A law firm built for clients

We established Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila in 2016 to drive exceptional results and provide elite legal services with value-based pricing. Lean by design, our highly experienced and diverse team is intensely focused on solving our clients’ legal problems as business problems.

Our Experience

We are a national law firm of litigators and transactional attorneys.

Our partners are regularly retained to resolve some of the most challenging, complex, and high-stakes legal issues that our clients face, from whistle-blower allegations to government investigations, from pre-litigation demands to full-blown multi-district litigation, and from discreet corporate problems to substantial and public corporate crises.

Our transactional attorneys are called on by clients to structure and negotiate sophisticated transactions. Whether it is a syndicated construction financing, an airport concessions joint venture, a private equity acquisition or an asset disposition, our deal attorneys have closed significant transactions across the nation.

We have tried hundreds of civil and criminal cases to verdicts in state and federal courts across more than two dozen states. Our class actions team has defended against complex claims in the majority of states. Our appellate lawyers have appeared in most federal Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

We have deep and broad experience dealing with government at many levels. Eight of our lawyers have served as Assistant United States Attorneys. One was an Illinois state judge. Another was First Deputy Chief of Public Safety for Chicago. Another served as General Counsel to the Governor of Illinois, and Deputy Corporation Counsel in charge of all City of Chicago litigation. We have judiciously exercised the power of the government and we have defended our clients against it.

All our partners see themselves as counselors to their clients. Three served as General Counsel to household name companies, handling the panoply of matters that confront 21st century business: governance, regulatory, risk, expansion, competition, employment, compliance, intellectual property, transaction, and securities issues. We are skilled at dealing with the press. We have balanced the competing constituencies that our clients serve: customers, employees, investors, and regulators. We know how to help our clients get to the other side of a crisis. We also know that the best lawsuit is the one that is never filed.

Our Clients

We represent companies and individuals who need sophisticated legal help. Our client list ranges from global corporations and other publicly traded companies—including many of the Fortune 100—to small privately held companies and private individuals. What they have in common is a need for lawyers who personally focus intensely on their problems and craft timely, cost-effective solutions.

Our Service

We listen and we learn. We dedicate our time, energy and resources to devise creative and effective solutions that will meet the immediate and long-term goals of our clients, wherever those needs arise.

We pride ourselves on our innovative fee arrangements, which are designed to align our interests with those of our clients and to put the emphasis on efficiency and results, not on logging hours.

Our Approach

We believe that lawyers from different backgrounds provide a better perspective on the problems our clients face. Simply put, we believe that the more diverse our teams, the more value we produce for our clients.

We work in a climate that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. Everyone at our firm makes a contribution to our clients. We genuinely enjoy working together and teaming with our clients.

Our Founding Principles

  • We excel at what we do
  • We deliver value to our clients, as they measure value
  • We provide exceptional service
  • We are diverse
  • We perform exemplary pro bono service
  • We care about our clients and each other

By putting clients at the center of our mission, by aligning our interests with theirs, and by building processes that allow us to fulfill our promises, we hope to earn and maintain the trust of our clients, every day, on every matter.

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