When confronted with loss and grief, those suffering can take two completely different paths. On the one hand, some people find themselves trapped in an endless cycle of pain, unable to move forward. On the other hand, some manage to channel their anguish into something remarkable. Fortunately, Holly J. Moore, a Southern California divorce attorney, finds herself in the latter group.

Holly Moore

Holly Moore

Holly grew up in a beautiful mountain town nestled between Tahoe and Yosemite in Northern Central California. Her hardworking and loving parents gave her a charmed childhood filled with opportunities. Holly also had an older brother whom she shared a love for competitive skiing with. Together, they dreamed of attending college and embarking on exciting adventures.

“My brother was an incredibly talented ski racer and had the privilege of being on the U.S. Ski Team,” she says. “We had this grand plan of going to UC Santa Barbara together. I would do his homework and he would get me into the cool parties.”

However, tragedy struck when Holly's brother was killed in a car accident when she was just 16 years old.

“Instantly, those dreams or visions you had for your future are pulled out from underneath you,” she says. “It was a devastating loss for me, especially considering that he was not only my brother but also my best friend.”

In the wake of her brother's untimely passing, Holly's parents were unwavering in their support, enrolling her in different grief groups to help her work through her pain. However, in these groups, Holly encountered people who remained trapped in their grief even after several years had passed. Witnessing these self-destructive behaviors, Holly decided to forge a different path moving forward.

“I was determined not to become one of those individuals who continued to rely on support groups for years without being able to function properly,” she says. “Instead, I aspired to join the group of individuals who channeled their hardships into something remarkable.”

From an early age, Holly felt an unexplainable fascination with the legal profession — despite having no lawyers in her family or personal connections to the field. She was drawn to the idea of making a meaningful impact through the law, recognizing the power it held.

“For some reason, I saw that lawyers had this power,” she says. “Going through something difficult in your life and having your life kind of fall apart must have resonated with me.” 

Although Holly briefly considered a career in counseling after her brother's passing, fate had other plans in store for her. As she embarked on her legal journey, Holly discovered that her role as a divorce attorney involved counseling-like responsibilities. She realized that she could use her own life experiences and skills to guide and support clients during the challenging process of divorce.

Rather than derailing her life, the loss of her brother fueled her determination to rise above her grief and contribute positively to the lives of others. Today, as a divorce attorney and founder of Moore Family Law Group, Holly embraces her role as a counselor and advocate, empowering her clients to navigate the challenging landscape of divorce with strength. 

“What they need is to feel like somebody cares or like somebody's listening to them,” she explains. “I can help educate them about their mindset, and having the knowledge myself helps me achieve this.”



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