Firm Profile

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP


70 West Madison Street, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60602
United States
(312) 471.8700

Firm Details

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) is a national law firm of litigators, trial lawyers, and transactional attorneys.

Our lawyers are regularly retained to resolve some of the most challenging, complex, and high-stakes legal issues that our clients face.

Our litigators handle the full range of investigation and advocacy, from whistle-blower allegations to government investigations, from pre-litigation demands to full-blown multi-district litigation, and from discrete internal disputes to substantial and public corporate crises.

Our transactional attorneys are called on by clients to structure and negotiate sophisticated transactions. Whether it is a syndicated construction financing, an airport concessions joint venture, a private equity acquisition, or an asset disposition, our deal attorneys have closed significant transactions across the nation.

Our trial lawyers have tried hundreds of civil and criminal cases to verdicts in state and federal courts across more than two dozen states. Our class actions team has defended against complex claims in more than 30 states. Our appellate lawyers have appeared in most federal Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

We have deep and broad experience dealing with government at many levels. Seven  of our lawyers have served as Assistant United States Attorneys and others have experience as state court prosecutors. One was an Illinois state judge. Another was First Deputy Chief of Staff and Public Safety for the City of Chicago. Another served as General Counsel to the Governor of Illinois, and Deputy Corporation Counsel in charge of all City of Chicago litigation. We have judiciously exercised the power of the government, and we have defended our clients against it.

All our attorneys see themselves as counselors to their clients. Several served in top roles in the legal departments of household name companies, handling the panoply of matters that confront 21st century business: governance, regulatory, risk, expansion, competition, employment, compliance, intellectual property, transaction, and securities issues. We are skilled at dealing with the press. We have balanced the competing constituencies that our clients serve: customers, employees, investors, and regulators. We know how to help our clients get to the other side of a crisis. We also know that the best lawsuit is the one that is never filed.

Our Approach

We listen and we learn. We dedicate our time, energy, and resources to devise creative and effective solutions that will meet the immediate and long-term goals of our clients, wherever and whenever those needs arise.

We pride ourselves on our innovative fee arrangements, which are designed to align our interests with those of our clients and to put the emphasis on efficiency and results.

We believe that lawyers from different backgrounds provide a better perspective on the problems our clients face. Simply put, we believe that the more diverse our teams, the more value we produce for our clients. We work in a climate that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. Everyone at our firm makes a contribution to our clients. We genuinely enjoy working together and partnering with our clients.

Our Founding Principles

·   We excel at what we do
·   We deliver value to our clients, as they measure value
·   We provide exceptional service
·   We are diverse
·   We perform exemplary pro bono service
·   We care about our clients and each other

By putting clients at the center of our mission, by aligning our interests with theirs, and by building processes that allow us to fulfill our promises, we hope to earn and maintain the trust of our clients, every day, on every matter.

Our Lawyers

Our attorneys serve as trusted advisors to clients whom we have served for decades, counseling them on a broad range of strategic decisions. We have experience handling complex and demanding litigation, from major class actions and trial consolidations to individual matters, where the outcome can determine the direction and long-term prospects of their businesses. We counsel clients on developing and coordinating nationwide litigation strategy. We have conducted complex and multi-pronged internal investigations, and responded to dozens of regulators’ inquiries. We structure and negotiate complex business transactions.  We manage clients’ transactional needs across a range of services, including real estate and leasing, and providing strategic business counsel.

Our attorneys serve as trusted advisors to our clients, some of whom we have served for decades, counseling them on a broad range of strategic decisions.

Our Services

We have national litigation and transactional practices. Our trial lawyers have tried over 200 cases. Our deal attorneys have closed hundreds of deals. We have significant experience in:

·  Aerospace
·  Animal Law
·  Antitrust and Competition Law
·  Appellate
·  Business Transactions
·  Change Management and Legal Operations
·  Class Actions
·  Commercial Litigation
·  Cybersecurity
·  Higher Education
·  Insurance Litigation
·  Intellectual Property
·  Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation
·  Products, Environmental, and Mass Tort Litigation
·  Risk, Reputation, and Crisis Management
·  White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations, and Compliance

Firm Practice Areas

  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Aviation Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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Office Locations

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Irvine, CA

100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 440

Irvine, CA 92618

United States

(949) 359.5500

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San Francisco, CA

456 Montgomery Street, 16th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104

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(415) 275.8550

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Chicago, IL

70 West Madison Street, Suite 2900

Chicago, IL 60602

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(312) 471.8700

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Ann Arbor, MI

121 West Washington Street, Suite 402

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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(734) 773.4900

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New York

New York

New York, NY

200 Vesey Street, 24th Floor

New York, NY 10218

United States

(212) 660.1000

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