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Patricia Brown Holmes

70 West Madison Street, Suite 2900 Chicago, Illinois 60602
Firm: Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
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Overview
Firm

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP


Years In Practice


Phone Number (312) 471-8745

As a former state court judge, experienced prosecutor, and defense lawyer, RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes is renowned for her comprehensive trial experience and wisdom as a trusted advisor for clients. She focuses on high-stakes commercial disputes and litigation; class actions; risk, reputation, and crisis management; and internal investigations and white collar criminal defense. She is one of a handful of Illinois lawyers who have handled cases in state, city, and federal court as well as state appellate, federal appellate, and Illinois Supreme Court.

Patricia is the first African-American woman to manage and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned. She has received countless accolades for her professional achievements and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry. In recognizing RSHC, Chambers D&I Awards called the firm “a true diversity and inclusion pioneer for the profession.”

She serves on the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees and Board of The Chicago Network. She chairs the board of Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization. She is a former board member of LaRabida Children’s Hospital. She is a former President of the Chicago Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association, and Harriet’s Daughters. She served in a variety of high profile appointed positions such as the Special Prosecutor in the matter of Laquan McDonald, Sole Trustee of Burr Oak Cemetery, and  co-chair of the Judicial Selection Commission for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, among others.

 

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Awards
  • 2019 Chicago's Notable Minorities in Law, Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2016 Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year
  • 2017 Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) Vanguard Award
  • 2017 Crain's Chicago Business Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago
  • 2018 Cook County Bar Association Ida B. Platt Award
  • 2018 Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund Outstanding Women in Business Award
  • 2018 Savoy Magazine Most Influential Black Lawyers
  • 2019 Chicago's Notable Minorities in Law, Crain's Chicago Business
  • Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation, 2011-2022; Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2020-2022)
Education
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, J.D.
Graduated 1986
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, B.S.
Graduated 1983
Contact Details and Office Locations
70 West Madison Street, Suite 2900
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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