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Elizabeth Louise Riles

Elizabeth Louise Riles

Practice areas:

Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment, Mediation

About Me

Elizabeth Riles is a founding and the managing partner at Bohbot & Riles. Ms. Riles was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Stanford University undergraduate, Ms. Riles went on to receive her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley in 1998 and has been practicing law for the last 15 years. She specializes in employment and personal injury cases. She also provides Human Resource consulting and mediation in her work to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for employees and employers alike.


She has successfully represented employees against a wide variety of businesses and government entities, in matters of race, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability and gender discrimination, cases of sexual and racial harassment, retaliation, whistle-blowing and wrongful termination. In 2011, she was honored by the City of Lancaster for her work in obtaining a significant verdict in a gender discrimination and hostile work environment case against a nationally known long haul trucking company. In 2012, Ms. Riles was a finalist for the prestigious Consumer Attorneys of California Street Fighter of the Year award.

Ms. Riles is admitted to practice in the State of California, the United States District Court, Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Ms. Riles is a member of the State Bar of California, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, California Women Lawyers, California Employment Lawyers Association, Queen’s Bench Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Charles Houston Bar Association, and the California Dispute Resolution Council.


Finally, Ms. Riles also volunteers as a mediator for the Alameda County Superior Court Small Claims Division and for SEEDS Community Resolution Center.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Wrongful Termination: 35%
    14 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
    14 years
  3. Sexual Harassment: 15%
    14 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    14 years
  5. Mediation: 10%
    7 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Contingent (35-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Brenda Francoise Biren

    I highly endorse Elizabeth. I have worked with her on several matters in the area of employment law as opposing counsel, and she has been a strong advocate for her clients and a superb lawyer. She is an expert in employment law, highly professional and a pleasure to work with.


    Brenda Biren Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Mary Shea Hagebols

    I endorse this lawyer. Elizabeth is an extremely talented and brilliant attorney. An absolute delight. I highly recommend her.


    Mary Shea Hagebols Sexual Harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bohbot & Riles, LLP

1814 Franklin Street, Suite 800
Oakland, CA, 94612-3024




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Finalist for Street Fighter of the YearConsumer Attorneys of California2012
CommendationCity of Lancaster2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBohbot & Riles, LLP2003 - Present
AssociateKerosky & Bradley, LLP2001 - 2002
AssociateBrobeck, Phelger & Harrison1999 - 2001
AssociateJackson, Tufts, Cole & Black, LLP1998 - 1999
Summer AssociateJackson, Tufts. Cole & Black, LLP1997 - 1997
Summer AssociateAnton & Roeckl, LLP1996 - 1996


Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Dispute Resolution CouncilMember2009 - Present
Charles Houston Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
California Women LawyersMember1998 - Present
Queen's Bench Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Shank v. CRST Van Expedited, et al.$1.3 Million Verdict
Disability Discrimination Trial$125,000.00 Settlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Plaintiff Magazine (California)Social Media Can Kill Your Case2013
Plaintiff Magazine (California)Early Punitive Damage Discovery - let's give it a try2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Berkeley, School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Stanford UniversityHuman BiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Real Women in Trucking Blog Talk RadioSexual Harassment/Trucking2013
Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association Membership MeetingA Bird's Eye View of Employment Law2013
Money for LunchEmployment Law2013
California Employment Lawyers Association Law Clerk OrientationClient Intake & Issue Spotting2013
California Employment Lawyers Association WebinarStarting Your Own Practice2012
Boalt Hall Career Development Office WebinarSmall-Midsize Firms2012
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Women's Caucaus EventI am Woman: Hear Me Negotiate2011
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceSurviving and Thriving in Solo Practice2009