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RSHC is a national law firm whose partners offer decades of experience in handling and successfully resolving the most challenging, complex, and high-stakes legal matters.
Our teams of seasoned and capable attorneys in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, represent and serve the interests of valued clients around the world.
Our litigators focus on developing effective strategies that are designed to achieve the best possible results, in negotiated settlements, confidential investigations, and, when necessary, in courtrooms. They have tried hundreds of cases in more than 25 state and federal courts and have defended class actions in more than 30 different states.
Our team of business lawyers knows how to structure complex business transactions and get them closed. They offer strategic and practical advice on financings, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions for public and private companies. They serve as trusted advisors for both business principals and in-house counsel alike.
Our clients range from individuals and small privately held companies to large international corporations. We represent dozens of publicly traded companies, including many on the Fortune 100 list and several in the Fortune 50.
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RSHC Law News & Highlights

Holmes and Safer Members of Coalition of Leaders to Bring Amazon HQ2 to Chicago

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, October 2017
On September 30, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner announced the formation of an unprecedented 600-person committee of public and private sector leaders to demonstrate Chicago is the best place for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. Deputy Mayor Robert S. Rivkin, and Deputy Governor Leslie Munger, will lead the bid effort. Patricia Brown Holmes and Ron Safer are proud to be among the select business leaders, who will speak with a powerful and unified voice, to highlight Chicago’s many strengths and the value of doing business in Illinois.

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Ronald Safer 2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Award Honoree

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2017
RSHC Partner, Ron Safer, has been selected as one of nine honorees of the 2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Award given by the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation. Conceived by his former law clerks, the award was first presented in September of 2000 to honor Chicago native and former United States Supreme Court Justice Stevens for his lifetime accomplishments in improving the system of justice. The October 10 18th annual luncheon ceremony celebrates Illinois attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the community throughout their careers. Ron joins an esteemed group of former recipients and 2017 honorees, including Hon. Ruben Castillo, Robert A. Clifford, Hon. Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr., Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow, Richard J. Prendergast, Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Hon. Mary Jane Theis, and Dan K. Webb, in receiving the award.

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Chicago Wins Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Administration’s Imposition of Unconstitutional Conditions on Federal Funding

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2017
On Friday, September 15, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber enjoined the U.S. Attorney General from imposing new conditions on federal funding. If imposed, the new conditions would threaten the sovereignty of Chicago and undermine its commitment to embracing immigrants within its borders. In awarding preliminary relief against the U.S. Attorney General, the Court found that Chicago will likely succeed in demonstrating that the new conditions are unconstitutional at trial. The preliminary injunction applies nationwide to any jurisdiction seeking funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

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Safer Argues City of Chicago Faces an “Unconstitutional Choice"

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2017
On Monday, September 11, RSHC Partner, Ronald Safer, asked U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber for a nation-wide injunction to stop the Trump Administration from denying law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities.

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RSHC Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court for City of Chicago and Other Municipalities Against Travel Ban

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2017
On Friday, September 8, Chicago led 44 cities and counties, in addition to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court challenging President Trump’s Executive Order banning individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country and suspending the admission of refugees into the U.S. In their united brief, the municipalities argue that the Executive Order discriminates against Muslims and violates the religious freedom protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The brief was prepared with the pro bono assistance of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila.

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