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Lynne F Riley

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Boston, MA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1992
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Casner & Edwards LLP
303 Congress Street
Boston, MA, 02210

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Posted by Pat | January 2, 2014
Super attorney
Lynne took a case that was fairly complex and broke it in to parts dealing with each of them on an individual basis and brought the best possible results. She was deliberative, thorough, very communicative with me as a client and also creditors when necessary. She was tremendous.
Posted by Robert | November 15, 2012
A Consummate Professional!
Lynne presented a vigouous and successful defense to an action in Bankruptcy Court seeking to challange a Probate and Family Court Contempt Judgment in which the debtor alleged violations of the automatic stay provisions and in which he was seeking sanctions. The Court ruled against the debtor who subsequently paid his Contempt Judgment in full after he dismissed his Bankruptcy Petition. Lynne was extremely diligent in her preparation for a contested evidentiary Hearing in Bankruptcy Court and she was able to discredit the debtor's allegations. She is as good as they get!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2012
Great lawyer!
Starting with our first meeting ,Lynne has shown us her complete support and understanding of our case. Very professionally , she made us understand what BK filing would mean for us in our present financial situation. Feeling her genuine concern and empathy for what we are going through , we went ahead with the process with confidence and ease. She and her staff have all been very responsive to our questions and concerns and we were equally grateful. We highly recommend Lynne to anyone who is looking for a superb lawyer who can truly represent them.
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Posted by Shelly | May 5, 2011
Lynne's expertise in the complex field of bankruptcy law is not only superb but her genuine concern for those struggling with insurmountable financial issues is outstanding. Her follow up is amazing and she is totally accessible. She makes herself available to discuss issues as they arise. What sets Lynne a part from the rest is her dedication, empathy, professionalism and problem solving talent. She is a first rate counselor. If you need help, make a wise choice and call Lynne. (Anyone else is secondary)
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2011
Would highly recommend Lynne Riley
Lynne represented my husband an I in a bankruptcy case involving real estate issues. Lynne was very informative about our options, and she and her staff were professional and responsive to our many questions and concerns while going through this process. I was referred to Lynne by a colleague who experienced similar issues and he highly recommened her to us. We also highly recommend Lynne to anyone who thinks bankruptcy may be necessary, and is looking for someone who is competent, as well as compassionate, during an extremely difficult period.
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Posted by Cathy | April 25, 2011
client filing personal bankrupcy
I worked with Lynne regarding personal bankruptcy and specifically issues relating to credit card debts, saving my home from foreclosure, and potentially filing for divorce. Lynne was very patient in listening to the details of my family’s situation. She was able to thoroughly explain the laws of filing Chapter 7 verses Chapter 13 and the impact the filing would have on me now and in the future. Her expertise and knowledge of the law allowed me to move thorough this process with a clear understanding of all that was involved. This is a personally difficult process to go through and Lynne’s support and respect for my individual situation along with her detailed explanations were greatly appreciated and very helpful. Her rate was very reasonable, especially considering some of the complicating factors involved. I would highly recommend Lynne to anyone in this or a similar difficult situation. - Show quoted text -
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2011
would highly recommend!
Lynne was very informative and supportive providing me with all the details (pros and cons) of filing for personal bankruptcy. I felt I was given all the information I needed to understand the process of bankruptcy, and the impact that my decision would have on my future. She was patient (as I didn't know anything re bankruptcy), knowledgeable, direct, trustworthy, and very understanding re the sensitivity of my situation. I did go on to file with the confidence it was the right decision for me. Lynne helped me through every step of the process in a very professional and timely manner; always very supportive!
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2011
Would Highly Recommend
My company has worked with Lynne over the past year on some very difficult business matters. Bankruptcy laws are complicated and hard to grasp. Lynne was patient and very knowledgeable. She and her staff were very responsive to us and her expertise was invaluable. I would highly recommend Lynne to other business associates and friends, she was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Anthony | March 16, 2011
Expert BK Attorney FOUND.
It's the 'who'. Deciding to file BK is a difficult (family decision for us) decision. Painfully difficult as the waters are murky, shark filled awaiting the uninitiated. We were recommended to meet w/ Lynne. We laid our our scenario and Lynne was patient w/ her time and answers which she explained numerous times until she was satisfied that we understood the law, what she and her firm could and could not do and how to best proceed. I would recommend Lynne for anyone considering Bankruptcy as there is a tremendous amount of information, both good and bad, out there. After one comes to the conclusion of filing, the second most important decision is the 'who'. Who are you going to have represent you and your interest? It's a critical part of the process: Make certain that you find someone expert who will represent you expertly.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2011
Great attorney: pratical, reasonable and compssionate
Lynne represented me a number of years ago and she was a true advocate, was reasonably priced, and extremely knowledgable. This was my first experience with an attorney and she put me at ease and achieved excellent results.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2011
Outstanding Bankruptcy Attorney
Lynne worked with us on an extremely complicated personal and business Chapter 7 bankruptcy case that involved litigation. She and her associates dealt with us in an amazingly professional yet compassionate manner and handled our case very efficiently. I believe that our successful outcome to all the litigation was a direct result of her experience as a bankruptcy trustee and knowledge of the law. I would and have recommended Lynne to other business owners and individuals going through bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2011
Costly Attorney Without Adequate Knowledge
I was a client of this attorney. Her bill reflected significant amount of time - beyond that which is understandable for phone calls and emails. This attorney did not inform me of critical information about condo fees related to bankruptcy. A witness to the conversations confirmed this lack of information. Riley refused to refund all monies when the issue was brought up. Two colleagues, well known to her, were surprised at her lack of knowledge/dissemination of knowledge. Very costly to me. I changed attorneys. As a professional person, I have worked with corporate, patent, labor, and artistic attorneys extensively. I do not criticize without feeling justified.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Editor
  • Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Editor
  • Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Altman Riley Esher LLP
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Southern New England School of Law (UMass Law School)
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Riley Esher LLP
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Riley Solomon LLP
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Owner
  • Lynne Riley & Associates
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Powers & Hall PC
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wolverine Proctor & Schwartz LLC
  • favorable; settlement upheld
  • Crawford v. Wolverine Proctor & Schwartz LLC
  • favorable; verdict upheld


  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • Fellow, Pro Bono Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Education Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Executive Board;Treasurer
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Northeast Conf Steering Committee
  • 1999 - Present
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 1992 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Fellow
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Best of Boston
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABI Annual Spring Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Espinoza and Beyond, Recent Supreme Court and Circuit Court Decisions Impacting Consumer Debtors and Practitioners,
  • 2011
  • MCLE Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference
  • Litigation in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases
  • 2010
  • NCBJ Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Post-BAPCPA Case Update
  • 2009
  • Annual Convention of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Program Chair
  • 2009
  • NCBJ Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Different Districts, Different Results – Statutory Interpretation of the Code and its Impact on Consumer Cases
  • 2008
  • NCBJ Annual Meeting and Conference
  • The New Challenges of Chapter 13, Being Eligible, Administering Cases, and Confirming Feasible Plans
  • 2007
  • MCLE Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference
  • Divorce and Bankruptcy
  • 2007
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 20
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"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Riley because she is excellent at what she does. I have consulted Attorney Riley many times on matters that I was working on and she was very helpful each time; she was very generous with her time and advice."
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Boston Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Lynne F Riley
Lynne F Riley
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 31 years