Thomas J. Riley
Attorney Thomas J. Riley practices primarily in the areas of Labor/Employment Law, General Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Medicaid Recovery, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, and Waterfront Development.
Thomas J. Riley has received the highest ranking conferred by legal colleagues through the peer rating system maintained by the National Legal Directory, Martindale Hubbell. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also was named one of the top Employment lawyers in Connecticut, in the 2000-2001 edition of Woodward-White Incorporated’s The Best Lawyers in America, based on a survey of other lawyers. The listing of the top lawyers in Connecticut from that survey appeared in the July 2001 issue of Connecticut Magazine. In 2012, he was named "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Plaintiff in the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. Before joining the firm, Mr. Riley served as a trial attorney in the Land and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Riley has handled numerous employment matters before the State and Federal Departments of Labor, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other State and Federal agencies, the Supreme and Superior Courts of the State of Connecticut, and the Federal courts. Mr. Riley also has represented clients in a wide variety of other complex litigation matters, including appeals, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Court, and the Connecticut Supreme, Appellate and Superior Courts.
Mr. Riley graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1974. In 1977, he graduated with High Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he was the recipient of the Cornelius J. Wickersham Award for Constitutional Law and the American Jurisprudence Book Awards in Contracts and Constitutional Law.
In addition to his membership in the Bar of the State of Connecticut, Mr. Riley is admitted to the Bar of the following courts: the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Mr. Riley has spoken on employment matters on numerous occasions for various groups, including the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Riley serves as a fact-finder/arbitrator at all judicial districts. Mr. Riley is also a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association.