Evelyn Y. Riley


Evelyn handles commercial and complex disputes in all stages of civil litigation. She represents clients in both state and federal courts throughout the United States in a broad range of matters, including commercial contracts, consumer protection, employment, privacy, product liability, trade secrets, and premises liability in high exposure situations. She has significant experience commencing and managing complex litigation, briefing and arguing motions, taking depositions, and conducting e-discovery.

Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Evelyn was an attorney at a Washington, D.C.-based firm where she was the founding member of the intellectual property practice group. She focused her practice on representing indirect purchasers in antitrust multidistrict litigations and consumer-oriented class actions.

Evelyn has represented more than 40 small domestic business entities; led the discovery effort against over 50 different counsel groups; formulated, conducted, and supervised third-party discovery and depositions; and briefed scores of motions and argued a number of those motions successfully before a federal court. She has successfully defended numerous complex commercial litigation motions to dismiss in federal and state courts for corporate clients and argued motions to dismiss before state courts in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas. She has conducted in-depth legal research and legal drafting in the areas of antitrust, consumer protection, unfair competition, federal and states’ Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Acts, nuisance, negligence, unjust enrichment, and other federal and state law issues.

Evelyn is the co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Asian American Resource Group and is a Steering Committee member in the firm’s Women’s Initiative, which is dedicated to the development and enhancement of professional and personal relationships among the firm’s female attorneys and clients. She also serves on the board of directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC).

Evelyn received her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China. She earned her LL.M. in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School. Evelyn was selected as a judicial intern among a competitive group of law students and lawyers to work for the former Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. At the Chief Judge’s Chamber, Evelyn worked on cases involving complex patent litigation and international trade disputes.

Evelyn was born and raised in Wuhan, China, and is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese. Prior to coming to the United States, Evelyn interned with a large domestic firm focusing on capital markets, Jingtian & Gongcheng, in Beijing. She also was a summer intern for judges at a district court in Wuhan, China.


  • George Washington University Law School, LL.M., 2011
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, LL.B., 2010
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, B.A., 2010
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area