Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Commissioner Trisha M. Rich has been named to the “Top 50 Women in Law” list by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony on June 30, 2021.
Rich is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Chicago and New York offices where her practice focuses on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters and complex commercial litigation. She has served on the Commission on Professionalism since 2017.
“On behalf of the Commission on Professionalism, I would like to congratulate Trisha on this well-deserved honor,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “Through her work at the Commission, Holland & Knight, the Attorney Defense Initiative, and beyond, Trisha is a leader in advancing the ideals of professionalism, civility, and integrity in the law.”
Since 2020, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine have highlighted 50 influential women in law at the annual “Salute! Women in Law Awards Celebration.” Rich was selected from more than 400 nominees for her work to mentor and promote other women in the profession, success in the legal community, and leadership.
Rich is a national leader in the legal ethics community. She is the national co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Legal Profession Team and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She also serves as the Deputy Professional Responsibility Partner for the firm’s Chicago office.
Rich founded and coordinates the Attorney Defense Initiative, the nation’s first privately sponsored pro bono program assisting impaired lawyers facing disciplinary charges. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is a member of the Ethics Commission of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
She currently teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.
Rich has been named to the Crain’s Chicago “40 Under 40” list, Law Bulletin Media’s “Forty Under 40 Illinois Lawyers to Watch,” and was named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. She also received the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award.
About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism was established by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism, and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit 2Civility.org and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.
Laura Bagby, Communications Director