Perry Dampf


Melvin L. "Kip" Holden

Kip Holden joined Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions upon his retirement as Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge after serving 12 years. Kip worked with governmental officials at the local, state, national and international levels. He is now handling mediations and arbitrations throughout Louisiana.

Prior to 2004, Kip had achieved a 20-year distinguished career in public service and was elected Mayor-President by a broad, diverse base of support throughout the parish to become the first African-American Mayor-President in parish history on January 1, 2005. Prior to his political stint, Kip’s litigation background included personal injury and representation of businesses. He is also an adjunct professor at Southern University and taught courses on topics including alternative dispute resolution.

Areas of Concentration

Mediations and Arbitrations

Personal Injury

Automobile Accidents

Governmental Disputes

Commercial Disputes


Property Damage

Construction Disputes


B.A., Louisiana State University (1974)

M.A., Southern University (1982)

J.D., Southern University School of Law (1985)


Member of Louisiana State Bar Association and Baton Rouge Bar Association

Invited to study at the Oxford University Round Table in England

National League of Cities Board Member

National League of Cities Council for Youth, Education and Families

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Ex-Officio Board Member

Councilman, Baton Rouge Metro Council District 2, 1984-1988

Adjunct Professor at Southern University School of Law