RSHC in the news

    • June 2019

    Drahcir Smith Elected 2019-2020 BWLA Corresponding Secretary

    Congratulations to Drahcir Smith and the entire 2019-2020 Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA) Board of Directors and Scholarship Fund Board, who were installed on June 3. The group pledged their renewed commitment to making an “impact” on the legal profession, as well as the general community-at-large, and changing so many lives.
    Full story: Drahcir Smith Elected 2019-2020 BWLA Corresponding Secretary
    • June 2019

    Meghan McMeel and Kate Stimeling, Speakers at The Women, Diversity & Change Summit: Chicago and San Francisco

    RSHC is proud to sponsor and have RSHC Partners, Meghan McMeel and Kate Stimeling, presenting at The Women, Diversity & Change Summit programs in Chicago (June 6) and San Francisco (June 11). Meghan will be speaking at the June 6 program on strategies for strategically fostering effective sponsors for women in law to progress their careers. Kate will be presenting on the June 11 San Francisco panel, “Sponsors, Influencers & Career Engineering.” The conference will explore and inspire lasting change for women and minorities in the legal profession.
    Full story: Meghan McMeel and Kate Stimeling, Speakers at The Women, Diversity & Change Summit: Chicago and San Francisco
    • June 2019

    Bruce Wagman, Co-Founder and President of Project Chimps, Reflects on Five-Year Milestone

    A Dream Became Reality—Project Chimps celebrates a 5-year milestone! Bruce Wagman, Co-Founder, President and RSHC animal protection lawyer, recalls the journey. Currently 59 chimpanzees with almost 150 more to join them are thriving at the 236-acre Project Chimps sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman, Co-Founder and President of Project Chimps, Reflects on Five-Year Milestone
    • June 2019

    McCoy, Warner, and Lee Named 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila is extremely proud of our three partners recognized as top Gen X practitioners in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business. Joseph McCoy, Kelly Warner, and Josh Lee serve in senior leadership roles at the firm as well as actively serve on boards of professional associations and organizations giving back to their profession and community.
    Full story: McCoy, Warner, and Lee Named 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law
    • May 2019

    Drahcir Smith Elected 2019-2020 BWLA Officer

    RSHC is proud to announce that RSHC Employment Counsel Drahcir Marie Smith has been elected the 2019-2020 Corresponding Secretary for the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA). Drahcir served as a BWLA Board Member at Large for the 2018-2019 term. Congratulations to all of the new BWLA Officers and Board members!
    Full story: Drahcir Smith Elected 2019-2020 BWLA Officer
    • May 2019

    RSHC Grows Medical Device Practice

    Raymond D. Rushing, a product liability litigator and former diversity co-chair of a global law firm, joins Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila’s product liability group adding a wealth of experience in the medical device, consumer and industrial product defect, and mass tort claims area.
    Full story: RSHC Grows Medical Device Practice
    • May 2019

    Congress’s Proposed Revisions to Patent Eligibility Leave Critical Questions Unanswered

    Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), the ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, have released a proposed framework for an overhaul of the statutory definition of patent-eligible subject matter. A parallel version has also been released in the House of Representatives by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and Steve Strivers (R-Ohio).
    Full story: Congress’s Proposed Revisions to Patent Eligibility Leave Critical Questions Unanswered
    • May 2019

    Patricia Brown Holmes’ Newest Article, “All Aboard” - California New Gender Quota Law

    Do corporate gender diversity hiring quotas work? Are they legal? What will the long-term impact be for women and the companies that they work for? California enacted a groundbreaking—and controversial—law requiring that publicly held corporations headquartered there add female directors to their governing boards. This law will impact major corporations like Apple, Facebook, and Tesla, and likely far beyond.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes’ Newest Article, “All Aboard” - California New Gender Quota Law
    • April 2019

    Josh Lee Speaker at May 2 Mass Tort Global Settlement Architecture Conference

    “What Constitutes the Effectiveness of Settlements?” RSHC Partner Josh Lee will address this topic as a panelist at the May 2 Perrin Conferences Mass Tort Global Settlement Architecture Conference in Washington, D.C. Josh and co-panelists will examine how success is measured and the criteria for determining a “fair and reasonable” settlement.
    Full story: Josh Lee Speaker at May 2 Mass Tort Global Settlement Architecture Conference
    • April 2019

    Steve Hankins Selected Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila proudly announces that Partner Steve Hankins has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society which recognizes excellence and accomplishments in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. Steve proudly joins Joe Cancila in receiving this exclusive recognition. He will be inducted at the LCA Spring Conference in Santa Barbara, California.
    Full story: Steve Hankins Selected Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
    • April 2019

    Cheryl D. S. Walker Speaker at AIA Contract Document Workshop

    RSHC Of Counsel Cheryl D. S. Walker will be presenting at the April 23 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Contract Document Workshop for engineers, contractors, and architects in St. Louis, MO. She will lead two sessions, one providing instruction on AIA short form construction contracts, including the recently released AIA A104, and the other a case study that will examine a contract for the construction of a café within a retail store.
    Full story: Cheryl D. S. Walker Speaker at AIA Contract Document Workshop
    • April 2019

    Ryan Poscablo Co-Presenter at NACUA Conference – Current State of the Equal Pay Act

    2018 marked the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing into law the Equal Pay Act (the “1963 Act”), which amended the Fair Labor Standards Act and aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex. At the April 4 National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Conference, RSHC Partner Ryan Poscablo will take part in a panel discussion exploring the current state of the law, the various state laws that have been passed, and how colleges and universities can proactively address pay equity issues before being targeted for internal complaints, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigations, and private litigation.
    Full story: Ryan Poscablo Co-Presenter at NACUA Conference – Current State of the Equal Pay Act
    • March 2019

    Feminist Hit Music and How It Inspired Patricia Brown Holmes

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes was the special guest on the March 15 Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll retrospective podcast hosted by Radio Dave Milberg featuring 30 Feminist Hit Singles Before Their Time between the 1950’s and 1990’s. The history and snippets of thirty (30) hit songs about female empowerment by Aretha Franklin (Respect), Helen Reddy (I am Woman), Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive), and more were remembered for their strong and positive impact.
    Full story: Feminist Hit Music and How It Inspired Patricia Brown Holmes
    • March 2019

    Ruth Krugly, 2019 ACLU Annual Luncheon Co-Chair

    ACLU Annual Luncheon Co-Chair, Ruth Krugly, welcomed almost 2,000 supporters to the March 15 program. The ACLU’s 100 year history is reflected in the issuance of landmark court rulings and the passage of transformational legislation, and its relentless efforts to secure the civil rights and liberties of all.
    Full story: Ruth Krugly, 2019 ACLU Annual Luncheon Co-Chair
    • March 2019

    RSHC Attorneys Named 2019 Illinois Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers

    We are proud to announce that the Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers has named 21 of RSHC’s Illinois attorneys as Leading Lawyers and ten as Emerging Lawyers. Less than five percent of all lawyers licensed in Illinois are eligible for Leading Lawyer membership, and less than two percent of all lawyers licensed in Illinois under the age of 40 are recognized as Emerging Lawyers.
    Full story: RSHC Attorneys Named 2019 Illinois Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers