Liam J. Riley

Senior Associate

Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Litigation

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Liam J. Riley joined Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC as an Associate in 2017. He is a native of Long Island, New York. He moved to the Philadelphia area in 2001 and later graduated from St. Joseph’s University (B.A.) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D.). In law school, he received the Gideon Award and was named a Rubin Public Interest Associate because of his commitment to indigent defense and public service. He also worked as a research assistant for the American Civil Liberties Union and served as a board member of the National Lawyers’ Guild. He was also a Major Trials Attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. After his work at the Defender Association, he joined Krasner & Long, LLC as an associate in 2015 where he has handled homicide cases, federal court matters, and university disciplinary hearings. Mr. Riley entered the practice of criminal law in order to work with people in some of the most difficult times in their lives and give them the confidence that their case is being handled with the care and attention it deserves. He believes that excellence in criminal defense means always being more than prepared to bring a case to trial, while also giving clients the best possible alternative options. Through his knowledge of the law, thorough preparation, attention to detail, and his abilities as a trial attorney, Mr. Riley continually achieves results for his clients.

As an attorney, Mr. Riley has secured countless acquittals in trials before juries and judges in Philadelphia’s courts. He has extensive experience in defending clients who have been prosecuted under the Indicting Grand Jury or as part of the Focused Deterrence Program, as well as in defending those with mental health issues. He has won cases involving allegations of attempted murder, rape, child sexual abuse, burglary, armed robbery, drug and weapons offenses, among others. Additionally noteworthy are the number of cases where Mr. Riley has achieved a client’s release and withdrawal of charges before trial due to the fact that his client had been misidentified and was innocent. He is similarly experienced in defending clients post-trial in probationary hearings. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Riley serves as the Vice President of the Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court and as a faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.