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Two years after its formation, Schiff Hardin spinoff Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila has elected former judge and co-founding partner Patricia Brown Holmes as its first managing partner.

A vote last week at Riley Safer officially made Holmes its new leader, a move that could also make her the first African-American woman to head a national firm that is not minority- or women-owned.

“To be the first to shatter the glass ceiling, I think, is an enormous responsibility,” Holmes said. “But I’m hopeful that what it means is that fairly soon, in the next five to 10 years, it’s commonplace.”

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Meghan Tribe

Meghan Tribe is a reporter covering the changing face of Big Law, from lateral moves and work-from-home programs to diversity initiatives. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @TribeMeghan

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