• August 2018

    Bob Riley Named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago for Third Time

    RSHC is pleased to announce that name partner Bob Riley has been awarded the highest overall rating by his peers and named Best Lawyers’ 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants in the Chicago area. This is the third time that Bob has been honored as Lawyer of the Year, having been recognized in 2017 for this same honor and in 2016 as Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants.
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    • August 2018

    Nine RSHC Partners Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

    Nine RSHC partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in nine areas of selection and in three geographic regions. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
    Full story: Nine RSHC Partners Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List
    • August 2018

    Holmes Promotes “Authenticity” in Front of a Jury

    According to a soon-to-be released survey of 3,000 lawyers by Joan Williams, University of California at Hastings law professor, there is a double standard for women lawyers expressing anger at work or in the courtroom when it’s justified. About to begin a six-to-eight-week federal trial, RSHC Managing Partner, former judge, and prosecutor, Patricia Brown Holmes shared, “… earn the trust of the judge and jury and show them that their stereotypes are wrong. One way that I do that is authenticity.”
    Full story: Holmes Promotes “Authenticity” in Front of a Jury
    • August 2018

    Ron Safer Selected One of Chicago’s Most Inspiring People

    RSHC Partner Ron Safer has been selected from hundreds of nominations as one of the 2018 “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” by StreetWise because of his extraordinary dedication to pro bono work. Since 2000, Ron has led the charge for seven wrongfully convicted people to be exonerated who would have otherwise spent their lives in prison. The StreetWise Board of Directors and affiliated partners created this new award and annual celebration to recognize and honor courageous unsung-heroes who make Chicago a better place to live and work and inspire others to make a positive impact in our community.
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    • July 2018

    Chicago Victory Protects Status as Welcoming City

    On Friday, July 27, Judge Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois entered a permanent injunction against the Trump Administration’s attempts to force the City of Chicago’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts as a condition of receiving federal grant funding. The Court’s injunction invalidates three conditions that the Administration imposed on Byrne JAG funding, and will allow Chicago to receive and use these critical funds for local law enforcement efforts.
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    • July 2018

    Dalenberg, Holmes, and Warner Named Among Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018

    Breaking boundaries, leading by example, and committed to making a difference, RSHC Partners Heidi Dalenberg, Patricia Brown Holmes, and Kelly Warner were selected as three of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Crain’s recognized 150 legal industry leaders who have served with distinction for decades, demonstrate the power to effect change, and serve as role models and mentors to others. Join us in congratulating Heidi, Patricia, and Kelly, and thanking them for their leadership and dedication to our clients and RSHC.
    Full story: Dalenberg, Holmes, and Warner Named Among Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018
    • July 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes Named A Savoy 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyer

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers list, the “best of the best” of Black lawyers within leading national law firms and corporate and general counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations. Join us in congratulating Patricia and all those selected for their professionalism, protection of rights, and community service.
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    • July 2018

    Layla Dotson Lumpkin Selected A 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

    RSHC Associate Layla Dotson Lumpkin has been selected to the 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and recognized for her leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as an outstanding black lawyer younger than the age of 40. Only 40 black lawyers and non-black attorneys that promote diversity from each state are selected for membership each year. Please join RSHC in congratulating Layla on this well-deserved recognition.
    Full story: Layla Dotson Lumpkin Selected A 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    • July 2018

    Sarah Youngblood-Bates and Lance Cidre Selected 2018 Northern California Rising Stars

    Congratulations to RSHC Partner Sarah Youngblood-Bates and RSHC Associate Lance Cidre on their selection to the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. It is the sixth year in a row that Sarah has been selected, and it is the third year in a row that Lance has been selected. No more than 2.5 percent of the region’s attorneys under the age of 40 or in practice for less than ten years are selected and recognized by their peers for their professional accomplishments in their practice areas.
    Full story: Sarah Youngblood-Bates and Lance Cidre Selected 2018 Northern California Rising Stars
    • July 2018

    DC Federal Court Suspends Indiscrimate Detention of Some Asylum Seekers

    On July 2, a federal judge in Washington, DC ordered ICE to stop blanket denials of parole to asylum seekers at five of its Field Offices, and to follow its own internal 2009 Parole Directive which requires individualized determinations of parole applications. In issuing his preliminary injunction, Judge James Boasberg relied on ICE data which RSHC lawyers Mishan Wroe and Yakov Wiegmann had helped obtain in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The data showed that the five ICE Field Offices are flouting the 2009 Directive, detaining nearly all asylum seekers even when they pose no flight risk or danger to the public.
    Full story: DC Federal Court Suspends Indiscrimate Detention of Some Asylum Seekers
    • July 2018

    The Profit in Nonprofits, Best Lawyers Editorial by Patricia Brown Holmes

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes shares her opinions and experience with volunteering in nonprofits in Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Summer Edition 2018 editorial article, “The Profit in Nonprofits.” Volunteer organizations are the lifeblood of the legal profession. Lawyers must participate in nonprofits to help shape the future.
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    • July 2018

    RSHC Partner Steve Hankins begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College

    On July 1, RSHC Partner Steve Hankins (’85) begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College. He is also serving a second term on the college’s Board of Trustees. Steve says, “We’ll be supporting a new president [Elizabeth Bradley] who has some bold new visions, things every Vassar alum can rally around. We need to ensure that all of our alums feel that they belong. With the right alums engaging our students as mentors, ‘Vassar for a lifetime’ should be clear from day one on campus.”
    Full story: RSHC Partner Steve Hankins begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College
    • July 2018

    Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee

    RSHC Of Counsel (and poet) Cheryl D. S. Walker has been appointed Chair of the eight-person task force to select the second St. Louis Poet Laureate. The selected candidate will serve a two-year term and promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the St. Louis region. Nominations from the public are being accepted through July 20.
    Full story: Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee
    • June 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes CCBA Ida B. Platt Award Recipient

    To be a first and a female role model. The Cook County Bar Association awarded RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes the Historic Ida B. Platt Award at their June 22 104th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
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    • June 2018

    RSHC Attorneys Named 2018 Illinois Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers

    We are proud to announce that the Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers has named 19 of RSHC’s Illinois attorneys as Leading Lawyers and seven as Emerging Lawyers. RSHC adds two new names this year, as Valarie Hays and Tal Chaiken were named a 2018 Illinois Leading Lawyer and Emerging Lawyer, respectively.
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    • June 2018

    7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule

    The NCAA’s ‘Year in Residence” Rule permits Division I football student athletes to apply to transfer to different schools and to play at their new school after a year in academic residence. The rule operates to prevent trading from year to year like professional athletes. On June 25 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected antitrust claims stating the NCAA’s eligibility rules define the status of student athletes and preserve the amateur character of college athletics. Congratulations to the NCAA and Greg Curtner on this victory.
    Full story: 7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule
    • June 2018

    Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes was featured in the June 21 American Lawyer story, “Data Shows Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo Era.” "Sexism and racism in the law industry is real,” said Holmes. “The world overall is changing and the law business eventually will catch up.” She expressed, “We are moving in the right direction.”
    Full story: Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law
    • June 2018

    RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked a top ten firm in Law360’s annual 400 survey as a firm outpacing its peers on attracting and retaining women of color. With women of color making up 19.1% of its workforce, RSHC ranked ninth in the survey. Visibility, community, a voice at the table, and a balanced ladder are hurdles women of color face, and RSHC proactively tries to create an environment at the firm that “engages everyone and creates a camaraderie,” said Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes.
    Full story: RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers
    • June 2018

    RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked sixth in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report for best law firms for minority attorneys with 20-149 attorneys. At RSHC we believe the power of diversity is the power of collective wisdom. We are proud of our start, but it is just the beginning.
    Full story: RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys
    • June 2018

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Adds Former Fortune 500 Company Senior Counsel to Its Business Transactions Team

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) continues to grow its business transactions team with the latest addition of Lisa A. Houdyshell, who has joined RSHC as Of Counsel. A former senior counsel for a Fortune 500 global mining company, Lisa’s 25 years of commercial and real estate transactions experience in the U.S. and other countries will further strengthen the firm’s business transactions practice.
    Full story: Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Adds Former Fortune 500 Company Senior Counsel to Its Business Transactions Team