• April 2018

    Another Sanctuary Cities Victory Against the DOJ

    The Riley Safer team, in partnership with WilmerHale, helped the City of Chicago achieve another victory against the Trump administration on Thursday. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Leinenweber's grant to Chicago of a nationwide injunction stopping Attorney General Jeff Sessions from applying new conditions to grant money to force cities across the country to cooperate with immigration authorities.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
    • March 2018

    Rod Perry, Panelist at April 5 Chicago LCLD Program

    RSHC Partner Rod Perry will be a panelist at the April 5 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni Speaker Series program, “Advancement, Transitions, and Career Planning,” to be held at Winston & Strawn in Chicago. LCLD Alumni, who have advanced or transitioned to new roles and responsibilities, will share their experiences to help others identify opportunities and navigate potential road blocks, pitfalls and ethical issues.
    Full story: Rod Perry, Panelist at April 5 Chicago LCLD Program
    • March 2018

    Interview with Jack Theis on WGN Radio 720 "Legal Face-Off”

    Rich Lenkov and Craig Collins from WGN Radio 720’s “Legal Face-Off” interviewed RSHC Partner Jack Theis on their February 28 talk show. Jack shared his thoughts on crisis management in the White House vs. private practice, the importance of being concise as a lawyer, and the scope of the president’s pardon power.
    Full story: Interview with Jack Theis on WGN Radio 720 "Legal Face-Off”
    • March 2018

    RSHC 2017 Annual Report

    As RSHC begins its third year, we are pleased to share our 2017 Annual Report, which highlights our 24-month road to building A Law Firm Built for Clients.®
    Full story: RSHC 2017 Annual Report
    • 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

    Client Alert - Federal Enforcement Agencies Take Action on Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity risks pose substantial challenges to any company functioning in today’s data-driven marketplace. In addition to threats from internal and outside forces, risks associated with protecting personal and financial information, and the possibility of protracted civil litigation, corporations face increasing pressure from regulators to ensure the security of their systems. This week, two federal agencies doubled down in this arena: the Department of Justice established a task force to combat cybersecurity threats, and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on the appropriate disclosures of cyber risks and incidents.
    Full story: Client Alert - Federal Enforcement Agencies Take Action on Cybersecurity
    • 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

    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
    • February 2018

    Joseph Q. McCoy, Panelist for The Chicago Committee’s 2018 Law Firm Boot Camp for Junior Associates

    RSHC Partner Joseph Q. McCoy will be a panelist for the March 2 Chicago Committee’s “Law Firm Boot Camp for Junior Associates” to be held at Ropes & Gray.
    Full story: Joseph Q. McCoy, Panelist for The Chicago Committee’s 2018 Law Firm Boot Camp for Junior Associates
    • February 2018

    Kate Stimeling and RSHC, Hosting 4th Annual USF Law Review Alumni & Student Mixer

    RSHC Partner Kate Stimeling, former USF Law Review managing editor, and RSHC are pleased to host the April 13 University of San Francisco (USF) Law Review Alumni-Student Mixer at its San Francisco office. Current and past members are invited to celebrate and share their Law Review experiences. Registration is now open.
    Full story: Kate Stimeling and RSHC, Hosting 4th Annual USF Law Review Alumni & Student Mixer
    • 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

    Patricia Holmes, GC Roundtable Moderator at 2018 NBA Gateway to Success Conference

    RSHC Partner Patricia Brown Holmes will moderate the General Counsel Roundtable at the March 23 National Bar Association’s Corporate Law Section Seventh Gateway to Success Conference, “Take Your Advanced Career to the Highest Level,” at the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The distinguished six-member roundtable will discuss the next steps Corporate and Outside Counsel need to take to reach the General Counsel level.
    Full story: Patricia Holmes, GC Roundtable Moderator at 2018 NBA Gateway to Success Conference
    • February 2018

    Jack Theis, Former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, Joins RSHC

    Jack Theis, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Obama, has joined the national law firm of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC). As a partner in the Chicago office, he will concentrate his practice on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, antitrust and competition law, and risk and reputation management.
    Full story: Jack Theis, Former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, Joins RSHC
    • February 2018

    Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures

    RSHC Partner Dave Resnicoff published the recent brief article, “De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures,” in the January-March 2018 Issue of Risk & Compliance Magazine. Executives have never been at higher personal risk for compliance failures. Compliance efforts typically focus on reducing the risk of corporate liability. But often there is little attention paid to reducing the risk of individual executive liability. Dave suggests several practical, common sense steps in-house counsel and compliance personnel can recommend to their executive teams to reduce their own risk, and at the same reduce risk to their organizations.
    Full story: Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures
    • 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