DALLAS – Holly Rampy was a small part
of one of the biggest murder cases in Texas.
While going to school at Texas Tech
University School of Law in Lubbock, she worked part time for attorney Bruce Martin. His client: “Angel of Death” Vicki Dawn
Jackson, the nurse accused of killing 10 Nocona General Hospital patients in 2000 and
“I worked on that for a couple of years,
summers and spring breaks and Christmases,” Rampy told The Record. “I enjoyed it, but quickly realized criminal
law was not for me.”
Rampy is an associate with Orsinger,
Nelson, Downing & Anderson, with her practice based on divorce and complex
property division, modification actions, enforcement actions and child custody
litigation and mediation.
was recently named to the Top 100 Up-and-Coming
attorneys listing, which recognizes the best young lawyers in any practice
across Texas. This is her first time among the Top 50
Up-and-Coming Women attorneys, and her fourth time on the Texas Rising Stars list for 2017.
It is also her first time on the Top 100-and-coming attorneys.
While many of her divorce and child
custody cases start out bleak, she said there is usually light at the end.
“It’s definitely emotional work,” Rampy
said. “People come to us, often at their very lowest, emotionally and
That’s where her talent comes into the
“Having a specialized skill to lead somebody
through this very difficult time, to get to a place where they can see some
hope. … Getting somebody through that and to the other side, there’s nothing more
special,” she said.
Rampy said her own experience has made
“I come from divorced parents. My parents
divorced when I was 9 years old and certainly my experiences have shaped me in
She grew up in a blended family, which
helps her relate to her clients.
Rampy said she is humbled by the
recognition, but also gives credit to Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson.
“This is an individual award, but this
firm is a team effort in every way, from amazing the paralegals and support
staff,” she said. “The partners are absolutely outstanding. I am honored to
work every day by their side and to learn from them. “What they’ve poured into me has
allowed me to flourish.”
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was Rampy's fourth time on the Top 50 up-and-Coming Women Attorney's list. It is her fourth time on the Texas Rising Stars list, but her first on the Women's Attorney list.