Robert H. Riley serves as Chairman of the firm, is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, and is co-leader of the Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group.
Mr. Riley has an active trial practice, having successfully tried cases and argued appeals across the country. His primary focus is on product liability and complex personal injury litigation, but he has handled a wide range of commercial litigation matters through trial and appeal. He has played the lead role in our firm's successful defense of personal injury and property damage claims against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, including large consolidations and nationwide class actions.
He also has defended individual and class action product liability suits involving a wide range of industrial equipment and consumer products, including:
- Car seats
- Children's swings
- Window coverings
- Automotive equipment
- Glass containers
- Packaging equipment
- Child resistant closures
- Gas grills
- Drinking glasses
- Gas heaters
Mr. Riley's practice is national in scope. He has appeared at trial in state and federal courts throughout the country, including Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Oregon, Florida, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the District of Columbia. His New York trial work served as the catalyst for opening our firm's New York office.
Mr. Riley's appellate experience is extensive. He has argued before:
- The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits
- The Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals of Illinois
- The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- The Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals of Ohio
- The Supreme Court of Oregon
- The New York Court of Appeals
- The Maryland Court of Appeals
- The Florida Court of Appeals
- The Minnesota Court of Appeals
- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Mr. Riley's appellate work has resulted in 48 reported decisions, including ground-breaking rulings in the areas of civil conspiracy, punitive damages, class certification, mass tort case management and constitutional interpretation.