RSHC in the news

    • 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

    Raymond Rushing 2019 CCBA Junior Counselor Award Recipient

    RSHC is delighted to announce that the Cook County Bar Association’s Board of Directors selected RSHC Associate Raymond Rushing to receive the 2019 CCBA Junior Counselor Award, which recognizes a member of the Cook County Bar Association who has been admitted to practice law in Illinois for five (5) years or less, for outstanding service rendered to the legal profession and to the Bar Association. Raymond will be presented with this award at the CCBA’s 105th Annual Awards and Installation Banquet to be held on Thursday, June 20, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
    Full story: Raymond Rushing 2019 CCBA Junior Counselor Award Recipient
    • June 2019

    Merili Seale, A 2019 NBA 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award Recipient

    RSHC proudly announces that Partner Merili Seale has been recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40. The award commends those most deserving for their high achievement in the legal field based solely on merit, and their commitment to the practice of law, community service, and social change. Merili and fellow award recipients will be honored at the 10th Anniversary of the Awards ceremony on July 24 during the NBA’s 93rd Annual Convention in New York City.
    Full story: Merili Seale, A 2019 NBA 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award Recipient
    • 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