The power of diversity is the power of collective wisdom.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diverse and inclusive teams are better teams. Better teams deliver better results. At RSHC “diversity” “equity” and “inclusion” are not simply buzzwords, but the essence of our law firm – not just because it is right, not just because a law firm should reflect those we serve, but because of the fundamental truth that the more diverse, equitable, and inclusive our teams, the better the solutions and the greater the value that we produce for our clients.  

We believe actions speak louder than words. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is real and demonstrable – but don’t just take our word for it, here’s a list of some of the recent recognitions we have received as a result of “walking the walk” on DEI:

  • Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in multiple different categories (2024)
  • Chambers USA Awards 2023, Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution – Patricia Brown Holmes
  • Finalist Chambers USA Awards, Diversity & Inclusion:  Outstanding Firm (2023, 2021)
  • BTI Client Service A-Team Top 100 List (2023)
  • Commitment & Investment Award from The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (2023, 2022, 2021)
  • Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Diversity Partnership Award (2023)
  • Top 100 Social Impact Leader by Law360 (2023)
  • Inaugural Top Legal Employers in Leadership – DEI Award from Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (2023)
  • Vault’s Top 150 Under 150 (2021-2023)
  • Delivering Diversity Award from The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (2022)
  • Midsize Client Service Masters by BTI Consulting (2022)
  • Exelon’s DEI Honor Roll (2022, 2021)
  • Pro Bono Leader by Law360 (2022)
  • McDonald’s EMPOWER Award (2022)
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in multiple different categories (2021)
  • Top Law Firm for Client Service During the Pandemic by BTI Consulting Group (2021)
  • Corporate Counsel Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards, Managing Partner of the Year – Patricia Brown Holmes (2021)
  • National “Midsize Heavyweight” by BTI Consulting (2020)
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Businesses Championing Diversity & Inclusion (2020)
  • Vault’s Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For, top 25 in multiple categories, including two #1 rankings (2020)

We strive to be an equitable and inclusive workplace for all of our people, where each contributor is recognized, shows up authentically, and feels the investment of the organization in the individual's future. RSHC is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. 

For us, diversity, equity and inclusion begin with the names on our door, extends through our partnership and associate ranks, and informs our recruiting, staffing, and vendor choices. We believe that lawyers from different backgrounds provide a better perspective on the problems that our clients face. We are committed to serving our clients with superb lawyers who offer a variety of cultural, racial, and gender perspectives.  We are dedicated to attracting, retaining, nurturing, and advancing lawyers from all groups and walks of life and intend to maintain and expand our diverse and inclusive culture.

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Chambers Lists RSHC Among Top 10 Outstanding Firms for Diversity & Inclusion

Short-listed among 10 top-ranked firms as an Outstanding Firm for Diversity & Inclusion, RSHC is proud to once again be recognized by the Chambers USA Awards for our broad, organic approach to creating an inclusive work environment for all, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ+ and disability status.

This year, we are also honored to be cited as a Case Study in The Chambers D&I USA Report 2023 — Better Process, Better Outcomes. Chambers’ research team presents our staffing policy, which requires partners to document how they considered diversity in building their teams, as a model of an innovative process to ensure there is a pathway to partnership for diverse and underrepresented attorneys. We hope the report inspires other firms to adapt their own policies and processes for greater equity. As we — and our clients — know, the more diverse our teams, the more value we produce for our clients. 

The complete short-list included:

  • Baker McKenzie 
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney  
  • Dechert LLP 
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP 
  • Greenspoon Marder LLP 
  • Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP 
  • Morrison Foerster*
  • Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP  
  • Ropes & Gray LLP  
  • Weil 

Congratulations to award winner Morrison Foerster, to our fellow nominees, and to all the lawyers and firms doing outstanding work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry.

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