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William Edward Riley IV

William Edward Riley IV

also known as Ed Riley

About me

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Law

  • Driving While Intoxicated

  • Traffic Violations

  • Personal Injury



  • Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia



  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1991

  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1987




W. Edward Riley, IV is a trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Virginia, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Riley has dedicated his entire career to successfully practicing criminal and traffic defense.


Mr. Riley has tried over 150 jury trials in federal and state courts across the Commonwealth, holds the highest national legal rating with Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized by his peers as one of the Legal Elite as published by Virginia Business Magazine, and has been selected for inclusion in 2009 Virginia Super Lawyers.  He has appeared on WTVR CBS News Channel 6 and in the Richmond Times- Dispatch, as well as other media outlets, as a criminal law commentator for high profile criminal cases, and has lectured on criminal law, DUI law, and traffic law to other lawyers and judges over the last decade.


Mr. Riley's involvement within the legal community is extensive. Currently, he serves on the Virginia Trial Lawyer Association's (VTLA) Board of Governors, is Co-Chairman of its publication committee, and is a Member of both their CLE and Amicus committees. Mr. Riley is Chairman of the Virginia Fair Trial Project, a Member of the Virginia State Bar's specially created Indigent Defense Task Force, and a Member of the Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Hassell's Indigent Defense Training Initiative. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Virginia Criminal Justice Commission and is the legislative liaison between the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Formerly, Mr. Riley served on the VACDL's Board of Directors, was the past Chairman of VTLA's Criminal Law Section, and served on its Legislative Committee, Litigation Support Committee, Death Penalty Committee, and Young Lawyers Leadership Committee.




  • Virginia State Bar

  • National College for DUI Defense (Sustaining Member)

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association



  • Named One of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine

  • Named One of Richmond's "Top 40 Under Forty" by Inside Business Magazine

  • Named One of Virginia's Super Lawyers 2009 by Law & Politics


Continuing Legal Education:

  • Speaker, "I Feel the Need for Speed!" Practice in Traffic Court

            Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, November 2008

  • The Art of Persuasion: Painting Powerful Images In DUI Cases

  • Speaker, "How to Defend the DUI," 4th Annual Public Defender Seminar, April  2008

  • 4th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner

  • Speaker, "DUI and other Serious Traffic Defenses: Recent Updates and Defenses"

            VTLA: Annual Criminal Law Seminar, September 2006

  • Speaker, "A Traffic Law Update," VTLA Annual Criminal Law Seminar, September 2004

  • Speaker, "Experts on DUI: What Works and What Doesn't Work"

            VACDL Spring Meeting and Seminar May 2004


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 15%
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. Car Accidents: 5%



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Contact info

RILEY & WELLS - Attorneys-At-Law

2201 Libbie Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23230

P.O. Box 176
Hanover, VA, 23069

P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield County, VA, 23832



VAAuthorized to practice law199109/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Virginia Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2009
Virginia Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2008
Certificate of CompletionNational College for DUI Defense2008
Virginia Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2003
Top 40 Under 40Style Weekly2002
Sustaining MemberNational College for DUI Defense1998
AV Rated AttorneyMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBoone, Beale, Cosby & Long1991 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseSustaining MemberN/A
Virginia Criminal Justice CommissionMemberN/A
Virginia Fair Trial ProjectChairmanN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Publication CommitteeCo-chairN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law SectionPast ChairmanN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, CLE CommitteeMemberN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae CommitteeMemberN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember, Former Board MemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Richmond Criminal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Supreme Court of VirginiaEllis Lorenzo Miles v. Commonwealth of Virginia2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseDUICertificate of Completion-Summer Session 20082008
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of VirginiaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
I Feel the Need for SpeedTraffic LawN/A
How to Defend the DUIDUI LawN/A
DUI and other Serious Traffic DefensesDUI/Traffic LawN/A