RSHC in the news

    • February 2019

    Patricia Brown Holmes Made History

    Patricia Brown Holmes made history when she was elected RSHC’s first Managing Partner in April 2018. She is the first and currently the only African-American woman to head a national law firm that is not women- or minority-owned. RSHC is a top ranked firm for gender and racial diversity.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Made History
    • 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

    Patricia Brown Holmes Reappointed to U of I Board of Trustees by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

    RSHC Managing Partner and U of I Urbana double alumna Patricia Brown Holmes was reappointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to the University of Illinois Systems Board of Trustees. She received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana and is extremely proud and excited to rejoin the board at a time when innovation, diversity and new millennial educational challenges will be a focus of the University.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Reappointed to U of I Board of Trustees by Gov. J.B. Pritzker
    • 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
    • November 2018

    Cheryl D. S. Walker Appointed to Missouri Ethics Commission

    On Friday, November 2, Missouri Governor, Michael L. Parson, appointed RSHC Of Counsel Cheryl D. S. Walker to the Missouri Ethics Commission for a four-year term through March 15, 2022. Cheryl previously served for five and half years on the Board of Curators and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee at the University of Missouri.
    Full story: Cheryl D. S. Walker Appointed to Missouri Ethics Commission
    • August 2018

    Holmes Promotes “Authenticity” in Front of a Jury

    According to a soon-to-be released survey of 3,000 lawyers by Joan Williams, University of California at Hastings law professor, there is a double standard for women lawyers expressing anger at work or in the courtroom when it’s justified. About to begin a six-to-eight-week federal trial, RSHC Managing Partner, former judge, and prosecutor, Patricia Brown Holmes shared, “… earn the trust of the judge and jury and show them that their stereotypes are wrong. One way that I do that is authenticity.”
    Full story: Holmes Promotes “Authenticity” in Front of a Jury
    • July 2018

    The Profit in Nonprofits, Best Lawyers Editorial by Patricia Brown Holmes

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes shares her opinions and experience with volunteering in nonprofits in Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Summer Edition 2018 editorial article, “The Profit in Nonprofits.” Volunteer organizations are the lifeblood of the legal profession. Lawyers must participate in nonprofits to help shape the future.
    Full story: The Profit in Nonprofits, Best Lawyers Editorial by Patricia Brown Holmes
    • July 2018

    Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee

    RSHC Of Counsel (and poet) Cheryl D. S. Walker has been appointed Chair of the eight-person task force to select the second St. Louis Poet Laureate. The selected candidate will serve a two-year term and promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the St. Louis region. Nominations from the public are being accepted through July 20.
    Full story: Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee
    • June 2018

    7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule

    The NCAA’s ‘Year in Residence” Rule permits Division I football student athletes to apply to transfer to different schools and to play at their new school after a year in academic residence. The rule operates to prevent trading from year to year like professional athletes. On June 25 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected antitrust claims stating the NCAA’s eligibility rules define the status of student athletes and preserve the amateur character of college athletics. Congratulations to the NCAA and Greg Curtner on this victory.
    Full story: 7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule
    • June 2018

    Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes was featured in the June 21 American Lawyer story, “Data Shows Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo Era.” "Sexism and racism in the law industry is real,” said Holmes. “The world overall is changing and the law business eventually will catch up.” She expressed, “We are moving in the right direction.”
    Full story: Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law
    • June 2018

    RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked a top ten firm in Law360’s annual 400 survey as a firm outpacing its peers on attracting and retaining women of color. With women of color making up 19.1% of its workforce, RSHC ranked ninth in the survey. Visibility, community, a voice at the table, and a balanced ladder are hurdles women of color face, and RSHC proactively tries to create an environment at the firm that “engages everyone and creates a camaraderie,” said Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes.
    Full story: RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers
    • June 2018

    RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked sixth in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report for best law firms for minority attorneys with 20-149 attorneys. At RSHC we believe the power of diversity is the power of collective wisdom. We are proud of our start, but it is just the beginning.
    Full story: RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys
    • May 2018

    RSHC Named A Top Ranked Firm for Gender Diversity

    RSHC ranked 13 in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report for best law firms for female attorneys with 20-149 attorneys. The firm pledged and continues to prove its commitment to making gender diversity a workplace reality. In addition to electing the first African-American woman managing partner to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women, or minority-owned, RSHC has above-average women representation at every level of the firm.
    Full story: RSHC Named A Top Ranked Firm for Gender Diversity
    • February 2018

    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Former Obama Attorney Comes Back to Chicago, Joins RSHC

    RSHC Partner Jack Theis, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Obama, put out fires and advised White House officials on the legal side of crisis management. As an attorney at RSHC, he will advise clients on litigation, white collar matters, and how to respond to multidimensional problems with complex risks. Learn about some of the highlights of Jack’s job as a White House lawyer, how that experience relates to his new role, and what attracted him to RSHC.
    Full story: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Former Obama Attorney Comes Back to Chicago, Joins RSHC
    • November 2017

    Arthur Brown, Free After 29 Years for Wrongful Arson Conviction

    On Tuesday, November 14, Arthur Brown walked out of prison and into the arms of his family after serving over 29 years for a crime he did not commit. In an all too familiar story, Arthur was convicted based solely on a confession he gave after being beaten and choked by police officers. A team of lawyers from RSHC worked to free Arthur and unraveled the State’s case. After a lengthy hearing, RSHC lawyers convinced the Judge to vacate Arthur’s conviction. Kim Foxx and her staff dug into the facts and quickly dismissed the case.
    Full story: Arthur Brown, Free After 29 Years for Wrongful Arson Conviction