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Joshua Riley

Washington, DC

t: 202.274.1146
f: 202.237.6131
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Areas of Practice



Class Actions

Crisis Management and Government Response


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (top 10% of graduating class), 2007; Dean’s Award for Community Leadership

College of William & Mary, B.A., summa cum laude, Government, 2003


Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw, United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit, 2009-2010


District of Columbia


New York

Joshua Riley is Counsel in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he advises clients on issues at the intersection of law and public policy.

Mr. Riley rejoined the Firm in 2014, following a three-year stint as General Counsel to Senator Al Franken on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.  In that capacity, Mr. Riley led negotiations of legislative text, drafted keynote speeches and floor statements, organized Committee hearings, and provided advice on matters and votes pending before the Committee and the full Senate.  His portfolio covered a wide range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, campaign finance, criminal justice, and the Federal Arbitration Act. Mr. Riley’s Capitol Hill experience also includes his time as a Law Clerk on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee staff and as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Maurice Hinchey of Upstate New York.  Mr. Riley has worked on successful political campaigns, and he spent a year as a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor before attending law school.

Mr. Riley’s practice builds upon his experience in the political arena and includes the following:

  • providing clients with strategic advice on public policy proposals and the legislative process;
  • assisting clients in responding to congressional inquiries and representing clients in congressional investigations;
  • providing speechwriting and other strategic communications services;
  • litigating high-profile cases with important public policy implications, including lawsuits brought to enforce consumer protection, civil rights, anti-terrorism, and wage and hour statutes; and
  • drafting appellate and amicus briefs in cases before federal and state courts of appeals and supreme courts.

In addition, Mr. Riley has successfully represented clients in complex commercial disputes, formulating litigation strategies, drafting case-critical briefs, taking depositions, and arguing motions.

Mr. Riley is a member of the Leadership Council of Gifts for the Homeless, and he is a guest instructor at his undergraduate alma mater.

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