HolmanTeague &ndash Real Estate Law • Land Use Law • Business Law • Climate Change Law

Michael Holman

Business, Real Estate

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Michael Holman is a founder and partner of HolmanTeague. Michael is an experienced transactional and business attorney representing some of the best-known and well-regarded business interests in the Napa Valley. Since 1999, Michael has worked with wineries, growers and other wine and food industry participants in the following areas: private placement of securities, mergers and acquisitions, partnership and corporate tax, business succession planning, and real property matters. Michael is well known in the business for his pragmatic approach without compromising his role as an aggressive advocate for his client's interests.

Michael has served as a volunteer pro-bono attorney for the past eight years and is the recipient of the 2003 Wiley W. Manuel Award given by Legal Aid of the North Bay for outstanding pro-bono work. Michael currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Board of Legal Aid of Napa Valley.

Michael received his law degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law where he was a senior articles editor on the UC Davis Law Review.

Representative clients include:

  • Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
  • Silver Oak Cellars
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards and Winery
  • Harlan Estate
  • Meadowood Napa Valley
  • Kenzo Estate
  • Trefethen Vineyards and Winery
  • Kongsgaard Wine
  • Polaris Wines, Bernard Portet
  • Amicus Cellars, X Winery
  • Napa Recycling & Waste Services 


Kevin Teague

Real Estate, Land Use

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Kevin Teague is a founder and partner of HolmanTeague. Kevin is a land use and environmental lawyer, who assists his clients with navigating the regulatory and political processes to obtain entitlements. He represents clients before local government to obtain use permits, subdivision maps and CEQA certification, as well as before state and federal agencies to obtain wetland and other resource permits. 

Kevin began his legal career as a land use lawyer in Seattle, where his projects ranged from work on the new Seattle Seahawks stadium, to intense downtown mixed use development, to master planning for colleges and hospitals. He also taught land use and planning law at the University of Washington in the Masters program for architecture and planning.  In 2002, Kevin moved back to Napa, where he grew up.  Kevin focuses his practice on clients who own or invest in land and are looking to preserve or enhance their assets, and for clients who build projects – like hotels and resorts, wineries and vineyards, retail and condominium projects, schools, housing projects, medical institutions, industrial facilities, and adaptive reuses of historic buildings.

Kevin graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law.  Kevin has been selected multiple times in the Northern California Super Lawyers.

Local projects and representations include:

  • Harlan Estate
  • Meadowood Resort
  • The St. Regis Napa
  • The Napa Valley Reserve
  • The Ritz-Carlton Napa Valley
  • Calistoga Ranch
  • The Westin Hotel
  • Ram's Gate Winery
  • Cole's Chop House
  • Milliken Creek Inn
  • The Oxbow Market
  • The Soscol Hotel
  • Hussey Ranch Subdivision
  • Justin-Siena High School
  • St. Johns School

Cathy Roche

Real Estate, Land Use, Climate Change

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Cathy Roche is a founder and partner of HolmanTeague. Cathy has developed a practice specializing in Local Government law, land use planning and Federal and State Climate Change law. Experience includes appearances before Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, Planning Commissions and the governing bodies of special purpose districts. During her 23 years of legal practice, Cathy has handled a variety of administrative matters including use permits, certificates of compliance, certificates of legal nonconformity, water rights, floodplain development, wastewater treatment facilities permits, compliance with CEQA and the regulatory requirements of the State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game.

For the last 5 years, Cathy has acquired expertise in the developing regulations at a Federal and State level relating to Climate Change, including expertise in carbon markets, carbon trading and greenhouse gas quantification and impacts mitigation. She has taught continuing legal education courses on climate change regulation.

Cathy has worked with several local non-profit agencies and has served on the Board of Directors of such organizations as: Community Development Block Grant Committee, Volunteer Center of Napa County, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Hands Across Napa Valley, 25th District Agriculture Association, Wolfe Center, Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center, and Sustainable Napa County. She currently services as Trustee of The Peter and Vernice Gasser Foundation.

Cathy is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Prior to earning her JD, Cathy received a Master in Science in Organic Chemistry from the Ohio State University.

Rob Anglin

Real Estate, Land Use

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Rob Anglin is a founder and partner of HolmanTeague. Rob assists wineries, growers, restaurants, resorts and healthcare institutions in obtaining government approval for the establishment or expansion of their facilities. These approvals have included variances, design review permits, zoning clearances, use permits and modifications, re-zoning, zoning text amendments, and general plan amendments. Rob also counsels landowners on real property issues related to local government regulation such as lot line adjustments, Williamson Act contracts, certificates of compliance, code enforcement issues, and protection from involuntary parcel merger.

Rob attended the University of Georgia at Athens and the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Rob is admitted to practice in California and Georgia.

Seminar Presentations:

Panelist, "Sustainable Beer and Wine Production," Environmental Law Society Symposium, UC Davis School of Law (March 7, 2014)

Lecturer on Land Use Law, Stanford Law School, Wine and the Law, Fall 2011 & Spring 2013

Lecturer on Land Use Law, UC Davis School of Law, Wine and the Law, Spring 2014

Best Practices of Owning and Operating a Winery, "Land Use Permitting" presentation - February 26, 2009 & March 19, 2010, Napa, California

Wine Law in America - Planting a Vineyard or Constructing a Winery, "Understanding Entitlements and Regulatory Costs and Timelines" presentation - July 24, 2009, Sonoma California

Conor Massey

Business, Real Estate, Land Use

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Conor Massey is a partner of HolmanTeague. Conor is an experienced real estate and business transactional attorney representing a broad range of well-known and well-regarded business interests in the Napa Valley.  Since 2003, Conor has worked with property owners and businesses, including wineries, growers and other wine and food industry participants in the following areas: business formation and succession planning, general counsel, commercial leases, real property purchases and sales and all other types of real property matters.

Conor is active in the Napa Valley Community and the greater Bay Area, serving on Boards of the Napa Valley Historical Society, the Napa Valley Education Foundation, Napa Little League and the Swedish American Patriotic League.  He is also an active member of the Napa Sunrise Rotary Club.

Conor lives in Napa Valley with his wife and three sons.  Some of his favorite hobbies include music, cooking, and traveling.  Conor is also an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying anything sports-related, including baseball, golf, football (particularly a Giants or 49ers game), and skiing.

Conor obtained his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law. While at Hastings, Conor served as an editor of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy,  and as a legal intern with the Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, D.C.

Honors & Awards

Top 40 Under 40, North Bay Business Journal


Wine Law & Real Estate Issues

Napa Valley Grapegrowers

John Heffner

Business, Real Estate

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John comes to HolmanTeague with over 13 years of broad legal experience.  John has handled all aspects of litigation in both state and federal court, and he takes a very pragmatic approach to his client’s needs.  John recognizes that sometimes, the best litigators work to avoid litigation.  John also has experience handling business transactions and real estate transactions.

Prior to joining HolmanTeague, John was a Director at Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, where he practiced litigation and business law for eight years and worked with clients in all aspects of the wine industry.  Before coming to Napa in 2007, John was a litigation attorney at Reed Smith LLP (formerly Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May) in Oakland and San Francisco for 5 years.

John graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002.  While there, the Texas International Law Journal awarded him the Baker & Botts LLP Best Note Award.  John also externed for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, the late Federal District Court Judge responsible for the most extensive school desegregation orders in legal history.  While in law school, John was also an Equal Justice America Fellow and an AmeriCorps VISTA Member in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  John also spent a semester at Bond University in Australia studying alternative dispute resolution.

In 1999, John received his B.A. in history from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania with honors and spent a summer interning at the White House in 1998.

John grew up split between Scottsdale, Arizona and Charleston, South Carolina.  He lives in Napa with his two children and gorgeous wife Megan Heffner, and is an avid road and mountain biker.


Honors & Awards

Top 40 Under 40, North Bay Business Journal, April 2013.

Graduate of National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Trial Program, 2013

Recognition for pro bono work from Legal Aid of Napa Valley


Member of California State Bar and all Federal Courts in California

Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court for Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties

Former Board Member, Napa County Bar Association

Former Board Member, Leadership Napa Valley

Member of Class 27, Leadership Napa Valley

Former Board Member of River School Foundation in Napa, California




Megan Healy, Of Counsel

Business, Real Estate, Trademark Law

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Megan Healy practices business, real estate, and trademark law with HTRA and advises wineries, growers, and hospitality businesses in these areas.

Megan received her J.D from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003. She was on the Dean's List in 2002 and 2003 and graduated with High Honors.  While in law school, Megan was a member of the Emory University International Law Review and served as managing editor of the journal in 2002-2003.

In 2003, Megan worked as a legal intern at The Coca-Cola Company in the company's trademark department. Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis, in 2000.

Susan Schwegman, Of Counsel


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Susan represents individuals and companies in all stages of business cycles. Her practice encompasses a wide range of legal issues, including entity formation, contract negotiations, private financing, corporate policies and procedures, risk management, employment matters, business development, and litigation management.

Susan worked for Bechtel Corporate and Bechtel Enterprises from 1989 through 1995, where she represented the company as In-House Counsel, served as Executive Assistant to the President and CFO, and worked as a project Developer. In 1995, Susan co-founded Worrel and Schwegman, where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants on an array of employment law issues. Since 2002, Susan has worked in private practice in Napa and San Francisco serving business and employment needs of the wine industry and restaurateurs.

Susan is committed to pro-bono work. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Napa Valley and the Chair of the Development Committee for the organization. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Area Legal Aid. Susan obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1989.