RSHC in the news

    • 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
    • January 2019

    In Leslie Davis’ Words—'Know Better, Do Better’ and ‘No Second Chance,’ Chicago Lawyer Articles

    RSHC Partner and mother Leslie D. Davis was inspired by ‘Scared Straight’ to harness resources available to her (judges, lawyers, and colleagues) and put them to work. She put together a day-long mentorship program called ‘No Second Chance’ to give seven young men a front row seat of the justice system and hear from people who could share the reality of incarceration.
    Full story: In Leslie Davis’ Words—'Know Better, Do Better’ and ‘No Second Chance,’ Chicago Lawyer Articles
    • December 2018

    Corbitt, Hankins Publish Roadmap to Sustainable Change Management for Legal Operations in Corporate Counsel Magazine

    RSHC Partners Taylor Corbitt and Steve Hankins explain how to manage legal department transitions in their recent article, “Five Questions Every Change Champion Should Ask,” published by Corporate Counsel on November 27, 2018. Corbitt and Hankins guide in-house legal departments in transition to help identify quality-critical metrics, search out waste, align internal resources, prioritize predictable outcomes, and ensure sustainability.
    Full story: Corbitt, Hankins Publish Roadmap to Sustainable Change Management for Legal Operations in Corporate Counsel Magazine
    • December 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes Leads a Group of New Am Law 200 Leaders Heading Into 2019

    RSHC’s Patricia Brown Holmes leads a group of new Am Law 200 Leaders heading into 2019 per LAW.COM—Patricia Brown Holmes was elected RSHC’s first Managing Partner in April 2018. She is the first and currently the only African-American women to head a national law firm that is not minority- or women-owned.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Leads a Group of New Am Law 200 Leaders Heading Into 2019
    • October 2018

    Ron Safer Chicago Tribune Commentary about Chicago’s Proposed Historic Consent Decree to Reform the CPD

    The Chicago consent decree is progress toward creating a mutual respect and restoring the broken trust between the police and Chicago neighborhoods. When a community that witnesses crime feels victimized by the system, its residents are not apt to cooperate with the police. Ron Safer shares his comments on the facts about why criminals remain on the street.
    Full story: Ron Safer Chicago Tribune Commentary about Chicago’s Proposed Historic Consent Decree to Reform the CPD
    • August 2018

    Robert H. Riley, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers

    RSHC Partner Bob Riley was recently the subject of a Leading Lawyers Profile. The article recounts some seminal moments in his career to date and more importantly, he would argue, discusses the founding principles of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila and their ongoing importance to those we serve.
    Full story: Robert H. Riley, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers
    • August 2018

    ISBA Bench & Bar Article: Appellate Court Clarifies “Sole Proximate Cause”

    RSHC Partner Brian Watson explains “sole proximate cause” and the impact of the Appellate Court’s recent decision in the August 2018 Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar.
    Full story: ISBA Bench & Bar Article: Appellate Court Clarifies “Sole Proximate Cause”
    • February 2018

    Joseph Q. McCoy, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers

    Joseph Q. McCoy decided to try his hand at something brand new at RSHC and bring a complementary practice to an outstanding group of lawyers. Not afraid to go where few others have gone, he embraced the opportunity because he wanted to make a difference and influence outcomes.
    Full story: Joseph Q. McCoy, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers
    • February 2018

    Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures

    RSHC Partner Dave Resnicoff published the recent brief article, “De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures,” in the January-March 2018 Issue of Risk & Compliance Magazine. Executives have never been at higher personal risk for compliance failures. Compliance efforts typically focus on reducing the risk of corporate liability. But often there is little attention paid to reducing the risk of individual executive liability. Dave suggests several practical, common sense steps in-house counsel and compliance personnel can recommend to their executive teams to reduce their own risk, and at the same reduce risk to their organizations.
    Full story: Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures
    • January 2018

    California Joins Other States Banning Inquiries Into Salary History

    2017 brought a flurry of new laws limiting employers’ ability to request or consider salary history, with California joining the fray at the new year. Employers across the country are revisiting their interview and application practices in certain cities and states, or even nationwide given this new trend.
    Full story: California Joins Other States Banning Inquiries Into Salary History