Sven Erik Holmes
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Sven Erik Holmes

Sven Erik Holmes (born 1951) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and currently the Vice Chairman, Legal, Risk and Regulatory, and Chief Legal Officer for KPMG LLP, a global accounting firm. He directs the office of general counsel, risk management, government affairs, security, and ethics and compliance programs. He is also counsel to the board of directors and a member of the management committee. He is currently chairman of the board for the Council for Court Excellence. In 2009, Ethicsphere named him one of America's 100 most influential people in business ethics. In 2007, Accounting Today named him one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting." In 2014, National Law Journal named him "America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel."[1]

Early life and education

Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma,[2] Holmes received his Artium Baccalaureus degree from Harvard University in 1973, a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980, and a Master of Laws (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Thomas Rutherford Brett from 1980 to 1981.


Previously, Holmes was a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., was staff director and general counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987 to 1989, Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1993, and administrative assistant to Governor David L. Boren of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1977. He also taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law from 1999 to 2005. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works, and the Board of Trustees of Ford's Theatre.

Federal judicial service

Holmes was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 22, 1994, to a seat vacated by Judge James O. Ellison. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and received commission on November 21, 1994. In 2001, Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed him to the Budget Committee for the Judicial Conference of the United States, where he served as vice chair from 2004 to 2005. The Budget Committee consults with Judicial Conference committees to formulate and submit for approval by the Conference's annual budget; it then presents the budget to the United States Congress. He served as chief judge from 2003 to 2005. His service terminated on March 13, 2005, due to resignation.


Raised in Oklahoma, Holmes currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Lois Romano, a long-time journalist with The Washington Post. They have two daughters.


  1. ^ "America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel". 
  2. ^ "Holmes Takes Oath as Federal Judge". The Oklahoman, April 12, 1995. Retrieved May 9, 2017.


Legal offices
Preceded by
James O. Ellison

Succeeded by
Gregory Kent Frizzell
Preceded by
Terence C. Kern

Succeeded by
Claire Eagan

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