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Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

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Managing Partner: Patricia Brown Holmes
Number of partners:
37 Number of lawyers: 84

Firm Overview:
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) is a service-oriented and technologically sophisticated national law firm of trial lawyers and transactional attorneys. The partnership features respected leaders in their respective fields. Through its five offices across the United States, RSHC lawyers have taken hundreds of cases to trial and have handled more than $500m in lending transactions.

Main Areas of Practice & Exemplar of Recent Matters:

■ Lead counsel in defense of aircraft manufacturer arising out of U.S. and foreign commercial airline accidents
■ Lead defense counsel on behalf of component suppliers involving U.S. and foreign General Aviation and helicopter accidents, including 12 wrongful death and 2 injury cases involving Cessna crash in Guatemala

Animal Law:
■ Nationwide practice in animal law for organizations and individuals
■ Litigation, legislative drafting, education, and consultation on legal issues regarding animals in society; authors of major treatises

Antitrust & Competition Law:
■ Counsel to national athletic association
■ Recent matters include successfully litigating one- year-in-residence eligibility rule in 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; defending multiple head trauma claims; and defending association in Hawaii’s Supreme Court regarding bowl game certification

■ Brief and argue appeals in virtually every federal appellate circuit, including United States Supreme Court and state appellate courts
■ Recent victories include obtaining reversal of class certification decision involving tens of thousands of members, trial court directed to dismiss complaint; affirmance of dismissal of novel ‘negligent product liability’ theory based on patent licensing

Business Transactons:
■ Counsel venture capital and private equity companies in all facets of business, including M&A transactions, equity investments, and portfolio company support
■ Handle sophisticated syndicated, construction, and acquisition financings on behalf of national institutional lenders
■ Advise companies on airport concession matters

Class Actions:
■ Defend dozens of class actions across nation involving myriad industries (e.g., insurance, consumer products, airlines, manufacturers) and claims (e.g., contract, statutory fraud, TCPA, RICO, MSPA, warranty, products)
■ Illustrative recent wins include accomplishing dismissals of RICO and contract class actions for leading airline and defeating series of Medicare Secondary Payer Act class actions against leading insurer
■ Negotiate and accomplish several class settlements under terms favorable to clients

Commercial Litigation:
■ Represent domestic and international companies in breach of contract, dealer/distribution disputes, partnership/joint venture disputes, business torts, civil RICO, securities fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty actions
■ Victories include summary judgment in transshipment dispute with nationwide implications; successful challenge to the constitutionality of dealer protection statute; obtaining defense verdict against $300m lender-liability claim; resolving false advertising class actions and mass tort litigation threatening brand equity of international consumer products company

■ Assist clients with privacy and breach preparedness, including policy drafting and simulations
■ Investigate and report potential data breach incidents involving clients and third-party vendors’ breaches ■ Litigate matters arising from breaches

Higher Education:
■ Represent institutions in Title IX, class action, intellectual property, and other litigation
■ Independent investigator of complaints of sexual assault/harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and misconduct
■ Draft and negotiate engineering, project management, and construction-related agreements

Insurance Litigation:
■ Defend insurers in class actions nationally, and in high-stakes bad faith litigation, and sensitive internal and government investigations
■ Defeated preliminary injunction in action alleging raid of competitor’s employees

Intellectual Property:
■ Defend $50B Global 200 tech company with multiple no-pay results in ITC and federal courts
■ Launch enforcement actions leading to injunctions, lost profits and/or design-around remedies, including equitable relief during pandemic, for medical device manufacturer
■ Obtain injunction in trade secret case for major pharmaceutical company; force copycat off market after filing suit in copyright case

Labor & Employment Counseling & Litigation:
■ Counsel companies on wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, and separation issues
■ Provide sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training and counseling
■ Litigate claims based on protected class status

Products, Environmental, & Mass Tort Litigation:
■ Trial, settlement, and national coordinating counsel in mass tort and catastrophic injury cases arising from product and environmental exposures
■ Implement pre-litigation risk avoidance and reduction strategies
■ Advise clients at all stages of product life cycle

Risk, Reputation, & Crisis Management:
■ Counsel organizations and individuals through crises arising from Congressional, federal, state, and local investigations, administrative actions, whistleblower allegations, civil actions, and media reports
■ Design and evaluate crisis management protocols, and conduct crisis readiness exercises for Boards and management teams

White Collar Defense, Investigations, & Compliance:
■ Represent publicly and privately held organizations, higher education institutions, corporate executives, and government officials, in criminal and civil investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FDA, in matters involving securities and healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act/qui tam actions, antitrust, and environmental matters
■ Obtain dismissals, declinations, non-prosecution agreements, and jury verdicts, including recent dismissal of complex wire fraud indictment after jury deadlocked
■ Perform internal investigations of alleged employee misconduct; counsel companies through voluntary disclosure decisions
■ Design, implement, and evaluate corporate compliance programs; perform global anti-bribery/ anti-corruption compliance assessments; perform pre-monitorships in the course of government investigations



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