Robert H. Riley



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Bob Riley’s favorite question is, “What’s next?” This law firm is our answer to that question. We are a law firm built for clients.

Bob is a courtroom presence.  He has tried an array of complex, high-stakes cases and has argued appeals in state and federal courts across the country. He has focused his practice on product liability and mass torts, class actions and general commercial litigation. Having chaired a major law firm for almost a decade, he also understands what it takes to exceed client expectations on an institutional level.

Bob’s appellate work has been wide-ranging and has given rise to over forty reported decisions concerning trial consolidations, punitive damages, civil conspiracy, class certification and constitutional interpretation. He litigated mass tort and property damage cases following the events of 9/11 in New York City.

When he is not in the courtroom, Bob helps clients manage the risks associated with high stakes litigation. He has spent decades creating and implementing national litigation strategies and helping public companies deal with their disclosure obligations concerning significant litigation problems.

  • Education

      • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1978, Hinton Moot Court Champion
      • Denison University, B.A., 1975, with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • Wisconsin
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • State Bar of Wisconsin

    Honors & Awards

    • 2017 Chicago Product Liability Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®
    • 2016 Chicago Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®

    • The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants (2008-2017) and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2017), Best Lawyers®

    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2006-2008, 2010, 2012-2015)

    • Litigation Star, Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation (2009, 2012-2013)

    • Who's Who in Chicago Business 2012: Law, Crain's Chicago Business

    • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, Martindale­Hubbell (Since 1997)

    Speeches & Presentations

    • Mr. Riley has chaired numerous national conferences and made dozens of presentations concerning trial techniques and substantive questions regarding trial practice, mass torts and product liability law.