News & Highlights

Chicago Lawyer Article, Technology vs. The Billable Hour

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, May, 2017

RSHC partner, Ron Safer, shared his thoughts with Chicago Lawyer about the vital importance of new billing models, technology efficiencies, and achieving goals that respect and respond to the client’s definition of success.

10th Annual DOJ & SEC Enforcement 2017 Update

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, May, 2017

RSHC partner, Valarie Hays, will be a featured panelist at the 10th Annual DOJ & SEC Enforcement 2017 Update taking place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago on May 18. Speakers will include Dave Glockner (Regional Director SEC); Jason Yonan (Securities & Commodities Fraud Section, U.S.A Office, ND Ill.); and James Godley (FBI Agent - Head White Collar Crime Task Force).

Chicago Files Brief In 4th Circuit Against Travel Ban

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

On Wednesday, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other cities weighed in against the President’s updated immigration ban for six predominantly Muslim countries, arguing to the Fourth Circuit that lifting the injunction on the ban would hurt city economies across the country.

RSHC Texas Patent Victory Affirmed by Federal Circuit

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, the Federal Circuit affirmed a victory for our client Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in a patent infringement case brought in the Eastern District of Texas. Allscripts, a leader in the medical records software and solutions industry, was accused of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,640,271 which claimed a “portal”-type system for patient access to electronic medical records. The case was brought by a non-practicing entity, Preservation Wellness.

Best Lawyers Cover Story, Benefits and Mechanics of Diverse Partner Integration

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

Patricia Brown Holmes and Leslie D. Davis, RSHC partners, co-authored the cover story for the Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Spring Business Edition 2017. While lateral transitions are generally beneficial for both the attorney and the new law firm, firms are now charged with finding more effective ways to quickly integrate lateral attorneys, particularly as those attorneys become more diverse. In order to remain competitive, law firms must work to address the barriers that have inhibited the successful integration of diverse lateral attorneys.

Client Alert – 7th Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation is a Title VII Protected Category

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued a monumental opinion (Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana), holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It is the first [and only] federal circuit court decision of its kind; and comes only one week after the Second Circuit ruled that sexual orientation is not a protected category under Title VII.

10th Annual Chicago White Collar Crime & Corporate Governance Conference

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

Law Bulletin Seminars, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, will host its 10th Annual Chicago White Collar Crime & Corporate Governance Conference, “Implications of a Trump Administration,” at the Swissotel Chicago on April 19. RSHC Partner, Dave Resnicoff, will Chair the anti-corruption panel, including Emmanuel Ayuk (Global Compliance & Counsel), Jeff Cramer (Berkeley Research Group), Meghan Hansen (Latham & Watkins), and Nick Berg (Ropes & Gray).

University of Chicago Institute of Politics Speaker Series

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, April, 2017

Bob Rivkin, RSHC attorney and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will moderate an engaging panel discussion at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics April 6 program, “The Justice League: Navigating the Legal Limits of Federal Policy.” Hear the government’s top lawyers’ view of governing in Washington, and how they engage in policy development and ensure that government actions are appropriate and legally defensible.

RSHC Partners Presenting at BWLA’s 30th Anniversary National Summit

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, March, 2017

RSHC Partners, Patricia Brown Holmes and Ron Safer, will be presenting at the March 30 – April 1, 2017 Black Women’s Law Association (BWLA) National Summit entitled, “Legacy: Celebrating Our History and Charting Our Future.”

RSHC Prepared City of Chicago’s Amicus Brief Against President Trump’s Travel Ban

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, March, 2017

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila had the privilege of working with the City of Chicago in preparing an important amicus brief on behalf of the Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities and counties, who have been negatively affected by President Trump’s new executive order.

Patricia Brown Holmes, 2017 Vanguard Award Honoree

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, March, 2017

The Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA), during their 30th Anniversary year, recognizes former BWLA President and founding member Patricia Brown Holmes, also immediate past CBA President, as their 2017 Vanguard Award recipient. The Vanguard Awards provide Chicago’s legal community with a focal point that celebrates the accomplishments of diverse lawyers and organizations and fosters greater understanding and collaboration between the city’s diverse bar associations.

All Charges Against "Marquette Park 4" Dismissed

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, February, 2017

State’s Attorney Dismisses All Charges Against Wrongfully Convicted "Marquette Park 4", Ron Safer and Eli Litoff Part of the Team of Lawyers that Provided Pro Bono Legal Counsel.

Chicago Transit Authority Advised on Federal Funding for Largest Capital Improvement Project in CTA History

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, January, 2017

Bob Rivkin and Alissa Kelso successfully advised the Chicago Transit Authority in its efforts to secure federal funding for the largest capital improvement project in CTA history.

Illinois Super Lawyers and Top of the List Rankings for Holmes (Top 50 Women) and Safer (Top 100)

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, January, 2017

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila is proud to announce that eight partners have been selected for inclusion on the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Patricia Brown Holmes ranked in the Top 50 Women, and Ronald S. Safer ranked in the Top 100. The Super Lawyers selection process involves a diverse list of top attorneys nominated by peers, independent research across 12 key categories, evaluation by a highly credentialed Blue Ribbon panel of attorneys and final selection of only 5% to Super Lawyers.

Patricia Brown Holmes, Awarded Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year 2016

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, December, 2016

Patricia Brown Holmes is an inspirational leader in the legal and greater community. She personifies justice, equality, inclusion and hope. She is a highly respected and accomplished lawyer with a reputation for excellence, integrity and unerring judgment.
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