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William Edward Riley IV

Criminal defense Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.9   46 reviews

also known as Ed Riley

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Law
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury

    

Admitted:

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

 

Education:

  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1987

  

Biography:

 

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.

 

 

Member:

  • 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

 

Honors:

  • 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

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Location

Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law
1518 Willow Lawn Drive
Suite 200
Richmond, VA, 23230
William Edward Riley IV
P.O. Box 176
Hanover, VA, 23069
William Edward Riley IV
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield County, VA, 23832
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Maria | April 28, 2023
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Best of the best.
He took care of everything perfectly. He saved me time and money. As a lawyer I am often asked "who should I hire?" I tell everyone that asks I would hire Ed Riley if it were for me or my family.
Posted by Anna | October 28, 2022
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Highly Experienced Attorney
We hired Mr. Riley on behalf of our teenage son. During a very stressful time, he was compassionate, professional, and a strong legal advocate. Mr. Riley comes highly recommended from pillars in both the legal community and our state representative office. He provided comprehensive support including connecting us with a qualified private investigator to uncover facts surrounding the case. He is also supported by a strong office staff that effectively communicates and quickly processes the abundance of required paperwork. As newcomers to the workings of the criminal justice system, staff were very patient in answering our many questions. It was Mr. Riley's years of experience and ability to connect with the prosecuting attorney that led to a successful outcome for our son. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Christopher | September 4, 2022
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Ed fought for me and won.
Ed fought for me and swiftly had my innocence brought to light in an auto accident case. The professionalism of the office keeping me informed was admirable. The cost was about what I expected. I recommend highly as a native Richmonder.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2022
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Exceptional Attorney
Mr. Riley inherited my case from another well respected lawyer who had reached an impasse in resolving the case with the commonwealth. After a distressing search for yet another attorney, I had the opportunity to discuss my case with Mr. Riley. He spent much more time in consultation than I expected, and expressed genuine concern and sympathy beyond what any other attorney displayed (and I had spoken to quite a few). Moreover, he offered a detailed strategy for approaching the case which he then executed precisely to achieve a fantastic result. His office is extremely professional and responsive. I reached someone by phone 100% of the time I attempted, and I received direct communication from Mr. Riley within 24 hours each time I reached out to them with a question or concern. He was available to meet in person when I requested, and he spent a great deal of time discussing my case with me which provided a real sense of assurance. Mr. Riley handled twists and turns in the case with expertise. In my interactions with him in the court house on various occasions it was clearly evident that he is very well respected by his peers. I will certainly recommend Mr. Riley to anyone who ever needs an attorney. Perhaps the highest compliment I can give him and his team is that I would have been satisfied with his representation even if I didn't have the favorable resolution I did -- a true testament to his skill, professionalism, and compassion.
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Posted by Joyce | May 18, 2022
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Knowledgeable
Mr Riley listened to my issue and helped me resolve it in a very professional way. I would definitely use his services again but hope to not need it. Mr Riley made me feel very comfortable and I knew that he would take good care of me.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2022
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Thank-You Mr. Riley!
I am very grateful for the services provided by Mr. Riley and his legal team. Mr. Riley helped resolve a challenging and unique criminal misdemeanor case pertaining to a family member. Through his diligence and careful observation of the facts as well as his professional representation before the court, I was found innocent of the charge. At all times, Mr. Riley stood ready to assist me as I faced this difficult situation. Thank-you Mr. Riley for clearing me of the false accusation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2022
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Very satisfied
Excellent lawyer. I would highly recommend this Law Firm. Very satisfied. Thank you Mr. Riley!
Posted by Quwaine | November 16, 2021
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Stolen identity traffic case
First I’d like to thank Mr Riley for the astonishing service he had provided for me during a difficult time of me trying to restore my driving privilege, secondly the staffing at the firm is so friendly and thirdly I’d recommend anyone that’s having issues with anything pertaining to the law to go straight to Riley and Wells law firm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. You guys are a life saver
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2021
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Reckless Driving reduced to a Misdemeanor
Riley & Wells and their attorney Cody Remington helped get exactly what I wanted out of my case, which was for my 100mph+ ticket to be reduced from a criminal charge to a misdemeanor. I lived out of state and did not know certain speeds warranted criminal charges in Virginia. Their staff stayed in touch with me periodically and ensured I completed tasks that would help mitigate my sentence in the eyes of the court. I appreciated that they did not suger-coat what what they could do for me but told me straight out what I was facing and what they thought could reasonably be done for me, and in the end secured a favorable result.
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Posted by Karen | August 2, 2021
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Phenomenal Law Firm
Mr. Riley represented me in a traffic related criminal offense. He and his staff were very professional and always accessible. They took time to explain all the ins and outs of the case. Mr. Riley was able to resolve my case resulting in no charge against me. He did an outstanding job for me, and I would recommend Riley and Wells to everyone!
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Posted by Amanda | May 13, 2021
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Choose them!
He was able to get my case dismissed if I went to a reckless driving program. This is not an easy option because I was charged with 92/70. His paralegal, Lisa, was so responsive whenever I had a question. They are an excellent choice and went above and beyond to help me.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2021
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Mr Riley
Mr. Riley was so wonderful to work with. He showed up to court with great determination and was able to have my charges lowered from a DUI to reckless driving.
Posted by Isadora | March 16, 2021
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Excellent service and solved my case
Thank you, Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law for helping me with my case. Reckless driving charge, a criminal misdemeanor, was reduced to improper driving, a minor traffic infraction. Recommend this office to anyone with a case similar to mine.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2020
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Professionally handled with great results!
Mr. Riley was able to get my case dismissed without me having to attend any hearings. Very satisfied.
Posted by Elizabeth | October 6, 2020
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Amazing!
I am very happy to say that this law firm turned my reckless driving ticket into a dismissed case. They took the time and care to represent me to the best of their abilities and I could not have asked for a better outcome.
Posted by Summer | August 25, 2020
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2nd DUI dropped to 1st Offense
I was referred to Ed Riley by a trusted friend after getting a 2nd DUI this past January. I was facing up-to a year in jail. Mr Riley spent a solid hour on the phone with me before I moved forward. He was straight forward from the very start. Not only will he have your back, but you can tell that he truly does care to help. Lisa and the rest of the team were also wonderful through this entire process. I highly recommend Ed Riley and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2020
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Speeding/Reckless Driving
Riley and Wells law firm was able to reduce my speeding ticket/reckless driving case to defective equipment and I was not found guilty of a misdemeanor offense or a moving violation. Legal assistant Kristin was very quick to reply to my emails, she was also kind and helpful with easing my nerves regarding my case.
Posted by Stacy | March 27, 2020
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The Best Attorney!
Mr. Riley helped my teenage son with a moving violation. He was able to get an excellent result with no court costs, fines or driving school. I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2020
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Attorney gets the job done.
I was involved in a serious traffic accident where I was charged with failure to yield. Attorney Riley represented me in court and had my charged reduced. Riley Snyder is a skilled and knowledgeable opponent. Although he is an extremely zealous advocate for his clients, his professionalism, integrity, and candor with counsel remain unquestionable. I would certainly recommend him without hesitation to anyone who is seeing legal representation in similar instances.
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Posted by Jessi | February 17, 2020
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Better Than I Could’ve Expected
I contacted Riley & Wells on a reckless driving ta se I’m Virginia. I do not live in state, so I needed someone who could handle the court appearance in my absence. They not only contacted me in a timely manner, but they worked out a payment plan with me. They answered all of my questions and kept records of all I needed. Their website was also full of information necessary to help with my case. They were able to get the reckless driving (which is a criminal misdemeanor in Virginia) dropped to a lesser offense that resulted in no criminal charge, no points on my license, and no affect on my insurance. I’m not sure where I would’ve been without them. I highly recommend using them!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Boone, Beale, Cosby & Long
  • 1991 - 2008

Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion-Summer Session 2008
  • 2008
  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Sustaining Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Former Board Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Past Chairman
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Publication Committee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Virginia Fair Trial Project
  • Chairman
  • N/A
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Commission
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2009
  • Virginia Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Completion
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • Virginia Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2003
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Style Weekly
  • 2002
  • Sustaining Member
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1998
  • AV Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • I Feel the Need for Speed
  • Traffic Law
  • N/A
  • How to Defend the DUI
  • DUI Law
  • N/A
  • DUI and other Serious Traffic Defenses
  • DUI/Traffic Law
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse William
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. He is well-respected and I have referred many people to him over the years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ed Riley as an exemplary DUI defense lawyer. He is thorough in his preparation, assertive in his dealings with the prosecution and police, and effective in his presentation to the court. I am confident in referring cases to him and his firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ed and his partner Mitch Wells are extremely capable and effective attorneys. I frequently refer clients to them for matters in the greater Richmond area and have always been told how well they were treated and how great Ed's results are."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Riley is incredibly knowledgeable about DUI Defense & is tenacious in his defense of those accused of such. He is also very generous about sharing his wealth of knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Ed for almost ten years and he is an excellent attorney. I regularly refer cases in the Richmond area to Ed and his partner, Mitch Wells. Ed's firm provides competent criminal defense counsel and I have never received any negative feedback from anyone I have referred to Ed's firm."
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Richmond Criminal defense Lawyer William Edward Riley IV
William Edward Riley IV
Criminal defense Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 32 years
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