RSHC in the news

    • 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

    Bruce Wagman, Speaker at ISBA CLE 10th Annual Animal Law Conference

    At the March 1st 10th Annual Animal Law Conference at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office or via live webcast, RSHC’s Bruce Wagman will share insights on three current hot topics in animal law: creating sanctuary for endangered chimps and varied species, the area of dangerous dog litigation in Chicago and beyond, and the use of experts in animal-related litigation. Don’t miss hearing about the animal law updates and advances made in this rapidly-evolving practice area.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman, Speaker at ISBA CLE 10th Annual Animal Law Conference
    • February 2019

    Ed Casmere, Speaker at March 2019 Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference

    On Monday, March 11, 2019 RSHC partner Edward Casmere will be at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills presenting on DNA in the Court Room – The Cutting Edge of Science and Medicine. Mr. Casmere will be part of a panel discussion hosted by Perrin Conferences.
    Full story: Ed Casmere, Speaker at March 2019 Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference
    • February 2019

    Netsmart Technologies’ Invalidation of Troll Patent on Abstract Idea Affirmed by Federal Circuit

    On February 8, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed a win for Netsmart Technologies, Inc. against the appellants, Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourg S.A., both non-practicing entities. The appellate court panel, consisting of Judges Wallach, Moore, and Hughes, affirmed by per curium order the district court’s grant of Netsmart’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement suit last May, because the asserted patents were directed to unpatentable subject matter.
    Full story: Netsmart Technologies’ Invalidation of Troll Patent on Abstract Idea Affirmed by Federal Circuit
    • February 2019

    2019 Illinois Super Lawyers and Top Rankings for Holmes and Safer

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila proudly announces that ten RSHC attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Patricia Brown Holmes has been ranked as a Top 50 Women attorney for more than a decade. Both Ron Safer and Patricia Brown Holmes have been recognized as Top 100 attorneys in Illinois. Associate Stephanie Jones has been newly selected as an Illinois Rising Star. Congratulations to all of them for attaining this high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
    Full story: 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers and Top Rankings for Holmes and Safer
    • 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
    • February 2019

    Employment Client Alert – Independent Contractor Test Revised by NLRB

    On January 25th, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued a decision that will make it easier for companies to maintain an independent contractor relationship with workers. The Board’s decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. overrules its 2014 decision in FedExHome Delivery, and returns to the prior test for determining whether an individual is an independent contractor.
    Full story: Employment Client Alert – Independent Contractor Test Revised by NLRB
    • 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

    RSHC ANNOUNCES THE ELECTION OF FOUR NEW PARTNERS

    RSHC is very pleased to announce that Deborah Bone, Tal Chaiken, Layla Dotson Lumpkin, and Laura Kleinman Malhotra have been elected new partners effective January 1, 2019.
    Full story: RSHC ANNOUNCES THE ELECTION OF FOUR NEW PARTNERS
    • 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