Riley Law Firm

A Texas Civil Trial Law Firm

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Tim Riley*

Riley Law Firm

Principal Office Houston, Texas

The Civil Justice Center  (driving directions here)
112 E. 4th St.
Houston, TX 77007-2502
Phone (713) 646-1000
Toll Free (800) 637-1955
Fax (800) 637-1955

Rio Grande Valley Office (meetings by appointment only)

1002 E. Taylor St.
Brownsville, TX 78520-7120
Phone (956) 550-8825

*  Board-Certified, Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury
Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


Jan. 2014.  Firm announces planned launch of new website to address growing problem of insufficiently diagnosed and treated severe sepsis and septic shock.  Pending State Bar approval, website to debut Spring 2014.

Nov. 2013.  Riley selected as one of "Houston's Top Lawyers 2013" by Houstonia Magazine.

October 2013.  Firm settles multiple defendant Texas medical malpractice lawsuit.  Terms confidential.

Sept. 2013.  Riley delivers Continuing Legal Education program to large group of lawyers on topic of proximate cause.  Video available at  Presentation begins at 5:40 into clip.

May 2013.  Riley recognized among "2013 Top Lawyers of Houston" by H Texas Magazine

May 2013.  Riley re-elected as President of Harris County Democratic Lawyers' Association

May 2013.  Riley again selected for 2013 Texas Super Lawyers®.

September 2012.  Firm settles failure to timely diagnose subdural hematoma case.  Terms confidential.

September 2012.  New blog post: "Extension of the Wind Tax Credit: Opponents, Get a Grip"

April 2012.  Riley elected President of Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association.  See

April 2012.  Riley again selected as 2012 Texas Super Lawyers®.

March 2012.    New blog post on recent Texas Supreme Court case: "Further Assault on the Right to Trial by Jury"

January 2012.    Firm settles failure to diagnose prostate cancer case.  Terms confidential.

September 2011.    Firm settles part of Hurricane Ike insurance property damage claim.  Terms confidential.

August 2011.    Firm settles commercial shareholder oppression lawsuit at pre-trial mediation.

July 2011.    Firm files hospital negligence suit in state district court in Harris County, Texas.

July 2011.    Firm files medical negligence suit arising from allegations of brain damage in state district court in Harris County, Texas.

June 2011.    Texas Lawyer/Texas Monthly again selects Riley for inclusion for 2011 in Texas Super Lawyers®.

April 20, 2011.    H-Texas Magazine again names Riley as one of "Top Lawyers of Houston" for 2011.  Fourth straight year.

April 2011.    Firm settles wrongful death-medical malpractice case against health care institution.  Details of settlement confidential.  (See cautionary disclaimer regarding case individuality factors below.)

March 2011.    Firm files wrongful-death medical malpractice suit against hospital and three physician defendants.  Case arises from allegations of untimely diagnosed tuberculous meningitis.  Suit filed in Dallas County.

December 14, 2010.   Firm files case against two insurers arising from unpaid damages after Hurricane Ike in 2008.  Suit filed in Harris County District Court.

November 2, 2010.    Despite receiving over 442,000 votes, Riley loses bid as Democratic nominee for 14th Court of Appeals.  Read post-election statement here

October 2010.    Firm settles failure to diagnose medical malpractice lawsuit.  Details of settlement confidential.  (See cautionary disclaimer regarding case individuality factors below.)

October 2010.    Firm settles medical malpractice lawsuit involving injury to common bile duct during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  Details of settlement confidential.  (See cautionary disclaimer regarding case individuality factors below.)

October 2010.    Firm settles product liability lawsuit involving power hand tool.  Details of settlement confidential.  (See cautionary disclaimer regarding case individuality factors below.)

July 2010.   Auto accident case tried in 129th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.  Result is plaintiff's verdict with damage finding three times highest pre-trial settlement offer.

July 2010.   Texas Lawyer/Texas Monthly selects Riley for inclusion for 2010 in Texas Super Lawyers®.

May 2010.  Riley receives part-time appointment as adjunct faculty member Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law for Fall 2010 semester.

April 2010.   Riley again selected by H-Texas Magazine as one of "Houston's Top Lawyers" for 2010.

March 2010.  Riley wins Democratic nomination for 14th Court of Appeals, Place 9, November 2010 election.

February 2010.  Firm settles auto-truck collision case in Rio Grande Valley.  Wrongful death and brain damage to survivor.

January 2010.  Firm settles tainted food lawsuit, which resulted in permanent pain condition for client.  Details of settlement confidential.  (See cautionary disclaimer regarding case individuality factors below.)

December 23, 2009.  Riley files for Democratic nomination for Houston Court of Appeals, 14th District, Place 9, in November 2010 general election.  See the press release here

June 2009.    Riley passes 20 year anniversary of receiving Martindale-Hubbell peer recognition of highest "a-v" rating.  Rating considers both ethical standards and quality of legal work product.  Recognition first awarded to firm principal as six year lawyer in 1989, and awarded thereafter annually for 20 years through 2009.

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September 7, 2003.  Riley appears on WB Channel 39 to oppose Proposition 12 on 9-13-03 ballot.  Download the video clip here.

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About Riley Law Firm:

Welcome to Riley Law Firm.  The firm is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and also has an office in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  This law firm is exclusively dedicated to Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.

Riley Law Firm was founded by Tim Riley.  Mr. Riley has been practicing civil trial and personal injury trial law for more than 24 years.  He has tried scores of lawsuits and settled hundreds of cases prior to trial.  Mr. Riley personally handles every lawsuit his firm accepts.  He is Board-Certified, in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Riley has also been honored by his peers, for many years,  in the Martindale-Hubbell publication with the highest possible designation of "a-v."  He also has been elected as an Advocate Member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

This firm's philosophies are that: (a) aggressiveness and excellence in representation lead to the best results; (b) all clients have a right to full information about their lawyer and their case; (c) the vast majority of cases benefit from being developed under the assumption that the case is likely to be tried; and (d) all clients should be afforded the right to participate in case development decisions. 

In accordance with those philosophies, this website is intended to be a comprehensive information source for potential clients.  To read Mr. Riley's full resume, just click here.  Click here to see the short version of the resume.  Mr. Riley's published appellate cases can be viewed by clicking here.  His published papers are available here.  Short topic papers are listed below.  We also encourage you to contact us, which you can do by calling Mr. Riley personally, at 713.646.1000, or by e-mail by clicking here. You can request a case review, make a suggestion or comment, or raise a complaint.  Whatever you have to say about the website, we would like to hear from you.

In addition to his private law practice, Mr. Riley also serves part-time as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center.  In March 2002, Riley was elected, in a contested primary, as the Democratic nominee for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas.  However, the 18 year Republican incumbent, Tom DeLay, prevailed in the November 5, 2002, general election. 

Again, thanks for visiting the website.  If you would like to provide feedback or contact us with a problem, click here.

Tim Riley

Current Practice and Interest Areas for Riley Law Firm:

Medical Malpractice

Commercial Disputes

Arbitration Disputes

Civil Appellate Law

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Medical Device and Products Litigation

Automobile Accidents

Products Liability

Auto Dealer Extended Warranty Claims

Legal Malpractice

Insurance Disputes from Policyholder's Perspective

Sexual Harassment

Class Actions

Wrongful Discharge and Employment Litigation


Important Notices:

The information on this site is for informational purposes.  Neither the posting of this website nor your response to same creates an attorney-client relationship.

However, if you are seeking legal counsel, ordinarily an inquiry to a lawyer regarding same would be deemed privileged by the attorney-client privilege, even if no attorney-client relationship is ultimately created.  That result cannot be guaranteed, though, and if you are concerned about the confidentiality of a communication you should not send it. 

We make diligent efforts to respond to each legitimate and appropriate e-mail inquiry on a timely basis.  However, you are not guaranteed to receive a response to any e-mail inquiry, and the firm is not obligating itself to consult with anyone or provide any analysis or response by the posting of this website. Neither the posting of this web page, the acceptance of e-mail, nor the return of an e-mail inquiry, is intended to create an attorney-client relationship, and does not create any obligation on behalf of either side. Riley Law Firm will only enter into a lawyer-client relationship when a complete contract has been signed by both the client and the law firm, after a full and thorough discussion and an appropriate investigation of the applicable facts.

Tim Riley is the only lawyer employed with Riley Law Firm.  Mr. Riley is Board-Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

Riley Law Firm cannot and does not guarantee the success of any case the firm may handle on behalf of a client. Your ability to prevail in any claim is entirely dependent on the individual facts of your claim. Past success in similar claims is no guarantee or indication that similar results necessarily can be obtained with respect to your claim. Also, even if you are able to prevail on a claim, that does not necessarily mean that you will be able to collect on the claim or judgment.  In addition, any amounts received in settlement or payment of a judgment would not be net amounts payable to the client.  From the recovery, ordinarily all attorneys' fees and expenses of litigation must be deducted.  Moreover, any recovery may be subject to federal or state income taxes.

Claims can be handled on an hourly fee basis, a pure contingency fee basis, or a negotiated partial hourly/partial contingency fee basis. If handled on a pure contingency fee basis, the recovery to the attorney is negotiable, but those fees generally range from 33 1/3% to 50% of any recovery, depending on many factors.  Although this is also negotiable, if accepted on a contingency fee basis, in most instances the client is not required to advance any fees, expenses, or costs in connection with the claim. However, in that instance any expenses incurred in connection with the claim would be reimbursed to the law firm out of the client's portion of any recovery. In other words, the contingent fee calculation is based on the gross amount of the recovery, before subtraction of expenses.


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