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Litigation & Trial

The litigators and trial lawyers of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) set the standard for excellence in the courtroom and beyond. That winning difference is the foundation of our national reputation. Our extensive experience guides our strategy from the very first indications of a dispute or regulatory inquiry, and this approach consistently delivers victory for our clients, whether the case results in a trial win, a decision not to prosecute, or a strategic settlement.

Our opponents never doubt that we are trial-ready. They know we have the experience, the talent, and the will to stand with our clients and see each matter through to a successful resolution.

Our lawyers are nationally known for being creative negotiators, counselors, and trusted advisors who craft and implement effective strategies to avoid, prevent, and resolve litigation efficiently.

RSHC lawyers have established national recognition and exceptional records in a diverse array of practice areas such as:

Class Actions
White Collar Defense, Investigations & Compliance
Product Liability & Mass Torts
Commercial Disputes & Litigation
Energy & Utilities
Environmental Litigation
Appellate Practice
Aerospace & Aviation
Antitrust & Competition
Intellectual Property
Insurance Litigation
Animal Law
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Labor & Employment
Financial Services Litigation
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Risk, Reputation & Crisis Management
Pro Bono Engagements

Business Transactions

Our Business Transactions lawyers provide a comprehensive suite of services to support our corporate clients as they build, grow, and protect their business.

Compliance Program Counseling, Design & Assessment
Financial Services
Real Estate Portfolio Management
Compliance & Corporate Governance
Corporate Transactions
Commercial Contracts
Airport Concessions
Business Management

Industry Experience

Our lawyers serve clients in industries such as:

Consumer Products
Industrial Manufacturing
Health Care & Life Sciences
Aerospace & Aviation
Financial Services & Asset Management
Food & Beverage
Primary, Secondary & Higher Education
Medical Devices
Media, Entertainment & Sports
Real Estate
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Transportation & Logistics
Airport Concessions
Private Equity & Venture Capital

Clients and the legal industry have taken notice and honored RSHC with such accolades as:

  • Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in multiple different categories (2024)
  • Chambers USA Awards 2023, Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution – Patricia Brown Holmes
  • Finalist Chambers USA Awards, Diversity & Inclusion:  Outstanding Firm (2023, 2021)
  • Named to BTI Client Service A-Team Top 100 List (2024, 2023) 
  • Received Commitment & Investment Award from The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (2023, 2021)
  • Received Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Diversity Partnership Award (2023)
  • Ranked Top 100 Social Impact Leader by Law360 (2023)
  • Received Inaugural Top Legal Employers in Leadership – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award from Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (2023)
  • Received Delivering Diversity Award from The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (2022)
  • Named to Midsize Client Service Masters by BTI Consulting (2022)
  • Named to Exelon’s DEI Honor Roll (2022, 2021)
  • Named Pro Bono Leader by Law360 (2022)
  • Received McDonald’s EMPOWER Award (2022)
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in multiple different categories (2021)
  • Named A Top Law Firm for Client Service During the Pandemic by BTI Consulting Group (2021)
  • Corporate Counsel Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards, Managing Partner of the Year – Patricia Brown Holmes (2021)
  • Named a national “Midsize Heavyweight” by BTI Consulting (2020)
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Businesses Championing Diversity & Inclusion (2020)
  • Vault’s Top 150 Under 150 (2021-2023)
  • Vault’s Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For, top 25 in multiple categories, including two #1 rankings (2020)

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