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Theodore Francis Riordan

Appeals Attorney at Quincy, MA

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also known as Ted Riordan

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 33 years
    New York - NY 33 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Most of my practice is in appellate law, primarily appealing Murder convictions. I also handle motions for new trial. I have extensive experience in Massachusetts' appellate courts. See my webpage for actual video of me at the Supreme Judicial Court.

    34 years

  2. Personal injury
    I handle all kinds of accident and injury claims...such as motor vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, product liability, slip and fall, and wrongful death. I love trying cases if the insurer won't settle.

    34 years

I've been handling accident and injury claims (personal injury law) for 30 years. I received my training at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Having learned the secrets of how insurers deny claims or try to settle for pennies, I ventured out. In 1999 my partner and I started Bates & Riordan, LLP. We've had great results for our injured clients. Either the insurer is going to make a fair settlement on our cases, or we'll take the case to trial and the jury will order them to pay. On our injury cases, you don't owe us anything up front. We get paid when the insurer pays.

I also have a substantial appellate practice.  I was first exposed to appellate law when I worked at the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Since then I've loved doing appeals. Most of my appeals concern convictions for 1st Degree Murder, but I also accept other serious felony cases.  In addition, I accept related post-conviction matters such as motions for new trial.  These cases are handled on a flat-rate basis.

While our office is in Quincy, we have clients in every corner of the state.  We will come to you if you cannot come to us. Our office is conveniently located on the Red Line (Braintree), at the Wollaston T stop. Accessible by the 210, 211, and 212 busses.

Let's discuss your case. I welcome your call..

Photos and videos

Tour the law office of Bates & Riordan, LLP, 5 Beale St., Quincy, MA 02170
A short video on our criminal appeal practice.
Highlights of an actual First Degree murder appeal hearing at the Supreme Judicial Court.
View from conference room of Bates & Riordan, LLP, 5 Beale St., Quincy, MA 02170.  Overlooks Hancock Street, Beach, and Beale Streets.
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Bates & Riordan LLP Attorneys-at-Law
5 Beale St
Quincy, MA, 02170-2702

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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Attorney
  • Bates & Riordan, LLP Attorneys-at-Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • 1991 - 1999
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Florence K. Murray
  • Supreme Court of Rhode Island
  • 1990 - 1991


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 1990
  • Stonehill College
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude. Mathematics & Computer Science
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Idelfonso Velez, Supreme Judicial Court SJC-11513
  • Big win on this 1st Degree Murder case. Appellate court reversed lower court ruling.
  • Commonwealth v. Jonathan Niemic, Supreme Judicial Court SJC-11535
  • I successfully reversed Mr. Niemic's 1st Degree Murder conviction.
  • Commonwealth v. Russell Cory, Supreme Judicial Court SJC-10314
  • Striking win. Court struck down GPS statute on rare Ex Post Facto grounds.


  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts
  • 1990 - Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Masssachusetts Superior Court
  • Master's List
  • N/A
  • Quincy District Court
  • Pre-trial Conferencer
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
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  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • Stonehill College
  • Board of Fellows
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  • Stonehill College
  • Alumni Council
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Attorney of the Year
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 1999
  • "Top Rated Appellate Attorney"
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • N/A


  • Suffolk Transnational Law Journal. Available online at
  • Totten Doctrine, Judicial Sabotage of Government Contracts for Sabotage Services
  • 1990
  • Suffolk Transnational Law Journal. Available online on
  • Fifth Amendment, The Procurement of Foreign Bank Records by "Compelled Consent" Passes Constitutional Muster
  • 1989

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Quincy Appeals Lawyer Theodore Francis Riordan
Theodore Francis Riordan
Appeals Attorney
Quincy, MA
Licensed for 33 years
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