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C. Mark Holt





C. Mark Holt of Raleigh is serving as president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2019-20. He will succeed President LeAnn Nease Brown of Chapel Hill as the 126th president of the NCBA on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the next NCBA Annual Meeting in Charlotte.

Holt is a partner in Holt Sherlin LLP, which he co-founded in 2013 with David Sherlin, who currently serves as president of the Wake County Bar Association.

Holt has practiced in Raleigh his entire career, previously serving as a partner in Kirby & Holt (1999-2013), as an associate in Edwards & Kirby (1993-99) and as an associate in Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove (1987-92).     

A native of Oxford, Holt grew up in Fayetteville, the son of a Baptist minister and kindergarten teacher. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University in 1983, Holt accepted a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study abroad at the University of Essex, where he earned a master’s degree in government.

Holt graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1987.

Throughout his career, Holt has been a devoted member of the NCBA, as evidenced by his selection as the Young Lawyers Division’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1991. He also served as chair of the YLD Child Advocacy Committee in 1989-91.

Holt served on the NCBA Board of Governors and NCBF Board of Directors in 2014-17, during which he also chaired the Nominations Committee in 2015-16. He has served on the NCBF Oversight Committee since 2017 and the NCBF Development Committee since 2018.

Holt is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served from 2017-19 as state chair. He is also a former member (2000-04) of the N.C. Advocates for Justice Board of Governors and former advisory member of the N.C. State Bar Ethics Committee (2011-13).

He is married to Joanna Winecoff Holt and they have four children: Charles Holt, Grace Wells, Sarah Holt and Caroline Wells.


Wake Forest University
University of Essex (M.A.)
University of North Carolina School of Law


Holt Sherlin LLP
PO Box 10430
Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: 919-745-8600