W. Edward Riley, IV

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  • Criminal Law
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury


  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia


  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1991
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1987

Ed Riley is a trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in both state and federal trial courts in Virginia, and has successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Riley has been dedicated to successfully practicing criminal and traffic defense for over two decades.

Mr. Riley has argued over 150 jury trials in both federal and state courts across the Commonwealth, holds the highest national legal rating with Martindale Hubbell, has been recognized by his peers as one of the Legal Elite as published by Virginia Business Magazine, and has been consecutively selected for inclusion in both the Virginia Super Lawyers and Richmond Magazine publications for his superb legal ability and ethics. He regularly appears before and is quoted by media outlets as a criminal law commentator for high profile criminal cases, and routinely lectures on criminal law, DUI law, and traffic law to other lawyers and judges.

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 Co-Chairman of its publication committee, and is a Member of both their CLE and Amicus committees. Mr. Riley is also a  Member of the Virginia State Bar’s specially created Indigent Defense Task Force, a Member of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Indigent Defense Training Initiative, and a Member of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Virginia Criminal Justice Commission and is the legislative liaison between the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Formerly, Mr. Riley served as Chairman of the Virginia Fair Trial Project, and on the VACDL’s Board of Directors, was the past Chairman of VTLA’s Criminal Law Section, and served on its Legislative Committee, Litigation Support Committee, Death Penalty Committee, and Young Lawyers Leadership Committee.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • National College for DUI Defense (Sustaining Member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Virginia Criminal Justice Conference
  • VA Defenses


Related News:

Report Finds Virginia Strictest on Punishing Burglars Ed Riley discusses Virginia burglary law with CBS News 6 Jon Burkett

Families at Hanover swimming facility shocked by coach’s arrest on sex charges CBS 6 Legal Analyst Ed Riley discusses a recent case involving taking indecent liberties with children in Mechanicsville with CBS News 6

Police may not have enough evidence to make case in alleged attempted abduction Ed Riley discusses controversial attempted abduction case in Powhatan County with CBS 6 News reporter Jon Burkett

Woman accused of leaving kids in hot car to appear in court Legal Expert Ed Riley discusses a recent murder case with CBS News 6 anchor Cheryl Miller

Virginia Criminal Justice Conference (VCJC)     September 2009 Ed Riley is elected to a two year term as Co-Chair of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference

Local Doctor Facing Federal Charges May 2009 Ed Riley comments to News Channel 6 regarding Federal Prescription Fraud and Tax Evasion allegations

Virginia Business Magazine     December 2008 Ed Riley is recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite”

6th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar      April 2010 Ed Riley assists Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice host Due Process Seminar

Hanover Jury Finds Teacher Not Guilty of Indecent Liberties      December 2010 Defense Attorney Ed Riley interviewed by NBC 12 after securing Jury trial acquittal

Continuing Legal Education:

  • Speaker, “I Feel the Need for Speed!” Practice in Traffic Court, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, November 2008
  • The Art of Persuasion: Painting Powerful Images In DUI Cases
  • Speaker, “How to Defend the DUI,” 4th Annual Public Defender Seminar, April  2008
  • 4th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner
  • Speaker, “DUI and other Serious Traffic Defenses: Recent Updates and Defenses” – VTLA: Annual Criminal Law Seminar, September 2006
  • Speaker, “A Traffic Law Update,” VTLA Annual Criminal Law Seminar, September 2004
  • Speaker, “Experts on DUI: What Works and What Doesn’t Work” VACDL Spring Meeting and Seminar May 2004
  • Speaker “How to Prepare Your Lawyer for a Criminal/Traffic Trial” VTLA Paralegal Seminar 2010
  • Speaker “Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography” VTLA Annual Criminal Law Seminar 2012

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Virginia Super Lawyers Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law are experienced Criminal, DUI, Reckless Driving Speeding Ticket Traffic Defense Attorneys who practice throughout the Commonwealth, including: Alberta, Ashland, Beaverdam, Bon Air, Bowling Green, Brunswick County, Caroline County, Chester, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie County, Doswell, Emporia, Glen Allen, Goochland County, Greensville County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Highland Springs, Hopewell, King William County, Lawrenceville, Midlothian, Mechanicsville, Montpelier, New Kent County, Louisa County, Petersburg, Powhatan County, Prince George County, Richmond, Rockville, Sandston, Short Pump, Spotsylvania County, Studley, Sussex County, Varina & Waverly. We also represent out-of-state clients.