RSHC in the news

    • April 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes Elected RSHC’s First Managing Partner

    The Partners of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP are proud to announce that name partner Patricia Brown Holmes has been unanimously elected as the firm’s first managing partner. A former judge, top tier litigator, and nationally prominent advocate for law firm diversity, it is believed that Patricia is the first black woman to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Elected RSHC’s First Managing Partner
    • April 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes, Panelist at USDC-CBA Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom

    RSHC Partner, Patricia Brown Holmes, will be a panelist for the “Managing Partners” session at the April 12 “May it Please the Court: Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom.” The United States District Court and Chicago Bar Association in conjunction with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association are sponsoring this complimentary half-day program to discuss and promote strategies and best practices to empower women lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. Patricia will also be presenting the Closing along with the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes, Panelist at USDC-CBA Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom
    • April 2018

    RSHC Attorneys Presenting at the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law #MeToo Event

    RSHC Partner, Drahcir Marie Smith, will be a panelist at the April 17th Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law panel event, “Navigating the Gray Area in the World of #MeToo,” to be held at Katten Muchin Rosenman, in Chicago. The event is designed to foster an open discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace. The in-person event is free and also available to be watched via livestream. RSHC Associate and moderator, Stephanie Jones, will guide the panel to focus on the “what now?” in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Panelists from diverse employment backgrounds will share their insights from the perspective of counsel, advisor, employee, employer, journalist, investigator, and even victim.
    Full story: RSHC Attorneys Presenting at the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law #MeToo Event
    • March 2018

    Joseph Q. McCoy, Keynote Speaker at BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet

    RSHC Partner and 1998 alumni, Joseph Q. McCoy, will be the keynote speaker for the April 12 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) Annual Graduating Students Recognition and Alumni Banquet, “Lifting As We Climb.” This celebration recognizes the achievements of predecessors, current students, and the next generation.
    Full story: Joseph Q. McCoy, Keynote Speaker at BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet
    • February 2018

    Leslie D. Davis, Panelist at BWLA Let’s Talk Roundtable

    The current political landscape has inflamed an insurgence in racism. RSHC Partner Leslie D. Davis will be a panelist at the March 1 Black Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA) luncheon, “Cracking the Code: Strategies for Addressing Race, Racism, and Politics in the Workplace” to be held at the DePaul Club. The panel will discuss strategies for navigating and addressing these issues in the workplace.
    Full story: Leslie D. Davis, Panelist at BWLA Let’s Talk Roundtable
    • February 2018

    Joseph Q. McCoy, Panelist on Black History Month - Authentic Leadership Panel

    RSHC Partner Joseph Q. McCoy will be a panelist on the February 27 “Black History Month – Authentic Leadership Panel” to be held at Cushman & Wakefield in Chicago. The inspirational six-person panel will share personal insights on leadership and their experience.
    Full story: Joseph Q. McCoy, Panelist on Black History Month - Authentic Leadership Panel
    • February 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes, Moderator for the BWLA 2018 Spring Fundraiser

    Patricia Brown Holmes will moderate the March 13 Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA) 2018 Spring Fundraiser, “Power in the Boardroom, Strategies to Achieve Diversity on Corporate Boards,” to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes, Moderator for the BWLA 2018 Spring Fundraiser
    • 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

    Ron Safer, Speaker at Spring CWC Women’s Project 5th Anniversary Symposium

    RSHC Partner Ron Safer will be a co-panelist along with the Hon. Christopher Plourd discussing “The Need for Forensic Science Reform and How to Get There” at the March 16 Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) Spring CLE Symposium to be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. False forensic science is a leading factor contributing to the wrongful conviction of women. Mr. Safer worked with the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions to exonerate Julie Rea Harper and Kristine Bunch, both of whom were victims of wrongful convictions based on junk science.
    Full story: Ron Safer, Speaker at Spring CWC Women’s Project 5th Anniversary Symposium
    • January 2018

    Joseph McCoy, Panelist at 2018 CYOC Conference

    Joseph McCoy will be a speaker at the February 8-11 18th Annual Charting Your Own Career (CYOC) Conference to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Florida.
    Full story: Joseph McCoy, Panelist at 2018 CYOC Conference
    • January 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes, Panelist at JPM BOLD Illinois MLK Celebration: The Fierce Urgency of Now

    On Tuesday, January 9, in honor of Dr. King’s legacy, Patricia Brown Holmes and co-panelists, Gerald Chertavian, Steve Urrutia, and Karna Crawford, will discuss the importance of cultural intelligence in the workplace to help employees relate and work effectively across cultures. BOLD (Black Organization of Leadership Development) Illinois is a Business Resource Group of JPMorgan Chase and Co.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes, Panelist at JPM BOLD Illinois MLK Celebration: The Fierce Urgency of Now
    • December 2017

    Meghan McMeel and Simone A. Randolph, New RSHC Partners

    RSHC is delighted to announce the promotion of Meghan McMeel (Product Liability) and Simone A. Randolph (Business Transactions) to Partner, effective January 1, 2018. Please join us in congratulating them!
    Full story: Meghan McMeel and Simone A. Randolph, New RSHC Partners
    • December 2017

    McCoy and Holmes, A Synergistic Team, 2017 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago

    Congratulations to RSHC Partners, Joseph McCoy and Patricia Brown Holmes, on their recognition in Crain’s Chicago Business inaugural edition of Chicago’s Most Influential Minority Lawyers. They are among 45 female and male lawyers recognized for their impressive achievements and dedication to diversity initiatives.
    Full story: McCoy and Holmes, A Synergistic Team, 2017 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago
    • December 2017

    Cory and Joe Cancila, All Stars Project Founding 50 Members

    RSHC proudly recognizes Cory and Joe Cancila, long-time supporters of All Stars Project of Chicago and one of the first 50 families and businesses, who are generously supporting the Founding 50 Challenge campaign. The $500,000 Challenge Fund will help establish a Center for Afterschool Development in the Chicago Loop by 2020.
    Full story: Cory and Joe Cancila, All Stars Project Founding 50 Members
    • December 2017

    Patricia Brown Holmes – Chicago Attorney, Special Prosecutor, Cancer Survivor – A Fighter, ABA Journal Feature December 2017

    In the last 30 years, Patricia Brown Holmes has lived a professional career that most attorneys never come close to experiencing. From youngest African-American woman serving as an associate judge in 1999 to special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald case in 2017, she assesses the circumstances quickly and accurately and then takes appropriate action – skills that also helped her survive cancer.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes – Chicago Attorney, Special Prosecutor, Cancer Survivor – A Fighter, ABA Journal Feature December 2017