Karl O. Riley

Member

Las Vegas

(702) 470-2314

(702) 470-2370

Recent News:

Karl O. Riley Selected as a Member of the American Bar Association’s Fellows Program for 2020-2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Karl Riley, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected as a member of the American Bar Association’s Fellows Program for the 2020-2022 class.

Karl is an experienced and well-rounded commercial litigator, whose practical, business-minded approach to the practice of law adds significant value to his clients. Having served as a clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Karl provides sound and coherent legal strategies for his clients from complaint through appeal. Karl has extensive experience litigating breach of contract; fraud; fraudulent transfer; negligence; breach of fiduciary duty; construction; wrongful disclosure; federal and state consumer protection statutes (e.g., FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA); adverse proceedings; federal state False Claims Act; deficiency judgment; receiverships; insurance coverage; judgment recovery; and various employment and wage/hour issues (e.g., Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA).

Karl handles cases in state and federal courts and has managed all aspects of complex, civil litigation, including development of case analysis and strategy, direction and execution of discovery, composition and argument of discovery and dispositive motions, and negotiation of settlements.

He currently serves as the managing partner for the firm’s Las Vegas office.

Active in the community, Karl recently served as one of the first African-American chairs of the State Bar of Nevada’s Young Lawyers Section, and was the first African-American to receive the State Bar of Nevada’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award. With the National Bar Association, Karl served as chair of the Young Lawyers Division, and as Region IX director. With the American Bar Association (ABA), Karl serves as the Nevada Young Lawyer delegate to the House of Delegates, and served as the bar leadership director for the Young Lawyers Division. Karl chairs the Steering Committee of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA), which is a joint venture between the ABA and diverse bars to spark coalition building between diverse communities and to propel diverse leaders into national bar leadership. He also served as secretary on the executive board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce. Karl was a 2018 fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and now serves as an Alumni Executive Council member and the Communications Committee vice chair.

Experience

News

Karl O. Riley Selected as a Member of the American Bar Association’s Fellows Program for 2020-2022

September 30, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Karl Riley, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been selected as a member of the American Bar Association’s Fellows Program for the 2020-2022 class.

Cozen O’Connor Taps Nevada Litigator Karl O. Riley to Manage its Las Vegas Office

September 08, 2020

Riley joins the firm as a member within the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. Additionally, Riley will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Class Actions, and Appellate practice groups.

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Education

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.S., 2006

Awards & Honors

Emerging Leader Award – Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2019 

“On the Rise” Top 40 Young Lawyers Award – American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2018

Fellow – Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2018

Rising Stars for Commercial Litigation for the Mountain States – Super Lawyers 2014 - 2018 

Young Lawyer of the Year Award – State Bar of Nevada, 2017 

Legal Elite, Best Up & Coming Attorneys – Nevada Business Magazine, 2014 - 2016

Fellow – American Bar Foundation, 2015

40 Attorneys Under 40 Award, National Bar Association, 2015

Rising Stars of Business – Las Vegas Business Press, 2014

Lawyers of Color Hot List 100, 2012

Polemarch’s Brother of the Year Award – Las Vegas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc., 2011

  • Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Nevada

Law clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

American Bar Association

National Bar Association

State Bar of Nevada

Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association