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 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.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has been named a Tier 1 firm in Chicago in four practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the Seventh Edition of “Best Law Firms.” The firm also earned a Tier 2 ranking in Chicago for Appellate Practice and a National Tier 3 ranking in two practice areas.
RSHC is pleased to announce two of its founding partners have been awarded the highest overall rating by their peers as 2017 Lawyers of the Year. Bob Riley has been named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Chicago Product Liability Litigation–Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”, and Ron Safer has been named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Chicago Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year.” Only one lawyer is recognized for each specialty and location.
Matt Fischer and Brian O’Connor Watson successfully defended Deere & Company against claims of negligence and strict product liability after a two week trial in Independence, Missouri. The plaintiff sought millions of dollars in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. The jury returned a verdict for Deere on all counts. Plaintiff has elected not to appeal the jury’s verdict.
The symposium, held in April 2016 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, examined and outlined strategies and best practices for empowering women lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. The event was sponsored by The United States District Court, the Chicago Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyer’s Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
Tal Chaiken, James Gaughan and Eli Litoff have been selected by the United States District Court and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to receive Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service for their work on behalf of Byron E. Adams in Adams v. Cullinan.
On April 19, 2016, Eddie Bolden walked out of jail, exonerated and a free man for the first time in 22 years, thanks to the efforts of private investigator Susan Carlson and a legal team led by RSHC founding partner Ron Safer.
The 25th Annual Spring CLE Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee was held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona April 7 – 9, 2016, with RSHC partner Ed Casmere serving as Program Chair.