Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Patricia Brown Holmes, a highly respected and accomplished lawyer, focuses her practice on the areas of high-stakes commercial litigation, white collar crime, and legal counseling. As a former state court judge and experienced prosecutor and defense lawyer, she brings a unique variety of capabilities to her practice. Comprehensive trial experience coupled with deft management abilities position Judge Holmes as a valuable advocate and trusted advisor to her clients. She navigates complicated and delicate legal matters with discretion and poise by applying sound judgment, creative strategies, and common sense. Given her familiarity with sensitive legal matters, including internal employment investigations for major colleges and universities, she is especially qualified to conduct internal investigations.
Judge Holmes served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is a past President of the Chicago Bar Association, and has served in a variety of appointed positions such as the Special Prosecutor in the LaQuan McDonald matter, the Trustee of Burr Oak Cemetery, and as co-chair of the Judicial Selection Commission for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.