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Walter Phillip Riley

Title: Attorney
Company: Law Offices of Walter Riley
Location: Oakland, California, United States

Walter Phillip Riley, attorney at the Law Offices of Walter Riley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of criminal defense.

With more than four decades of experience to his credit, Mr. Riley is a proven expert in the field of law. Specializing in criminal defense, employment law and police misconduct, he has served as the head attorney of his own law firm, the Law Offices of Walter Riley, based in Oakland, California, since 1984. Prior to beginning his own practice, he worked as an attorney with the St. Martin County Public Defender’s Office for three years. As part of his dedication to his profession, Mr. Riley is also counted as a member of the National Lawyers Guild. Before entering his industry, he pursued a formal education, ultimately achieving a Juris Doctor at the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1980.

Adjacent to his primary professional endeavors, Mr. Riley remains active as a civic-minded citizen. To wit, he is the founder of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, which he continues to co-chair today. Likewise, he is a founding member of the Coalition for Police Accountability and the chair of the board of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. To commemorate his accomplishments, Mr. Riley was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022, and he received the Law for the People Award in 2012. Attributing much of his success to his passion for attaining true justice, he is particularly proud of his work on numerous police misconduct cases.

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