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I have vast experience in handling complex criminal cases involving drugs, bank fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, tax fraud and evasion, money laudering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, illegal kick-backs, criminal anti-trust and murder.  I have handled many criminal cases that have had international implications having to do with international treaties, international protocol, letters rogatory, extradition, immigration and deportation.  I have been approved by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court to represent accused persons before those tribunals.  I have represented defendants in criminal cases from over 40 different foreign countries.  I am admitted to practice before the US District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court and have handled a number of criminal cases in a variety of other federal districts and other states including California, Oregon, Hawaii and Nevada and before Military Court's Martial.  I am a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington and have acted as a Judge Pro Tem in King County District and Superior Courts.  Also provided editorial assistance to Cross-Examination Handbook by Clark, Dekle and Bailey (2011).


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
  2. International Law: 20%

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2121 5th Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121-2510


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Selected as one of the Outstanding Men of AmericaOutstanding Young Men of America1975
AV Peer Review Rating for over 25 yearsMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American LawN/A
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who in the WorldN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Stewart P. Riley1973 - Present
Senior DeputyKing County Prosecutor's Office1969 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A1979 - Present
King County Bar AssociationFormer Chair of Criminal Law SectionN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Moonen investigationGovernment closed its investigation after 4 years.
State v. FramptonDeath penalty ruled unconstitutional
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Publication nameTitleDate
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ChampionHomicide in Baghdad2011
Marine Technology Society JournalLegal Implications of the Sea Use ProgramN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of Washington School of LawN/ABA1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Roundtable DiscussionD.B. Cooper CLE Program1991
Criminal Law: The Year in ReviewD.B. Cooper is Alive and Well1990