Holly M. Kirby

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Holly M. Kirby (born July 9, 1957) is an American jurist who served as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1995 to 2013 and was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in December 2013.[1]

Kirby was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee. She attended Memphis State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1979 as the top-ranked graduate in the university's College of Engineering. She then enrolled in the Memphis State University Law School, graduating in 1982 as the third-ranked member of the class of 140. After completing her law degree, she served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Harry Wellford on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.[1]

In 1983, Kirby joined the Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter and Johnson, where she specialized in defending businesses in employment-related litigation. In 1990 she became a partner in the firm.[1]


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