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Hollingsworth, Jarvis V.
Jarvis V. Hollingsworth
P: +1.713.221.1460
F: +1.713.437.5312

Tammy Jenkins


Jarvis V. Hollingsworth counsels boards of directors/trustees of public and private companies and government and educational entities on their duties, corporate governance and director liability, as well as regulatory and finance matters. He also advises clients on Sarbanes Oxley and Frank Dodd compliance and serves as the Corporate Secretary to boards of directors.

As head of the firm's public entities practice, Jarvis advises schools, colleges, universities, and government entities on public and education law, including public finance. He is a member of the firm's Finance and Political Action Committees.

Jarvis advises clients on government strategies, employment contracts, grievances, employee terminations, school and college governance, coalition building, strategic communications, and policy development. He provides counsel on open meetings, public information, bidding and contract matters, municipal bonds and public finance, and internal investigations.

Jarvis also represents private companies in their dealings with public bodies. His practice encompasses lobbying and public policy advocacy, coalition building and strategic communications for business interests before federal, state and local agencies.

He maintains an active election-law practice, advising clients on compliance with state and federal campaign finance, ethics and lobby laws, regulations, and reporting requirements.

His practice advises boards of trustees of pension systems and retirement funds in formulating investment policies for traditional and alternative assets, determining asset allocations and the hiring of investment advisors.

Jarvis has first and second-chair jury and non-jury trial experience. He represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. As a former general civil trial lawyer, he prosecuted and defended matters involving complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as energy, real estate, breach of contract, class action, and multi-district litigation. He also represented clients regarding Title VII and Section 183 employment claims, general negligence, product liability, wrongful death, mass tort, premises liability, construction, toxic exposure, business torts, fraud, misrepresentation, and professional negligence.

Jarvis is a former Regent on the board of the University of Houston System where he served one term each as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Board and terms as Chairman of the Finance, Endowment, Executive, and Compensation committees.

Jarvis is also a former Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a Texas state agency which manages a $100 billion-plus pension trust fund.


J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1993
B.S., U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1985

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas


Tri-Cities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2015-Present
Fort Bend Economic Development Council Board of Directors, 2013-Present
University of Houston System Board of Regents, 2009; Chair, Endowment Committee, 2014-15, 2009-11; Chairman of the Board, 2013-14; Chair, Executive and Compensation Committees, 2013-14; Board Vice-Chair, 2012-13 Board Secretary, 2011-12; Chair, Finance Committee, 2011-12; 2012-13
Houston Health Museum, 2013-Present
Teacher Retirement System of Texas Pension Fund, Board of Directors, 2002-2008; Chairman, 2005-2008
State Bar of Texas, 1993-Present; Director, 2001-2004
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2005-present
Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2005-present; Board of Directors, 2007-2009; Treasurer, 2009
United Way, Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Member, 2004-Present
Greater Houston Partnership Local Governmental Relations Committee, Chair, 2007-2008
NAACP, Houston Chapter, Executive Committee, 2000-2006
Houston Bar Association, 1993-Present
Houston Lawyers Association, 1993-Present
Greater Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau, Director, 1998-2008


Infogroup, Inc., Director, 2010-present
Journal of EDM Finance, Spring 2010
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2007 and 2008
Lehman Brothers Private Equity Advisory Board, 2008
Black Enterprise Magazine, Top 75 Blacks on Wall Street, 2006
State Bar of Texas, Outstanding Third-Year Director, 2004
United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, 2004-present