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      W. Edward Riley IV

      Richmond, Virginia
      31 years of experience


      W. Edward Riley, IV is a trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Virginia, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Riley has dedicated his entire career to successfully practicing criminal and traffic defense.

      Mr. Riley has tried over 250 jury trials in federal and state courts across the Commonwealth, holds the highest national legal rating with Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized by his peers as one of the Legal Elite as published by Virginia Business Magazine, and has been selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers. He has appeared on WTVR CBS News Channel 6 and in the Richmond Times- Dispatch, as well as other media outlets, as a criminal law commentator for high profile criminal cases, and has lectured on criminal law, DUI law, and traffic law to other lawyers and judges over the last decade.

      Mr. Riley's involvement within the legal community is extensive. Currently, he serves on the Virginia Trial Lawyer Association's (VTLA) Board of Governors, is past chair of the Criminal Law Section, has been Co-Chairman of its publication committee, and is a Member of both their CLE and Amicus committees. Mr. Riley was Chairman of the Virginia Fair Trial Project, a Member of the Virginia State Bar's specially created Indigent Defense Task Force, and a Member of the Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Hassell's Indigent Defense Training Initiative. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference and was legislative liaison between the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Formerly, Mr. Riley served on the VACDL's Board of Directors, and served on the VTLA's Legislative Committee, Litigation Support Committee, Death Penalty Committee, and Young Lawyers Leadership Committee.

      Practice Areas

      Criminal Law

      Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes

      White Collar Crime

      DUI & DWI

      Traffic Tickets

      Suspended License

      Domestic Violence

      Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

      Personal Injury

      Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death


      • Free Consultation
      • Credit Cards Accepted

      Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

      4th Circuit
      U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
      U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

      Professional Experience

      Partner RILEY & WELLS - Attorneys-At-Law

      Year: Current



      • Virginia Super Lawyers 2014

        Thomson Reuters 2014.0

      • Virginia Super Lawyer 2010

        Thomson Reuters 2009.0

      • Virginia Super Lawyer 2013

        Thomson Reuters 2013.0

      • Virginia Super Lawyer 2012

        Thomson Reuters 2012.0

      • Virginia Super Lawyer 2011

        Thomson Reuters 2011.0

      • Virginia Super Lawyer 2010

        Thomson Reuters 2010.0

      • Legal Elite 2008

        Virginia Business Magazine 2008.0

      • Legal Elite 2003

        Virginia Business Magazine 2003.0

      • AV Preeminent Peer Rated

        Martindale-Hubbell 2014.0


      • University of Virginia

      • University of Richmond School of Law



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      Riley & Wells


      1518 WILLOW LAWN DR.,, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23230


      (804) 673-7115


      7515 Library Drive, Hanover, VA 23069


      111 Ennis Street, Bowling Green, VA 22427


      9500 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832


      35 East Tabb Street, Petersburg, VA 23803


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