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Yolanda Riley

Family Attorney at Peoria, IL

5.0   86 reviews
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2016
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Yolanda

Learn Yolanda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Orders of Protection, Child Support, Adoption, Guardianships

  2. Expungement

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense

  4. Estate planning
    POA, Guardianship, Wills, Prenup

Yolanda obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Speech Communication and Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is a Peoria Native who is very passionate about her work and advocating for her clients. She is a former Staff Attorney of a sizable firm, that handled cases in nine central Illinois counties, where her areas of practice generally included Expungement/Sealing work, Post Criminal Conviction Relief, Family Law, Landlord -Tenant cases, Orders of Protections and Guardianship matters.

In addition, she spent time in a smaller private practice where her primary focus was Family Law, Criminal Defense and Expungement/Sealing cases.

She then moved on as a Litigation Attorney with Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., where her primary focus was in Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Expungement/Sealing, Family Law and Estate Planning.

She is now a solo practitioner building her legal practice in the Central Illinois area.

Yolanda is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Peoria County Bar Association where she is an active member and current Chair of the Diversity Committee, general member of Prairie State Legal Services Peoria Campaign for Legal Service, Elite Community Outreach Board member, and general member of the Central Illinois Black Bar Association.

Former board member on the Hult Center for Healthy Living,  former general member of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and former President of the Peoria Area Chapter -ACLU. 

2018 Recipient of the Doers of Deed Award; 2019 Recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum major award; 2021 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year- Peoria County Bar Association; 2023 Peoria Role Model Project Recipient. 


The Law Offices of Yolanda J. Riley, LLC
Ste. A6 #202
Peoria, IL, 61615

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and straight to the point
I contacted Yolanda Riley for a family law matter from divorce. She was immediately able to provide a plan of action to resolve the matter. She answered all of my questions and helped me along every step of the way. She was very straight and to the point. Great and honest attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
She gets the job done
Very straightforward and no nonsense. Just what I needed in an attorney. I’ll use Ms. Riley for any future needs.
Posted by Jolene | April 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased!
Yolanda guided me through a long and somewhat contentious divorce with professionalism. She answered my myriad of questions with patience, and even handled an issue with my ex post-divorce to a good conclusion.
Posted by Janeva | March 27, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
There's always a second chances
Yolanda Riley thank you so much for helping me I couldn't thank you enough when I thought I couldn't found help and ready to give up I was pointed in the right direction you was there with no hesitation and I truly appreciate you for everything
Posted by Zac | March 15, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
An advocate for the people
Ms. Riley is a passionate and caring attorney that goes the extra mile to produce results for her clients. Best experience I have had with legal representation. Caring, knowledgeable, and relatable. Truly an advocate of the community who makes a difference in the lives of many. Thanks again for all your help!
Posted by Bree | January 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Hearing
Amazing is an understatement. Yolanda kept my spirits high during one of the toughest moments of my life, and she helped me be the voice for my child. I highly recommend her, and will forever be grateful for her services.
Posted by Tracie | January 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you for assisting me with My expungement, I appreciate you taking time out to help me out with my case.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
She is the best. Thank You Thank You Thank You It was a pleasure working with you. Infinite Blessings
Posted by Annette | December 15, 2023
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Adoption case
I went to Yolanda Riley for my case on adoption I thought it would take a year or more but Yolanda Riley got right on to it only took 6 months for her to get everything done she explains everything to u from detail to detail I appreciate all her help on my case she did wonderful thanks for all ur help I would recommend her to anybody that’s needs help with a lawyer if I needed another lawyer I would go back to her an no one else
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Posted by Shani | November 10, 2023
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Absolutely amazing
Yolanda is a great attorney. She handled our case with care, she's very generous, polite and very professional. we had to wait for nothing, and she had everything done, she was very on point. We were in And out . No if ,ands or buts about it, We will refer her to any and everybody. Thank you So much Yolanda, for all you have done and all that you continue to do .We greatly appreciate You.God bless.
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Posted by Jyneisha | September 14, 2023
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Best Lawyer EVER In My Opinion <3
I can give praise in under 4000 words, Challenge accepted ! I have been going through some issues in court regarding custody. I have had the court give me incorrect court dates/times, I have been attacked for things that were not relevant to my case and I have been all around mistreated. Yolanda was recommended to me and I am happy she was. She came into the picture and I KNOW FOR A FACT, had it not been for her, I would be in a terrible situation right now. She FOUGHT for me when no one else would. She didnt make me just agree with everything, like my last attorney, but she fought to make sure anything I asked for (that was reasonable) was heard and requested. She is VERY detailed and straight to the point. We have to remember, we hired her because SHE is the professional, not us. She expects honestly, promptness and a willingness to listen and present yourself appropriately. She may seem "scary" to some but it is only because she is passionate. She instilled fear and respect in me all at the same time BUT IT WAS FOR A GOOD REASON! We hire her to talk FOR US. When we are unwilling to listen, we place ourselves, her and whatever we are fighting for in jeopardy. She truly cares about what she does. I know this because I had a lawyer that I THOUGHT had my best interest at heart one point but after working with her, I know he didnt. We go into our own cases thinking we know it all and know whats best. But SHE KNOWS the legal way to get it done and we may not. She gives you a realistic perspective on your case, the evidence and what needs to be done. Just because someone seems head strong and determined (like Yolanda) that does not make them a "mean" person. It makes her DEDICATED! I will forever thank her for what she has done for me. Thanks to her, I am now studying law to help change lives in the way she does. It will LITERALLY be my honor to work with or under her. She is very well educated and she is honest. She tells it like it is and she doesnt give false promises in hopes of "getting paid" like other attorneys. She has changed my life. My ONLY regret with working with her is that I did not come to her sooner. Not once in the past 6 years have a felt like someone listened to me, cared about me or cared about my child within the court system until SHE stepped in the picture. I am pretty sure I will be back to add more lol. But I appreciate her and all she has done for me. If you want someone who will FIGHT for you, knows the law, wont back down to court room bullies (as I call them), knows the law and will prepare YOU with information for what to do and expect, then you NEED Yolanda. Trust me. P.S. Even AFTER our case, she reached out to me to give me advice on what to do when I will be ready to go back for more. I would clone her if I could. So I could just have her all to myself. But that wouldnt be fair to the world. The people in this county need her. We need MORE of her actually. Hence me being in school myself now to follow in her foot steps. THANK YOU AGAIN YOLANDA AND I WISH I COULD HAVE YOU IN COURT WITH ME NEXT YEAR WHEN I GO BACK !!!!!! You meant the world to me and I was proud to call you my attorney. I will always and forever appreciate what you did for me.
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Response from Yolanda Riley September 16, 2023
I am absolutely blown away by your review! Your detailed thoughts and opinions on how I handled your case means more than you know. I try to see every case I take on until the end, achieving the best results possible in each case. I'm honored you took the time to provide your feedback because it motives me to continue to fight just has hard for all my clients! Many many blessings to you and your little girl J! ❤️ Thank you for trusting me!
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Posted by Charles | August 21, 2023
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She Saved my life.
After talking with dozens and dozens of attorneys I thought that was it, I thought no one could help me, since my life was destroyed and my abuser won. I thought that maybe I didn't need to be here anymore i didnt want to. I was going to end it all had already decided than an email schedulinga phone consultation came . Ms Riley called and gave me advice,information and best of all Hope and pointed me in the direction of the path i needed to be on. Her patience, compassion her knowledge is everything you would ever want in a lawyer. She gave me hope and quite literally saved my life today.
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Response from Yolanda Riley September 16, 2023
It was meant for you to reach out to me when you did. The universe aligned for a reason. I'm happy you are still among us and that I could give you hope! Remember you're worth it! Thank you for trusting me Charles!
Posted by Cal | July 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!!!
Attorney Riley is a high skilled and professional attorney that will get the job done. She is very thorough in her intel gathering regarding her cases and implements her findings perfectly. I have and will continue to refer clients to Attorney Riley in the future!!!
Posted by Bill | July 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
This is a serious lawyer
I’m very happy with the outcome of my divorce Yolanda killed it she is very professional and very serious about her job and clients what she says to her clients is what you will get very fierce and attacks opposing counsel with no remorse I would highly recommend Yolanda Riley law to anyone looking for an attorney please look no further she is the best at her job and is really fare on prices will come back again for legal advice. Great job thank you Yolanda Riley
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Posted by Jessie | July 5, 2023
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Thank you!!!
Attorney Riley is a very professional attorney. She has excellent communication skills, gets straight to the point, and makes the process seem effortless. She is very knowledgeable and experienced with many local and state laws, like a walking law library!! If I am ever in need of an excellent straight forward attorney, I know who I’m calling and referring!!
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Posted by Mike | May 23, 2023
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Thank you
Ms. Yolanda Riley is great I highly recommend her to anyone in need of lawyer services. She is very professional, efficient and effective, and also very informational as well. Not only did she help me with my situation I’ve also learned a lot as well.
Posted by Alin | May 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Effective and efficient. Thank God I found you. Thank you for defending me and helping me in my difficult times.
Posted by Ruth | March 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you very much Yolanda for having managed to give me the legal protection of my children God bless you you are an excellent lawyer you work very fast I feel very happy to know that my children are under my custody thanks to my God and your excellent work God bless you
Posted by D. W. | March 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
New Lease on Life
I would like to thank her for getting my record cleared. Since my record has been cleared, I haven't had any issues with Law enforcement and I'm not nervous after being stopped. If you have any records I would recommend contacting her to get it taken care of. She is sufficient!
Posted by Pierrette | March 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Dissolution of mariage
Thank you Yolanda Riley; being in toxic marriage with my 2boys only somebody like you was able to be there and help me understand that i can have a voice and all this time with you is i never be for me just like a case but your dynamism and all the good energy you have are being a Very good support for me and my boys... you was able to stand for me and explain So well what at was having to said but never get the right worlds to said it. Thank you again for all specialy for all the GOOD Energy you have people like what i was befor meeting you out there need you too. Thank u again . Best one!!!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
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AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Yolanda J. Riley, LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Peoria County Government- Pubic Defender's Office
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Staff Attorney
  • Prairie State Legal Services
  • 2017 - 2018
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  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015


  • PCBA- Diversity Committe
  • Chair
  • 2021 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hult Center for Healthy Living Board Member
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - 2023
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • General Member, Vice President & President
  • 2016 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peoria Role Model Project Recipient
  • City of Peoria
  • 2023
  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • 2021
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award
  • The King Holiday Committee
  • 2020
  • Doers of Deeds
  • Jehan Gordan-Booth
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • Professional Responsibility Seminar
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Field
  • 2019
  • Illinois Legal Aid Advocates Conference
  • Barriers to Employment
  • 2017

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Peoria Family Lawyer Yolanda Riley
Yolanda Riley
Family Attorney
Peoria, IL
Licensed for 7 years
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