Holly Wiseman is an attorney with over 30 years of experience practicing law in both the civil and criminal arenas. A native of Mobile, AL, she graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and Boston University Law School in 1979, then clerked for Justice Janie L. Shores, the first woman justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Ms. Wiseman worked for several years as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham, Al, before becoming a partner in a small, general litigation law firm in Birmingham.
In 1986 Ms. Wiseman joined the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, where she handled high profile political corruption cases, then became Director of the Texas Attorney General’s Antitrust Division. Under her leadership, that office obtained the largest antitrust judgment obtained to that date in Texas. After a hiatus to obtain an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Ms. Wiseman joined the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she first handled voting redistricting cases, then prosecuted hate crimes, police brutality and human trafficking. This included the first case brought under the U.S. Trafficking Protection Act of 2000. For her work on these cases, she was awarded the first and second highest honors given by the Department in Justice.
From 2003-2008, Ms. Wiseman was assigned by DOJ to work abroad as a consultant to various countries, including Moldova, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, on the issues of human trafficking and corruption. As a result of her efforts in Moldova, that country passed anti-trafficking legislation consistent with UN protocols; she also spearheaded the formation, training and operations of an inter-agency anti-trafficking Task Force that resulted in the first successful prosecutions of traffickers. In 2009, Ms. Wiseman began working for the New Orleans Inspector General’s Office, establishing the new Independent Police Monitor’s Office.