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UH Law Center alumnus Hollingsworth ‘93 hired as general counsel by major investment management firm

University of Houston Law Center LL.M, alumnus Kenyon Moore ‘15

Jarvis Hollingsworth ‘93

July 8, 2019 — Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, a 1993 University of Houston Law Center graduate, recently joined Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. as its general counsel and member of its executive committee.

“I am pleased to join such a prestigious firm as Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors where I will be responsible for all legal matters across the entire company,” Hollingsworth said. “In addition to being general counsel, I am also excited to have the opportunity to serve on Kayne’s executive committee where I will be able to use my leadership skills to help shape the future direction of the firm.”

Kayne is a leader in alternative investments and manages approximately $30 billion in assets as of May 31, 2019.

“Kayne has a long track record of delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns for its investors, who represent a distinguished list of leading institutions, including public pension funds, corporate pension plans, foundations, endowments, insurance companies, RIA’s, family offices, and high net worth investors,” Hollingsworth said. “I am proud to work with Kayne’s investment teams across energy, real estate, credit and growth equity.”

After being a partner at the international law firm Bracewell LLP for 18 years, Hollingsworth was introduced to the general counsel position through a personal relationship with Kayne’s CEO Michael Levitt.

“I was introduced to Mike by a mutual friend and our relationship grew over a period of time,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for Mike and Kayne, and am honored to join this firm.”

“We are very pleased that Jarvis is joining us at Kayne,” Levitt added. “He brings such a unique combination of talents. Jarvis’ leadership skills, reputation and excellent counsel will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow and build for the future.”

Hollingsworth strives to use his leadership abilities by participating in public service, a field of work that he considers very important and a part of who he is.

“Public service has always been a part of my life, from my time in the military to positions that I have held at the local and state level.  Even though I’ve always had a very busy legal practice, public service has always been a priority,” he said.

Hollingsworth was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the University of Houston System Board of Regents from 2009-2015, and served as board chairman in 2013-14.

In those six years, UH achieved several milestones: being designated a Tier One Research University, completing over $1 billion of new construction on campus, and building TDECU Stadium. Leonard M. Baynes also joined the University of Houston as dean of the Law Center during Hollingsworth’s tenure as a regent.

“Serving on the UH Board of Regents is one of my most rewarding professional experiences” he said. “The university was on a meteoric rise during that time and I was privileged to be a part of it.”

Hollingsworth juggled his family life with a wife and infant child while a law student at UH, participating in various Law Center activities and serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He acted as a representative to the Student Bar Association, played intramural flag football and basketball, was a member of the Law Center’s Black Law Students Association and served as the student member of the Law Center’s admissions committee during his third year.

“It was a very full experience,” he said. “I credit much of my professional success to the three years at the Law Center.” 

Hollingsworth received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1985.