NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Robert Lee Holloway Jr. of Columbia to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section.
Holloway, 62, replaces Judge Jeff Bivins, who was recently appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Holloway has been a Circuit Court judge for the 22nd Judicial District, which includes Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties. He was appointed to that position in 1998 by Gov. Don Sundquist. He was elected in August 1998 and again in 2006.
“Tennesseans are fortunate to have Judge Holloway to step into this important role,” Haslam said. “He has distinguished himself both on the bench and in various ways in the community. This appointment will serve the Middle Section well.”
Holloway served as general counsel for Columbia Power and Water Systems from 1983-1998 and was general counsel and corporate secretary for Kwik Sak, Inc. from 1982-1995. He was a partner with Fleming, Holloway, Flynn and Sands from 1982-1998 and was with Lovell, Holloway and Sands from 1979-1982. He was law clerk for the Hon. James W. Parrott at the Eastern Section Court of Appeals 1978-1979.
“I am deeply honored by Governor Haslam’s appointment to the Court of Criminal Appeals,” Holloway said. “I look forward to working with the appellate judges on the court. I believe my 16 years as a Circuit Judge have prepared me for this new challenge. I will miss working with the judges, clerks, and attorneys in the 22nd Judicial District.”
Holloway received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He attended Columbia Central High School. Holloway was president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference in 2012-2013.
He has been active in the Boy Scouts of America and is past president of the Columbia Kiwanis Club. His civic activities have included the United Way of Maury County, the Maury County YMCA, Maury County Public Education Foundation and Crime-Stoppers of Maury County.
Holloway and his wife, Molly, have five children and four grandchildren.