• August 2019

    The ABA passes a resolution urging Congress to enact new federal marijuana legislation

    The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution calling on Congress to end federal prohibition on marijuana by removing it as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and allowing States to opt out of the Controlled Substances Act. As more states legalize marijuana for medical and/or adult-use purposes, tensions between federal marijuana laws and state reforms have come to a head. Marijuana businesses face unique challenges related to banking services, tax deductions, and IP protections.
    Full story: The ABA passes a resolution urging Congress to enact new federal marijuana legislation
    • August 2019

    Matt Fischer Named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” In Chicago For Third Time

    RSHC is pleased to announce that RSHC Partner Matt Fischer has been awarded the highest overall rating by his peers and named Best Lawyers’ 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants in the Chicago area. This is the third time that Matt has been honored as Lawyer of the Year, having been recognized in 2018 and 2013 for this same honor.
    Full story: Matt Fischer Named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” In Chicago For Third Time
    • August 2019

    Nine RSHC Partners Named To 2020 Best Lawyers® List

    Nine RSHC partners continue to be recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in nine areas of selection and in three geographic regions. The Best Lawyers list has been published for over three decades and is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
    Full story: Nine RSHC Partners Named To 2020 Best Lawyers® List
    • August 2019

    Nathan Howze is a Panelist at ABA Cannabis & Hemp Law Conference

    RSHC Associate, Nathan Howze will be a panelist at the American Bar Association/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section conference entitled “From Regs to Riches: Navigating the Rapidly Emerging Fields of Cannabis & Hemp Law.” On September 19-20 come join Nathan and a wide array of industry leaders including CEOs, general counsels, legislators, academics, and practicing lawyers in Chicago at what promises to be the premier CLE program on cannabis and hemp law this year.
    Full story: Nathan Howze is a Panelist at ABA Cannabis & Hemp Law Conference
    • July 2019

    RSHC Founding Partner Edward Casmere elected to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

    We are pleased to announce that our partner, Edward Casmere, was recently accepted into the membership of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is comprised of U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel, and insurance claims executives. Dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship and professionalism for lawyers and other professionals, the FDCC strives to achieve a balanced justice system in the defense of civil lawsuits.
    Full story: RSHC Founding Partner Edward Casmere elected to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • July 2019

    RSHC Secures Dismissal of All Claims Against Bitcoin Exchange Founder

    RSHC’s Yakov Wiegmann, Amory Minot, and Matthew Lee have secured the final dismissal of conversion, breach of contract, and fraud claims against cryptocurrency pioneer Jered Kenna. Mr. Kenna was the founder of Tradehill, one of the earliest bitcoin exchanges. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of the Northern District of California ruled that the four plaintiffs’ complaints were doomed for failure to pierce Tradehill’s corporate veil.
    Full story: RSHC Secures Dismissal of All Claims Against Bitcoin Exchange Founder
    • July 2019

    RSHC Ranked #1 in Two Categories in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” Rankings

    Vault’s “2020 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” names RSHC tops several different categories. RSHC was named #1 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Diversity, and #1 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Pro Bono. RSHC was also named #14 in Best Midsize Law Firms for Technology and Innovation, #18 for Firm Culture, and #23 Overall.
    Full story: RSHC Ranked #1 in Two Categories in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” Rankings
    • July 2019

    RSHC Expands Product Liability Practice, Launches Southern California Presence

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) announced the hiring of two new partners, Jeffrey W. Morof and Shalem A. Massey. Jeffrey W. Morof has spent his entire career defending aerospace clients and the aviation insurance market in product liability and commercial litigation matters, including serving as national counsel for two large aerospace manufacturers. Shalem A. Massey is a litigator with experience handling high-stakes and “bet the company” matters for businesses and insurers in the aerospace and technology industries.
    Full story: RSHC Expands Product Liability Practice, Launches Southern California Presence
    • July 2019

    Sarah Youngblood-Bates Selected 2019 Northern California Rising Star

    Congratulations to RSHC Partner Sarah Youngblood-Bates on her selection to the 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. It is the seventh year in a row that Sarah has been selected. No more than 2.5 percent of the region’s attorneys are recognized by their peers for their professional accomplishments in their practice areas.
    Full story: Sarah Youngblood-Bates Selected 2019 Northern California Rising Star
    • 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