H. Russel Holland

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Hezekiah Russel Holland

Hezekiah Russel Holland (born 1936), more commonly known as H. Russel Holland, is a United States federal judge.

Born in Pontiac, Michigan, Holland received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 1958 and an LL.B. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1961. He was a law clerk with Justice Buell A. Nesbett of the Supreme Court of the Alaska in 1961. He was an assistant United States Attorney of the Anchorage, Alaska division from 1963 to 1965, and was then in private practice in Anchorage until 1984.

On March 6, 1984, Holland was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Alaska vacated by James A. von der Heydt. Holland was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 26, 1984, and received his commission on July 16, 1984. He served as chief judge from 1989 to 1995, assuming senior status on September 18, 2001.

Judge Holland presided over the litigation ensuing after the Exxon Valdez disaster.