Patricia Brown Holmes

by LP Green, II
Patricia Brown Holmes
Managing Partner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Patricia Brown Holmes is the first African-American woman to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned.


Patricia has practiced law on both sides of the bench in courtrooms at every level, serving as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, assistant U.S. attorney, assistant state’s attorney for Cook County, and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for Municipal Prosecutions for the city of Chicago.


Patricia is one of a handful of Illinois lawyers who have tried cases in state, city, and federal court as well as state appellate, federal appellate, and Illinois Supreme Court.


Patricia has represented a wide range of public and private corporate clients in complex commercial, regulatory, and class action litigation as well as in internal investigations.


Patricia served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is a past President of the CBA, and has served in a variety of appointed positions such as the Special Prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald matter, the Trustee of Burr Oak Cemetery, and as co-chair of the Judicial Selection Commission for the USDC for the NDIL.

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