For over twenty years, Michael Riley represented the State of New Jersey. From 1983 to 1999, he served as Burlington County’s First Assistant Prosecutor. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising the legal and investigative divisions; conducting labor negotiations and preparing budget proposals. Mr. Riley was the lead trial attorney responsible for trying over forty murder trials, nine of which were capital murder trials. He was the founding Chair of Domestic Violence Working Group, Director of the Narcotics Task Force and Coordinator of the County Task Forces.
In private practice, he has handled many high profile criminal and civil cases. He has been responsible for defending Equal Employment Opportunity claims and Section 1983 Actions. His work has also included serving a public defender for North Hanover Township, Palmyra Township, and Moorestown Township.
Mr. Riley also handles litigation matters for the City of Atlantic City. The cases deal with Civil Rights Actions, Equal Employment Opportunity claims, Section 1983 Actions, CEPA Claims, workplace discrimination, excessive force claims, slip and fall, and automobile accidents.
Mr. Riley is currently an attorney representing the Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority and the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority. This representation involves property easement issues, civil cases involving damages to homeowners properties, claims alleging MUA negligence, personnel and employment issues, engagement with and participation in special projects involving energy and water resource issues.
Mr. Riley's role as Special Counsel with the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority includes maintaining local representation and facilitator for discovery and liaison to outside counsel Sher Edling, LLP in litigation involving the FAA.
The Atlantic City Board of Education appointed the firm as Solicitor and Labor Attorney in July of 2016. In this capacity, Mr. Riley handles litigation and reports to the Board on legal matters.
His associations include President, Burlington County Bar Association (1991-1992), National District Attorney Association, Association of Government Attorneys, Capital Litigation, Camden Inn of Court, Master. He has also been AV rated, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Riley has received recognition from the following: United States House of Representatives, Joint Legislative Resolution by the Senate and General Assembly, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the New Jersey State Police, Widener University School of Law, South Jersey Magazine. Mr. Riley is AV Peer-Reviewed Rated.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Riley has been teaching for over thirty years. He has taught Advanced Forensic Evidence, Trial Methods, and Intensive Trial Advocacy at Widener University School of Law. Mr. Riley has also taught with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School and Hofstra Law School.
He received his law degree from Villanova Law School, M.A. in Public Administration and B.A. degree from Oklahoma University.
Mr. Riley is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, United States Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court of New Jersey and Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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