RSHC in the news

    • April 2020

    Brian O’Connor Watson, Editorial Profile in Emerging Lawyers

    Since day one, Brian Watson has enjoyed walking the tightrope as a thoughtful litigator and negotiator and tenacious trial lawyer for clients. Enjoy reading about Brian’s secrets to a successful outcome, advice on rules of engagement, lessons learned, and inherited family “fix-it gene” in the Emerging Lawyer profile.
    Full story: Brian O’Connor Watson, Editorial Profile in Emerging Lawyers
    • April 2020

    COVID-19 and its Potential Impact on Contractual Agreements and Force Majeure Clauses

    RSHC’s Nick Kahlon and Matt Kennison discuss whether the effects of COVID-19 may trigger force majeure provisions or otherwise excuse performance and the principles (is the event identified, unforeseeable and outside of the party’s control or fault) that will help inform the determination.
    Full story: COVID-19 and its Potential Impact on Contractual Agreements and Force Majeure Clauses
    • April 2020

    RSHC’s Jeff Urdangen and Allison Siebeneck Author Amicus Brief For Clients Supporting Cook County Public Defender’s Position on Jail Population and COVID-19

    Recently RSHC represented four amici curiae (“friends of the court”) clients supporting the request of Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli to immediately address COVID-19 risks associated with persons incarcerated in the Cook County Jail.
    Full story: RSHC’s Jeff Urdangen and Allison Siebeneck Author Amicus Brief For Clients Supporting Cook County Public Defender’s Position on Jail Population and COVID-19
    • April 2020

    Fraud Alert: New Schemes Trying to Exploit the COVID-19 Crisis

    The ABA Journal spoke with RSHC’s Ron Safer and other former federal prosecutors about the increase in schemes and scams being attempted during the current crisis.
    Full story: Fraud Alert: New Schemes Trying to Exploit the COVID-19 Crisis
    • March 2020

    Bruce Wagman Presenting National Judicial College Webcast, Animal Care in Shelters & the Pandemic

    On April 8 RSHC’s Bruce Wagman will present a free webcast designed for judges, “The Roles Judges Play in Ensuring that Animal-Related Essential Services Remain in Effect During ‘Stay at Home’ Orders.”
    Full story: Bruce Wagman Presenting National Judicial College Webcast, Animal Care in Shelters & the Pandemic
    • March 2020

    ABA Journal Discusses Role of Law Firms During Pandemic with Patricia Brown Holmes

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes discusses what makes law firms essential businesses during the pandemic with the ABA Journal.
    Full story: ABA Journal Discusses Role of Law Firms During Pandemic with Patricia Brown Holmes
    • March 2020

    Price Controls and Protections Against Price-Gouging in Illinois in Wake of COVID-19

    RSHC's Nick Kahlon and Valerie Brummel discuss information about price controls and protections against price-gouging in Illinois in the wake of COVID-19. See the attached for more information.
    Full story: Price Controls and Protections Against Price-Gouging in Illinois in Wake of COVID-19
    • March 2020

    RSHC Founder, Ron Safer, featured in Chicago Sun Times

    RSHC Founding Partner Ron Safer, a former federal prosecutor, was featured in a recent Chicago Sun Times article about the First Step Act.
    Full story: RSHC Founder, Ron Safer, featured in Chicago Sun Times
    • January 2020

    Simone A. Randolph, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers

    From a young age RSHC Partner Simone Randolph knew she “wanted to use the law to avoid conflicts, to bring people together for a common goal.” Hard work, organization, proactive communication, and anticipation of client needs enables her to run multiple complex real estate and financing deals across the country on the day to day. Grateful to and inspired by her mentors, she also possesses a true passion for the development of junior colleagues and diversity in the legal profession.
    Full story: Simone A. Randolph, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers
    • August 2019

    The ABA passes a resolution urging Congress to enact new federal marijuana legislation

    The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution calling on Congress to end federal prohibition on marijuana by removing it as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and allowing States to opt out of the Controlled Substances Act. As more states legalize marijuana for medical and/or adult-use purposes, tensions between federal marijuana laws and state reforms have come to a head. Marijuana businesses face unique challenges related to banking services, tax deductions, and IP protections.
    Full story: The ABA passes a resolution urging Congress to enact new federal marijuana legislation
    • 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
    • February 2019

    RSHC’s Compensation Practices Encourage Client Service, Collaboration, and Cooperation

    Since its founding, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has developed the firm to put clients first. Our compensation structure reflects this goal by recognizing the contributions of all team members in making compensation decisions. RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes shared that in addition to benefiting our clients, we believe all attorneys and staff benefit from the structure. Because we share the compensation pie more equitably, it becomes a larger pie to share.
    Full story: RSHC’s Compensation Practices Encourage Client Service, Collaboration, and Cooperation
    • February 2019

    Craig D. Jeffrey, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers

    Whether a land sale, lease, or financing with a fast-paced lifecycle, Craig Jeffrey brings order to chaos, creates the roadmap, and then executes the plan. Through the lens of his parents, who were small business owners, he saw the important role a lawyer played in helping businesses and communities thrive. Enjoy reading what Craig’s planning and a little serendipity have led to in the January 2019 Leading Lawyers Magazine—Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition.
    Full story: Craig D. Jeffrey, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers
    • January 2019

    ISBA Bench & Bar Article: Efficiency, Economy, and Consistency: 2018-2019 Amendments to the Federal Rules

    In the January 2019 Illinois State Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Council Newsletter, RSHC Associate Erin Gasparka explains and recaps the changes made to Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1 effective December 1, 2018. Most important among the 2018-2019 amendments are the changes made to Rule 5 and the Advisory Committee’s further embrace of electronic efficiency.
    Full story: ISBA Bench & Bar Article: Efficiency, Economy, and Consistency: 2018-2019 Amendments to the Federal Rules