Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
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.