April Hollingsworth represents clients primarily in labor and employment cases. She regularly represents clients in state and federal court, advocating for people who have been discriminated and/or retaliated against, or unfairly denied compensation and benefits.
April was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. As a high school senior, she was voted “Wittiest” by her classmates, and gave a strong showing in the Miss Peachtree High School pageant, playing “Devil Went Down to Georgia” on the fiddle. She got her undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Georgia in 1990. After college, she traversed the country in her 1969 Volkswagen camper van for nearly three years, spending summers working on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and wintering in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In Steamboat, she learned to love snowboarding and the mountains, but, alas, she had to work three jobs to pay for her ski pass. So she left the mountains and headed back to Atlanta, to find a “real career.” Fortuitously, she found a job selling T-shirts at sporting events around the country. At the SuperBowl in Dallas in 1993, she made enough money for a plane ticket to New Zealand, and spent the next six months traveling through the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Somewhere amongst the islands, she acquired her only addiction -- international travel. She returned home to Atlanta just in time to start law school at Georgia State University. Her addiction was at odds with her studies, but she found a compromise by spending her summers in law school studying in Austria, Spain and Kenya, where she interned at the U.N. Environment Programme in Nairobi. After graduating from law school, she spent a year teaching English in Japan, and then settled into her first legal job, working for Powell Goldstein in Atlanta in antitrust law.
Lured by the promise of fresh powder, less traffic, and something/anything other than antitrust law, April left Atlanta in 2001 with her beagle, Chance, on a 5-week, 6,000 mile trek to Salt Lake City. She soon discovered employment law as an associate, and then partner, with Strindberg & Scholnick.
In 2008, she and her disabled pit bull, Piggy, formed Hollingsworth Law Office, and since that time, she has won several jury trials on behalf of employees against former employers, including those discriminated and retaliated against based on claims of disability and race, or denied commissions. She also has won several appeals to the Tenth Circuit, Utah Court of Appeals, and Utah Supreme Court.
HONORS & AWARDS
Attorney of the Year, Utah State Bar, Labor & Employment Section 2015
Utah Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine, 2011-2014
NAACP Foot Soldier’s Award, 2014
& VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Legal Redress Chair, NAACP – 2006-present
Chair, Utah Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section – 2011-2012
Street Law Clinic Volunteer – 2006-2014
National Employment Lawyers Association, current member
Utah Employment Lawyers Association, current member
Women Lawyers of Utah, current member