public housing, Mr. Holmes was providing advocacy and support to those unable to afford to access the judicial system. During this time period, he also served as a Lecturer at Law at the South Carolina Law Center. His next position took him to yet another community service oriented practice, as he moved to Spartanburg to accept the position as Director of Litigation for Piedmont Legal Services. In 1978, he moved to North Carolina to become the first Executive Director of the North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.

In 1979, Mr. Holmes returned to South Carolina, became a partner in the firm of Halio and Holmes, and began his specialization in the area of labor and employment law. Four years later, he partnered with Coming B. Gibbs, Jr. to form the law firm of Gibbs & Holmes. The firm was created to make the attorneys' significant trial experience available to the specialized area of employment law, then moving its emphasis from organizational and NLRB issues to statutory or common law claims and jury trials.

Mr. Holmes has been certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court for more than 25 years, since 1988. He served as a member of the South Carolina Bar's Employment and Labor Law Specialization Advisory Board from 1997 until 1999, as Chairman of the Labor Management & Relations Committee and has been a member of the Labor and Employment Law Council. He is also a member of the ABA's Labor and Employment Law Section.

As a practitioner in labor and employment law, Mr. Holmes has been the on-going recipient of the Best Lawyers in America award and named as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in this area. His Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating has consistently been 5.0 out of 5.0, AV preeminent. Gibbs & Holmes is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as one of the nation's preeminent law firms in labor and employment law, and has enjoyed the rare distinction of selection by the U.S. News and Best Lawyers as one of its Tier 1 Best Law Firms for Employment Law in Charleston for both individual employees and corporations. The Firm was simultaneously recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in representing management in traditional labor law issues. Recently, Mr. Holmes was honored by Best Lawyers' 2014-15 as Charleston Lawyer of the Year, for Labor Law- Management.

Mr. Holmes has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law, where he teaches employment-related courses, and often instructs continuing legal education classes.

Mr. Holmes is admitted to the South Carolina Bar (1973), the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (1974), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1974), and the Supreme Court of the United States (1981). Cases of note include: Middleton v. Motley Rice, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81242 (D.S.C. 2010); Ray v. Bowers, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117637 (D.S.C. 2009); Shea Development Corp. v. Watson, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22680 (S.D.N.Y. 2008); Outlaw v. Associated Container, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69660 (D.S.C. 2007); Washington v. International Paper Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100685 (D.S.C. 2006); Martin v. Orthodontic Ctrs. Of S.C., 93 F. Supp.2d 682 (D.S.C. 1999), aff'd 210 F.3d 361 (4th Cir. 2000); Nettles v. Techplan Corp., 704 F. Supp 95, 3 Indiv. Empl. Rts. Cas. (BNA) 1261, 28 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 1427 (D.S.C. 1988); Gamble v. International Paper Realty Corp., 323 S.C. 267, 474 S.E.2d 438, 12 Indiv. Empl. Rts. Cas. (BNA) 127 (S.C. 1996); Cullum Mechanical Construction and Wokasch, 281 NLRB 453 (1986).




JD 1973, University of South Carolina
BS 1970, University of South Carolina, Arts & Science Economics


Admitted to practice before all South Carolina state Courts, the United States District Court for South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Member of the American Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment Law); the South Carolina Bar (Employment and Labor Law Section); and the Charleston County Bar Association.