Hollye C. Fisk, FAIA, NCARB, is one of the most sought after lawyers in Texas to counsel and defend design professionals. A licensed and former practicing architect who holds prestigious recognition as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, bestowed in 1991 for his service to the profession, Hollye is uniquely qualified with a dual understanding of both law and the construction industry.
Routinely called upon by architectural and engineering firms and professional liability insurance carriers alike, Hollye has mediated or tried/arbitrated all manner of claims for solo and small practitioners to six of the top ten architectural and engineering firms in the world and the largest steel supplier and the largest manufacturer of steel joists in the world over a 40-year legal career. He has obtained numerous defense verdicts in litigation and/or awards in arbitration and settlements in Texas and other states in State and Federal Court and in various foreign jurisdictions.
Hollye has handled cases spanning design and construction defect litigation, delay damage litigation, wrongful death and personal injury ranging from $10,000 to $120,000,000 and has represented design professionals from architects to engineers in all disciplines, including landscape architects, registered professional land surveyors, interior designers and registered accessibility specialists. His successes have earned him deep respect among peers and recognition by various rating groups including Super Lawyers® for more than a decade, an honor bestowed on only 5% of lawyers within the State of Texas. Clients appreciate Hollye’s straight-forward demeanor, innovative action and unique expertise.
A Houston native, Hollye comes from a family rooted in the construction industry as electrical contractors, beginning with the formation of Fisk Electric Company in Houston in 1913. However, Hollye decided to take a different approach and received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He continued his work with an Austin architectural firm while attending law school at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1972 intending to pursue a career in real estate development; however, the economy forced a different plan. Hollye became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 1973 and a registered architect in the State of Texas in 1974 all while practicing architecture in Dallas. In 1976, Hollye switched from the practice of architecture to the full-time practice of law which he has pursued since that date. Hollye is a member of both the Dallas and Texas Bar Association Construction Law Section and the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. In 2017, Hollye was among the first class of lawyers to be Board Certified in the newly-recognized specialty of Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.