RSHC 2016-2017 Annual Report


Building RSHC

2016-2017 Annual Report



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What’s Inside

Introduction ........................................................... 1

Clients First. ........................................................... 2

n Our Philosophy

Market Leading Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

n Showcasing 12 Practice Areas

n Tripled in Size

Reputation. ............................................................ 8

n Recognized and Honored by Our Peers

Diversity ............................................................. 10

n Beating Every National Average

Pro Bono and Public Service. ........................................... 12

Coda ................................................................. 16

Our Attorneys ........................................................ 16

A law firm built for clients.®

In March 2016, our 21 founding partners

decided to rethink the practice of law.

We took a risk.

We had an idea: build a new kind of law firm designed for today’s clients, based

on six founding principles.

The purpose of this report is two-fold. First, those who have supported our efforts

are entitled to know what we have done to live up to these principles. Second,

we want to thank you for your trust and confidence in us. Without it, none of this

would have been possible.

As we continue to grow and evolve, our promise to ourselves and our clients will

not change; we will remain a law firm built for clients.®

Our Founding


n Excel at what we do

n Deliver value to our clients,

as they measure value

n Provide exceptional service

n Be diverse

n Perform exemplary

pro bono service

n Care about our clients

and each other


Our Clients

We are grateful for the

opportunities our clients have

given us to work with and for

them. Our client base is as

diverse as we are. We handle

some of the largest, most

important matters for Fortune

500 companies, as well as pro

bono matters for those who

also need our hard work and


n Multiple public and privately

held companies in the

insurance, manufacturing,

transportation, food and

beverage, life sciences, and

healthcare industries, among

others, have turned to us to

handle their class actions,

product liability cases, labor

and employment matters,

IP litigation, commercial

disputes, and government

investigations. With the

addition of a transactional

practice, we are now handling

their commercial and financial

transactions, as well.

Clients First

We begin our engagements by talking with our clients about their goals and

their tolerance for risk. We want to know what they value and what they want

to achieve. Then we present them with options on billing and staffing. Once

our goals are set, we get to work, confident that we have clearly aligned our

interests with those of the clients we exist to serve.

During the last year, we have gained a good deal of attention because,

although we work long, hard hours, we don’t impose minimum billable hour

requirements on our lawyers. We are comfortable with a wide variety of

billing arrangements. This frees our lawyers to focus on driving results for our

clients, instead of internal firm metrics that measure their own personal and

institutional success. We know that our firm, and each of us, will do well only

when our clients do well.

We are not anti-billable hour. We are pro-client. Some of our clients choose

flat fees or caps. Some ask to be billed on an hourly basis. Some opt for a

combination. We have found that discussing at the outset the goals and

expectations of our clients and how they will pay us for the value we bring to

their matters is not only a good practice in terms of price, but also essential to

getting us all on the same page so we can focus on results.

n Several major universities,

municipalities, and nonprofits

have retained us to

handle a variety of litigation,

finance, real estate, and

investigation matters.

n Individuals of all types—

from sophisticated corporate

executives to incarcerated

and indigent citizens—have

asked us to represent them in

a variety of matters.

A law firm built for clients.®


“…we acted to meet the expressed needs

of our clients…”

Market Leading Practices

We are now a national law firm of litigators, trial lawyers, and transactional

attorneys. As soon as we opened, growth was an imperative to meet the needs

of our clients. Given the newness of our venture, finding like-minded people

who are willing to change the way they think about the practice of law poses

its own challenges. Fortunately, we have attracted new colleagues with the

same commitments to professional excellence, client and public service, and a

collaborative work environment.

We’ve expanded the breadth of our services, as well. This past summer, we

added two important practice capabilities: Antitrust and Competition Law and

Business Transactions. Once again, we acted to meet the expressed needs of our

clients, adding lawyers who practice at the top of their respective fields. We are

currently seeking to expand our Corporate capabilities further.

Commercial Litigation, Class Actions and Mass Torts

As our national Tier One ranking from Best Lawyers demonstrates, our most

prominent practices include mass torts and class action defense work. In 2017,

Best Lawyers named Bob Riley as Chicago’s Lawyer of the Year for his Product

Liability work. This year, Best Lawyers named Matt Fischer as Chicago’s 2018

Lawyer of the Year for his Mass Torts defense work. Joe Cancila has also been

recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the best lawyers in the country for class

action defense. And several members of our mass torts and class action practices,

including Ed Casmere, Heidi Dalenberg, Jim Gaughan, Sondra Hemeryck, Nick

Kahlon, and Josh Lee, have been named as Illinois Super Lawyers, and/or as

Illinois Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers.

Our commercial litigators work from all four of our offices and practice across

the nation. Since we started, we have defended our clients against class actions

and other commercial litigation in federal and state court in 16 states. During that

period, eight class actions were dismissed at the pleading stage.

12 Practice Areas

n Antitrust and

Competition Law

n Appellate

n Business Transactions

n Class Actions

n Commercial Litigation

n Higher Education

n Insurance Litigation

n Intellectual Property

n Labor and Employment

Counseling and Litigation

n Product Liability and

Mass Tort Litigation

n Risk, Reputation and

Crisis Management

n White Collar Defense,

Investigations and


We try cases, sometimes in notoriously tough jurisdictions. We have a deep

team of first-chair trial lawyers who, together, have tried scores of civil cases to

verdict across the country. We win. And because we win, our clients often can

resolve matters expeditiously and efficiently without a trial.


Our appellate work is equally effective. In just 22 months, we have argued four

times before three federal circuit courts of appeal and twice in state appellate

courts. In the Seventh Circuit, we shut down a new theory of liability in asbestos

claims. In the second, we successfully argued that a cancer causation opinion

was junk science, and the Court of Appeals affirmed a defense verdict for

our client. In the Eighth Circuit, we obtained reversal of an order certifying a

statewide class involving tens of thousands of individuals who alleged a breach

of contract by our client. The trial court in that case was ordered to dismiss the

plaintiff’s complaint on remand.

Our mass torts group (led by Bob Riley, Ed Casmere, Matt Fischer, and Josh

Lee) litigated high-stakes cases across the country. In Missouri, a jury returned

a defense verdict for our client after a two-week trial over claims that an alleged

exposure to benzene had caused the plaintiff’s cancer. In Wisconsin, we won a

federal bench trial for injuries alleged to have resulted from a manufacturer’s use

of asbestos decades ago.

In the 22 months since our founding, our class actions team (led by Joe Cancila,

Greg Curtner, Heidi Dalenberg, Sondra Hemeryck, Jim Gaughan, Nick Kahlon,

Jake Kahn, Merili Seale, and Rod Perry) has litigated over three dozen cases, in

approximately two dozen different jurisdictions, including six different federal

appellate courts. Those cases have involved a broad range of issues, including

federal and state antitrust claims, RICO claims, insurance breach of contract,

consumer fraud, common law fraud, false advertising, breach of warranty,

alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and federal

and state securities law claims. We have addressed cutting-edge class action

issues, including the application of Rule 23 class certification prerequisites to

“issues” classes, how Article III standing requirements apply for members of a

certified class in federal court, and how to best protect a class action defendant

from oppressive class-wide discovery through scheduling orders and phased

proceedings. And we have achieved favorable results for our clients, including

the Eighth Circuit’s class certification reversal, dismissal with prejudice of

consumer claims against United Airlines challenging its baggage handling

practices and ticket cancellation fees, summary judgments in favor of a leading

insurance company in cases asserting bad faith claim practices, and dismissals

or advantageous settlements of numerous other cases.

Our commercial litigation practice (led by Tom Quinn, Jeff Williams, Steve

Hankins, Kate Stimeling, Jake Kahn, and Rod Perry) also scored important

victories for clients defending their intellectual property in patent actions and

upholding their contractual rights in a suit by an aggrieved debt holder. And in a

series of actions on the eve of the first World Series championship won by the

A law firm built for clients.® 4

“We have a deep team of first-chair trial lawyers…”

Chicago Cubs in more than a century, our lawyers helped Major League Baseball thwart the sale of counterfeit

souvenirs in the streets outside Wrigley Field. In a demonstration of our depth and reach, partners Jake Kahn,

Ryan Poscablo, and Ed Casmere from our Chicago and New York offices combined forces to successfully

prosecute a securities fraud action on behalf of our clients.

White Collar Defense, Investigations and Compliance

We are quite proud to say that in 2017, Best Lawyers in America named Ron Safer as Chicago’s Lawyer of the

Year for his White Collar defense practice. We are equally proud to say Best Lawyers and Chambers USA has

also ranked Ron Safer other partners on our team among the best in the land, including Matt Crowl and Patricia

Brown Holmes.

Led by seven former federal and state prosecutors, a former judge, and multiple equally talented career

defense attorneys, our White Collar Defense, Investigations and Compliance practice can handle virtually any

investigation or enforcement action of any scale. In the past year, this team (led by Ron Safer, Patricia Brown

Holmes, Matt Crowl, Valarie Hays, Dave Resnicoff, Kelly Warner, Ryan Poscablo, and Sandy Musumeci)

regularly counseled, defended, and vindicated our clients in what in every instance were quite serious matters.

Faced with the prospect of government sanctions in the form of monetary penalties, exclusion from federal

programs, and even incarceration, we brought to bear more than 100 collective years of experience either

prosecuting or defending public and private companies, corporate executives, and ordinary citizens in similar


Our team represented companies and individuals in a variety of government investigations and prosecutions.

Some were witnesses; some were subjects; and some were targets of the investigations. Our cases have involved

allegations of fraud, bribery, racketeering, kickbacks, off-label sales, and a variety of corruption charges. We

often worked closely with other major law firms representing companies and individuals in those same cases.

Over the past year, our internal investigations team has handled some of our most important work. We can

describe a few of our engagements in broad outlines:

n Suspecting fraud and other corruption, the FBI raided the home of a CEO of a major long term care company

as well as other locations last year. The General Counsel turned to us to manage the immediate crisis, take

control of the defense, and conduct a thorough parallel investigation. We found a pattern of abuse by several

senior executives, cooperated with authorities, and in the process, contained and stabilized the matter so

the Board and management could focus on continuing to provide the highest quality of healthcare. While

the criminal case continues, we have filed a civil RICO action, seeking the return of millions of dollars that we

believe was looted from our client.

n We regularly conduct investigations and assessments in the U.S. and overseas involving allegations of

bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). For instance, in the midst of an investigation by the

U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly bribing foreign government officials, a global medical equipment

manufacturer retained us to conduct a global and independent assessment of its compliance program and

risk under the FCPA. Working non-stop for 60 days in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, our partners and

associates conducted more than 100 face-to-face interviews of our client’s executives and distributors, and


performed an analysis that the company is relying on in its efforts to reach a favorable resolution with the DOJ.

Separately, a Fortune 100 transportation company retained us to investigate potential corruption by its vendor

network. And a global shipping company asked us to investigate a distant representative office in which it

suspected corrupt activities.

n Multiple healthcare companies requested us to conduct efficient, cost-effective, and defensible internal

investigations of alleged misconduct by their sales force.

n Meanwhile, two major colleges and a nationally prominent university hospital retained us for investigations of

hazing, financial misconduct, and abuse allegations.

For each of these matters we fielded teams of experienced former prosecutors and criminal defense counsel who

are passionate about defending our clients and achieving the best possible outcomes. At our clients’ direction,

we followed the evidence, wherever it led, all over the world.

We also represented clients in litigation ancillary to criminal prosecutions. For example, last year, on behalf of our

client Redflex, we settled a lawsuit with the City of Chicago. Two former company representatives and a City Hall

official had been convicted on federal corruption charges. Related to the criminal trials, in which we did not play a

part, the City sought $360 million in civil damages from Redflex. After months of negotiations, our client settled

the civil action for $20 million, paid out over six years, and was commended by the City for its cooperation in the

underlying investigation.

We’ve had ample opportunity to do what we do best: help our clients evaluate, understand, and stop misconduct

within their own organizations, or vigorously and relentlessly mount our clients’ best defense to quite serious

charges by the government.

Two New and Important Practice Capabilities

Our new Antitrust and Competition Law team is led by our long-time friend and partner, Greg Curtner. Greg

frequently serves as lead counsel in nationwide antitrust disputes and class actions for clients in a wide range of

industries. Greg is perhaps best known for representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in

a host of challenging matters. He and his team have a broad practice that ranges across federal and state courts

and agencies.

Our Business Transactions practice is led by one of the nation’s premier finance and transactions lawyers, Joseph

McCoy. Its 13 members offer sound strategic advice for public and private companies on financings, real estate

transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. As with the rest of RSHC, they have a national practice and have

closed deals in more than two dozen states.

And while we don’t have enough space to go into details about every practice capability, we have other great

practice areas such as: Appellate, Higher Education, Insurance Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor and

Employment Counseling and Litigation, and Risk, Reputation and Crisis Management. We invite you to visit our


In short, in just over 22 months, we have more than tripled in size. Our 68 lawyers include 34 partners,

29 associates, and five of counsel, spread across four offices in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Ann Arbor.

A law firm built for clients.®


“…we followed the evidence, wherever it led, all over the world.”

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Best Lawyers also ranks law

firms. In our first 22 months,

Best Lawyers placed us among

the leading firms in Chicago and

the nation.

For 2018, our firm ranked:

Tier 1 (National)

n Mass Tort Litigation/Class


Tier 1 (Chicago)

n Commercial Litigation

n Criminal Defense: White Collar

n Mass Tort Litigation/Class


n Product Liability Litigation-


Tier 2 (National)

n Appellate Practice

Tier 2 (Chicago)

n Appellate Practice


We are humbled by the recognition we have received for outstanding

performance in a field of so many exceptionally talented peers.

In its 2017 and 2018 reports, Best Lawyers in America ranked eight of our

partners (one-quarter of our partnership) among the nation’s leading

practitioners. Last year, Bob Riley and Ron Safer both received highly coveted

Lawyer of the Year (Chicago) rankings for, respectively, their Product Liability

and White Collar defense practices.

This year, Best Lawyers named Matt Fischer a Lawyer of the Year (Chicago)

for his Mass Torts defense work. Also named Best Lawyers were partners Joe

Cancila, Patricia Brown Holmes, Matt Crowl, Tom Quinn, and Jeff Williams.

Super Lawyers, another ratings organization that polls the private bar for

their opinions about the lawyers they meet in practice, also placed eight of

our partners (one-third of our partnership) on its Illinois list. Joining Cancila,

Crowl, Fischer, Holmes, and Safer on this list were Heidi Dalenberg, Valarie

Hays, and Josh Lee. And in our San Francisco office, Super Lawyers saluted

partner Steve Hankins and his IP practice and listed partner Sarah Youngblood-

Bates and associate Lance Cidre as “Rising Stars.”

Leading Lawyers, a long standing Illinois legal and business information

resource, surveys thousands of peer lawyers to recognize top lawyers in their

fields in each state. Less than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed in each state

are eligible for membership. Leading Lawyers named 18 RSHC partners and of

For 2017, our firm ranked:

Tier 1 (Chicago)

n Commercial Litigation

n Criminal Defense: White Collar

n Mass Tort Litigation/Class


n Product Liability Litigation-


Tier 2 (Chicago)

n Appellate Practice

Tier 3 (National)

n Appellate Practice

n Mass Tort Litigation/Class


A law firm built for clients.®


Our 21 Founding Partners

counsel as Illinois Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers, including Kevin Byrne, Joe Cancila, Ed Casmere, Matt

Crowl, Greg Curtner, Heidi Dalenberg, Matt Fischer, Jim Gaughan, Valarie Hays, Sondra Hemeryck, Patricia

Brown Holmes, Nick Kahlon, Josh Lee, Joseph McCoy, Bob Riley, Ron Safer, and Tom Quinn. Emerging Lawyers

is another distinction awarded by Leading Lawyers to less than two percent of all lawyers licensed in each state

under the age of 40. Seven RSHC partners and associates were recognized, including Debra Bone, Tal Chaiken,

Taylor Corbitt, Jake Kahn, Laura Kleinman, Merili Seale, and Brian Watson.

Chambers & Partners, a London-headquartered ratings service, bases its rankings on the opinions of corporate

clients. They rated three of our partners—Ron Safer, Patricia Brown Holmes, and Matt Crowl—among the best

litigators in Chicago. We’ll let the clients speak for themselves:

n Regarding Safer: “He can do everything at a high level,” one client told Chambers. Said another, “he’s the guy

I’d hire if I was in trouble.”

n Regarding Holmes: “Outstanding.” She can “navigate clients through problems that have not only a judicial

but also legislative and executive branch elements.”

n Regarding Crowl: For criminal and regulatory matters, “a great lawyer.”

Besides our peers, we have also been judged in the media. The business and trade press have favorably covered

our opening and our expansion. Chicago Lawyer magazine chose our partner Patricia Brown Holmes as its

“Person of the Year” for 2016. Calling hers “a year of consequence,” the magazine honored her for a splendid

public-private career that featured most recently her appointment as special prosecutor investigating an alleged

cover-up of a police shooting and, yes, starting a new law firm at the same time. Above the Law named us “Best

Firm to Salvage Your Reputation in a Crisis:” “When your reputation is on the line, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

is the firm you want in your corner.”



In December 2017, Patricia Brown Holmes and Joseph McCoy were recognized in Crain’s Chicago Business

as two of Chicago’s Most Influential Minority Lawyers for their impressive achievements and dedication to

diversity initiatives.

We value diversity in all its forms and are taking positive steps to reflect the type of diversity our clients’ desire

and the profession needs. We are also well aware, however, that the statistics in our profession are abysmal.

Women account for half the students in law school but fewer than one in five of the partners in private law firms.

The number of minority law students is falling, and their professional success in the private bar is distressingly

rare—they account for barely one in twenty law firm partners.

From the start, we were determined to do better. One-third of our founding partners are women; one is an

African American woman whose name is on the door—Patricia Brown Holmes. We cannot find another large

law firm that has done the same. As we write, 38 percent of our current partners are women, and 32 percent are

members of minority groups. Across the firm, 50 percent of our lawyers are women, and 31 percent are racially

diverse. We don’t just have goals, we have demonstrated results.

Experience teaches that we will deliver more creative and effective solutions to our clients’ problems by working

in diverse groups. Our lawyers share superb academic records and professional experience, but they also bring

a great variety of different perspectives and life experiences to the table.

Our clients recognize the inherent value of diversity, and they ask for diverse teams. They want great lawyers

who mirror their own diverse organizations and business partners. We are committed to making it happen.

Finally, we value diversity for its own sake and for our sake. We’re energized and inspired by working closely with

people who are not all the same. We are fully committed to proving that diverse teams are simply better—better

for our clients, better for our communities, better for results, and better for us.

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Meeting Our Commitments

RSHC lawyers serve their communities in

many ways, including volunteers and leaders in

organizations that make our communities better

and stronger. The following is a representative

list of the many organizations in which our

lawyers are actively involved:

ACLU of Illinois

All Stars Project Development School for Youth

Black Women Lawyers’ Association

Chicago Bar Foundation

Chicago Committee on Minorities

in Large Law Firms

Chicago Urban League

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Chicago Youth Centers

Civic Consulting Alliance

Commercial Club of Chicago

Community Development Commission

Cook County Bar Association

Dominican Bar Association

Housing Choice Partners

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation

Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization

LaRabida Children’s Hospital

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Leadership Greater Chicago

Legacy Charter School

Legal Aid Society

National Bar Association

National Filipino American Lawyers Association

Northwestern University Pritzker

School of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center

on Wrongful Convictions

Partnership for College Completion

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Raphael House

Rush Health System

Sikh Coalition

Sinai Health Systems


Urban Prep Academies

Vassar College

YMCA of San Francisco

Pro Bono and Public Service

From day one, we committed ourselves to doing important

pro bono and public service work in our communities. We

have sought to correct miscarriages of justice, provide access

to justice, and hold accountable those who appear to have

abused their official positions.

We have worked as both defenders and prosecutors, and

on matters of local and national interest. Our lawyers have

helped free the wrongfully convicted; challenged the effort to

punish “sanctuary” cities; led a special grand jury investigating

allegations of a police cover-up.

Some of this work involves highly controversial matters. All our

clients—public and private, paying and pro bono—can rely on

RSHC to stand up for them when the heat is on.

Wrongful Convictions

n In November 2017, Ron Safer led a team of RSHC lawyers that

won the exoneration of Arthur Brown, a person who served 29

years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

n Ryan Poscablo, Sandy Musumeci, and Brian Neff represented

a severely developmentally disabled teenager in Newark, New

Jersey, who was wrongfully arrested for allegedly robbing a

retired police officer jogging in a park more than a mile from

the teenager’s home. After receiving a desperate call from the

school counselor, RSHC investigated, advocated zealously on

our client’s behalf, and ultimately the case was dismissed in its


n In February 2017, Ron Safer was part of a team of Chicago

lawyers that won the release of the “Marquette Four,” four

then-teenagers who were coerced into confessing to a murder

in 1995 that they did not commit. Those four also served 22

years in prison.

A law firm built for clients.®


“All our clients… can rely on RSHC to stand up for them when

the heat is on.”

n We are pursuing a new trial, based on new evidence, for a former Indiana police officer serving an 80-year

sentence for homicide and arson convictions. After a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh

Circuit denied our appeal, we petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for relief. In a highly unusual statement,

three Seventh Circuit judges urged the high court to take this case because of the “unusually strong

evidence” of the officer’s innocence.

n In April 2016, Ron Safer and a team of RSHC lawyers greeted Eddie Bolden after he was released from prison

after serving 22 years for a drug-related murder he did not commit. Safer had worked for six years to win

Bolden’s release.

Sometimes a photo is all the recognition we’d ever need. Pictured here: Our friend and colleague Eddie Bolden embracing

our partner Ron Safer just after Bolden was released from prison.

Serving as Special Prosecutor

n In July 2016, the presiding judge of Cook County Criminal Court appointed Patricia Brown Holmes as special

prosecutor to investigate an alleged cover-up following the police shooting of a 17-year-old in Chicago.

After a tape of the incident was released, street protests roiled the city, and authorities filed murder charges

against the police officer who shot Laquan McDonald. When Holmes was appointed, she spoke of “the grave

responsibility” she had to the public. Thus far, her investigation has led to the indictment of one current and two

former police officers on felony obstruction of justice charges for which she has the complete burden of proof

at trial. Kelly Warner and Brian Watson, among other RSHC lawyers, are assisting Holmes as the criminal case

continues to trial.



n In May 2016, partner Jim

Gaughan and associates Tal

Chaiken and Eli Litoff received

awards for Excellence in Pro

Bono and Public Interest

Service from the U.S. District

Court for the Northern

District of Illinois and the

Chicago chapter of the

Federal Bar Association. They

were recognized for their

efforts on behalf of Bryan

Adams, a diabetic inmate

who was forced to live on a

diet of fast food every day for

lunch and pizza most days for

dinner while awaiting trial for

more than two years.

n In October 2017, the Chicago

Bar Foundation and Chicago

Bar Association presented

Ron Safer with the prestigious

Justice John Paul Stevens

Award for his decades of

public service. This award

recognizes his work as a

courageous Assistant United

States Attorney and as a

relentless criminal defense

lawyer who has helped free

many wrongfully convicted

people from prison.


Eight of our lawyers from three offices have been involved in efforts to ensure the

federal government’s immigration policies are consistent with the Constitution.

n In September 2017, the RSHC team, working alongside lawyers from another

large firm, persuaded U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to enter a nationwide

injunction enjoining the U.S. Attorney General from imposing numerous conditions

on federal funding in an effort to deny funding to Chicago and other so-called

“sanctuary” cities. The Attorney General has appealed the Court’s order, and Riley

Safer Holmes & Cancila will continue fighting for Chicago in the Seventh Circuit.

n Throughout 2017, RSHC worked on behalf of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and

other cities and counties to file amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United

States and other federal courts challenging the current administration’s Executive

Orders suspending entry from certain Muslim-majority countries. After the

challengers obtained injunctions enjoining the Orders, the administration revised

the restrictions. The revised restrictions are now being challenged.

n Mishan Wroe, Erin Gasparka, and Yakov Wiegmann successfully represented the

ACLU and UC Hastings in a lawsuit against ICE to compel it to comply with a FOIA

request for documents showing the treatment of asylum seekers in detention.

n In October 2016, RSHC sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

agency on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California,

seeking the release of information on the agency’s treatment of asylum seekers.

Additional Pro Bono Work

n Heidi Dalenberg presently serves as co-counsel with the ACLU of Illinois

representing children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and

Family Services in B.H. v. Walker. The plaintiff children sued for violation of their

constitutional and other rights, alleging that Illinois was failing to provide them

with even minimally adequate care. The Department entered into a Consent

Decree more than 20 years ago promising reform, and proceedings to enforce the

B.H. Decree are active and ongoing to this day.

n A group of RSHC lawyers, Dave Resnicoff, Kate Stimeling, Ryan Poscablo, and

Nathan Howze, advised and represented the non-profit group, March to Action,

LLC, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that coalesced to provide free

transportation to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington in

January 2017. The RSHC team advised the group about corporate formation and

liability issues, and March to Action successfully and historically provided bus

services for 150 women to and from the March.

n Meghan McMeel and Ed Casmere negotiated and crafted a donor agreement that

allowed a same-sex couple to secure the ability to attempt in vitr o fertilization and

defined parental rights.

n Josh Lee and Ed Casmere negotiated and settled a commercial dispute for a small

not-for-profit homeowners’ association.

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We recognize that none of the foregoing would have been possible without the support of friends and clients

receiving this report. As we charge forward into our next year, we need to stop for a moment and say:


We are grateful for your confidence and your trust. It is an immense responsibility and challenge that we

welcome, and one we will continue to work hard every day to earn.


Joseph A. Cancila, Jr.

Edward Casmere

Taylor Corbitt

Matthew C. Crowl

Gregory L. Curtner

Heidi Dalenberg

Leslie D. Davis

Matthew J. Fischer

James P. Gaughan

Stephen M. Hankins

Valarie Hays

Sondra A. Hemeryck

Joy L. Anderson

Deborah Bone

Valerie H. Brummel

Kevin J. Byrne*

Tal Chaiken

Lance Cidre

Anna A. Dwyer

Sarah E. Finch

Erin Gasparka

Nathan Howze

Stephanie F. Jones

Alissa Kelso

Patricia Brown Holmes

Craig D. Jeffrey

Nick Kahlon

Jacob Kahn

Joshua D. Lee

Alison L. Maddeford

Joseph Q. McCoy

Sandra L. Musumeci

Rodney Perry

Ryan P. Poscablo

Thomas B. Quinn

Associates and Of Counsel

Matthew Kennison

Laura Kleinman

Susan R. Koci*

Josh Kurtzman

Kristi Lemanski

Susan Lichtenstein*

Eli Litoff

Eliberty Lopez

Layla Dotson Lumpkin

Patricia Mathy

Meghan McMeel

David H. Resnicoff

Robert H. Riley

Ronald S. Safer

Mariangela (Merili) Seale

Drahcir Marie Smith

Kate Stimeling

Kelly M. Warner

Brian O’Connor Watson

Yakov Wiegmann

Jeffrey R. Williams

Sarah Youngblood-Bates

Riley R. Moyer

Erich P. Nathe

Brian J. Neff*

Kevin M. O’Hara

Simone A. Randolph

Kevin Reidy

Dennis Santoni

Emily K. Spade

Cheryl D. S. Walker*

Michael W. Ward

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Our 21 Founding Partners in red. | * Of Counsel | December 2017

A law firm built for clients.®



70 W. Madison Street

Suite 2900

Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312.471.8700

Fax: 312.471.8701

San Francisco

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16 th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104

Office: 415.275.8550

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New York

1330 Avenue of the Americas

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New York, NY 10019

Office: 212.660.1000

Fax: 212.660.1001

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Suite 402

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Office: 734.773.4900

Fax: 734.773.4901

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