Modrall Sperling mourns the passing of Timothy C. Holm, a beloved friend and colleague who left us unexpectedly on July 28, 2020. Tim joined the firm in 1987, returning from North Carolina to Albuquerque, where he had spent part of his childhood. An avid sports fan, Tim tried to embrace the Lobos but remained a loyal Tar-Heel, having received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina, where he was named to the Order of the Coif.
Back in Albuquerque, Tim’s legal career thrived. He was a leader in the firm’s civil litigation practice, representing pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and other business clients in class action, mass tort and product liability litigation. Tim received numerous accolades for his creative litigation skills, having been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading individual in New Mexico in the area of litigation and by Best Lawyers of America® in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability litigation, mass tort litigation, and railroad law. He was twice selected by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Albuquerque for his practice areas. He was further honored by Benchmark Litigation as a local Litigation Star and was selected as one of the Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers by Southwest Super Lawyers®.
Tim was a leader of the firm, serving over the years on our Executive Committee and as Chair of the Associates Committee, but he was best known as a leader of the peloton, riding almost daily (if not twice daily) on the Bosque bike trail, regardless of the weather. A lover of music with eclectic tastes, Tim was a voracious reader and impatient poet, quick to offer his unfiltered opinions, whether or not they were solicited.
Tim was kind-hearted, brilliant, tenacious, charitable, demanding, and could always be counted on to bring a laugh or a smile to us all with his irreverent sense of humor. He was a loving son and brother, commuting to North Carolina the past 5 years to care for his mother and sister (who meant the world to him). Most of all, Tim was generous of spirit, donating much of his earnings to multiple causes and anyone in need, and of his time off the bike to mentoring associates and volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He will be greatly missed.