Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance, KPMG LLP
November 11, 2011
Sven Erik Holmes is the Executive Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance for KPMG LLP where he directs the office of general counsel, government affairs, security, communications, and the firm’s ethics and compliance programs. He is also counsel to the Board of Directors and a member of the Management Committee. Judge Holmes was appointed by President William J. Clinton as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, where he served from 1995-2005, and as Chief Judge from 2003-2005. Judge Holmes was a member of the Budget Committee for the federal judiciary from 2001-2005, serving as Vice Chair 2004-2005, and taught Constitutional Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law from 1999-2005. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in transactions, business litigation, and investigations. Judge Holmes was Staff Director and General Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987-1989, Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles from 1989-1993 and Administrative Assistant to the Governor David L. Boren of Oklahoma from 1975-1977.
He received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1973, J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 and LLM (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Thomas R. Brett from 1980-1981.