I am an attorney and partner in the law firm of O'Connell & Riley in Pearl River, N.Y and also Montvale, N.J. I help my personal clients in the areas of estate planning, elder law planning, and personal injury matters.
I have been an Adjunct Professor in estate planning, elder planning, and financial planning at Pace University in White Plains since 1992 and I also serve as an Adjunct Professor in Public Education Law at Long Island University.
I have been rated "very high to pre-eminent" (Av) by my fellow attorneys in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory and I have been recognized in the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Attorneys and Who's Who In American Law. I am very proud of my "Superb" Avvo rating (10.0) and "Superlawyer" designations which are both based upon more than 30 years of dedicated service to my clients.
My work as an attorney is based upon my deep and sincere desire to help people.
James K. Riley Attends NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp
Experts Share Information on Elder and Disability Law Trends
Pearl River, NY–James K. Riley of the O’Connell & Riley in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ attended the NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp held from November 8-9, 2011 in Boston. This two-day workshop was part of theNational Aging and Law Institute, a conference hosted by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and co-sponsored by the National Aging and Law Conference (NALC). The National Aging & Law Institute is intended to equip elder and special needs law attorneys and other advocates in law and aging with the resources and information to better serve today’s clients. The NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp is taught by Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) and is designed for experienced practitioners.
The NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp covered topics such as:
· Appeal Process: Requirements for Application,
· Housing/Residents Rights Advocacy,
· Insurance and Annuities,
· Employment, Age and Disability Discrimination,
· Employment and Retirement,
· Public Benefits; Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and VA,
· Fiduciary Representation,
· Legal Capacity Counseling,
· Health and Personal Care Planning,
· Pre/Post Mortem Tax Planning,
· Litigation and Administrative Advocacy,
· Special Needs Counseling, and
· How to take the CELA Exam.
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.
About Elder and Special Needs Law
Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1971
James Riley is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2010|
|Probono Legal Services Award||Rockland County Bar Association||2009|
|Bar Register Member with Firm||Bar Register||2007|
|Who's Who in American Attorneys||Who's Who in American Law||2007|
|Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow||Rotary International/Rotary Club of Pearl River, NY||2000|
|Citizen of the Year (With Partner Thomas O'Connell)||Our Town Newspaper/Town of Orangetown, NY||2000|
|Accredited Estate Planner||National Association of Estate Planning Councils||2000|
|Certified Financial Planner||National Institute of Certified Financial Planners||1991|
|Av Rating--"Very High to Pre-eminent Attorney"||Martindale Hubbell and Lawyers.com||1990|
|Town Attorney||Town of Orangetown||1996 - 2004|
|Attorney||O'Connell & Riley Attorneys At Law||1978 - Present|
|Attorney||Amend & Amend||1974 - 1978|
|Assistant District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney/ County of Rockland||1974 - 1975|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Member House of Delegates||2012 - 2013|
|Rockland County Bar Association||Member Board of Directors||2011 - 2012|
|Pace University, Pleasantville, NY||Adjunct Associate Professor/Education Law||2010 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2007 - Present|
|Long Island University||Adjunct Associate Professor/Education Law||2004 - Present|
|Woodstock Business Ethics Program||Member||1998 - Present|
|Rockland County Bar Association||President||1997 - 1998|
|Professional organizations and associations||Member||1992 - Present|
|Pace University||Adjunct Instructor/Estate and Financial Planning||1992 - Present|
|Rockland County Bar Association||N/A||1982 - 1988|
|New York State Association of School Attorneys||Member||1979 - Present|
|Rockland Community College||Adjunct Instructor Business Law||1974 - 1978|
|American Bar Association||Member||1971 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1971 - Present|
|Rockland County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Azoy v.Fowler/ New York Appellate Court/ 57 A.D. 2d 541||The Appellate Court on appeal ruled that my client prevailed in her right to a jury trial on the alleged fraudulent conduct of the executor of the estate..|
|New York State Bar Journal||A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity||1998|
|Rutgers University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1970|
|2015 Annual Conference New York State Bar Association||Legal Planning for Clients--Hot Topics From The Experts||2015|
|National Business Institute||Due Process and Special Education Law||2014|
|Lawfully Manage Student Records||Lawfully Manage Student Records Under F.E.R.P.A. and Protection of Pupil Rights||2014|
|Annual Meeting NY State Bar Asociation||Traditional Areas of Law||2014|
|NBI Seminar White Plains, NY||Special Education Law||2013|
|NBI National Webinar||Estate Planning||2013|
|NBI White Plains, NY||Estate Litigation||2013|
|Newburgh, NY||Estate Administration and Estate Litigation||2012|
|Hudson Valley Conference on Special Education and Special Needs||Special Education and Special Needs Law||2012|
|Estate Administration Program||Estate Administration||2012|
|Law For Public Libraries in 2011||Law For Public Libraries In 2011||2011|
|Sex Bias Probe in Colleges' Selections||Role of Gender in College Admissions||2010|