RSHC in the news

    • July 2019

    RSHC Founding Partner Edward Casmere elected to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

    We are pleased to announce that our partner, Edward Casmere, was recently accepted into the membership of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is comprised of U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel, and insurance claims executives. Dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship and professionalism for lawyers and other professionals, the FDCC strives to achieve a balanced justice system in the defense of civil lawsuits.
    Full story: RSHC Founding Partner Edward Casmere elected to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • July 2019

    RSHC Ranked #1 in Two Categories in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” Rankings

    Vault’s “2020 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” names RSHC tops several different categories. RSHC was named #1 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Diversity, and #1 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Pro Bono. RSHC was also named #14 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Technology and Innovation, #18 for Firm Culture, and #23 Overall.
    Full story: RSHC Ranked #1 in Two Categories in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” Rankings
    • July 2019

    RSHC Again Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys

    RSHC is working to change the face of the legal profession, literally, and figuratively. We are pleased to announce that RSHC has been named a Top Five firm for minority lawyers AND a Top Ten firm for minority equity partners.
    Full story: RSHC Again Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys
    • June 2019

    RSHC Client Bernard Williams Free on Bond After 23 Years Wrongfully Incarcerated

    Ron Safer and Eli Litoff are proud to be part of the team that secured Bernard Williams’ release from Cook County Jail on Friday. In February, the Court of Appeals vacated Mr. Williams’ murder conviction and granted a new trial, but a Cook County Judge ordered that Mr. Williams be held without bail until his new trial was completed.
    Full story: RSHC Client Bernard Williams Free on Bond After 23 Years Wrongfully Incarcerated
    • 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
    • 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 Yakov Wiegmann and Matt Lee Filed Suit Against the Department of Justice

    This week RSHC attorneys Yakov Wiegmann and Matt Lee and the CGRS have filed suit against the Department of Justice on behalf of Ms. A.B., a Salvadorian domestic violence survivor seeking asylum.
    Full story: RSHC Attorneys Yakov Wiegmann and Matt Lee Filed Suit Against the Department of Justice
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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