For the past twelve years, Riley has been named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine, whose extensive research covers all areas of the law in attempting to identify, from more than a million lawyers nationwide, the 500 best lawyers in America.
In 2016, he was named a Lawdragon Legend, one of 92 in the country at the time, for having been named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers for 10 consecutive years. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the highest and most coveted ratings possible for legal ability and ethical standards, and is identified in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and was also given its Special Edition Judicial Award based on feedback from the Bar and Judiciary.
Riley was also selected as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, where less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor — the most exclusive and elite level of litigators.
Riley was first named to SuperLawyers in 2006 and continues to be recognized by his peers for his skill in business litigation (less than 5% are named). He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, as published in Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report (1%), in Commercial Litigation and Plaintiff's Personal Injury, and his firm, Riley Allen Law, is recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America as published in U.S. News & World Report. Riley was selected a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association (less than 1%). He was selected to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® (1%) and is recognized as a Top-Rated "Superb" Lawyer by AVVO.
Riley has consistently been recognized as one of Orlando's Top Attorneys in Orlando Home & Leisure, Orlando Style, Orlando Life, and Orlando Magazine, as well as one of Florida's and the Nation's Top Attorneys by The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, Town & Country Magazine, Southern Living, The Economist, The Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Magazine, Florida Trend, The Miami Herald, and Miami Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America in recognition of his achievements as a trial lawyer (less than 1%), and also identified in Outstanding Lawyers in America and Best Attorneys in America.
Riley has been recognized in every Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in American Law since 1985. In 2018, Riley was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 and 2015, he was named Trial Attorney of the Year in Florida by Corporate International Magazine and Corporate Live Wire. In 2015 and 2017, he was named the Trial Attorney of the Year in Florida by Lawyer Monthly and in 2017 was named Wrongful Death Trial Lawyer of the Year in the United States by Lawyer Monthly and Finance Monthly. In 2016, Riley was named Legal Gamechanger of the Year (USA) by ACQ Global Awards. His firm was named Personal Injury Trial Firm of the Year in 2017 by Global Law Experts. He was also named one of America's Most Honored Professionals in 2017 by American Registry.
Riley has achieved, based on "word of mouth" referrals and without television advertising, more than seventy-five (75) settlements and verdicts in excess of one million dollars, and numerous results in excess of eight figures. He achieved a $13,000,000.00, result in a bad faith insurance case, one of the largest bad faith results achieved in Florida, and one which the insurance carrier could have resolved for $20,000.00, had it acted appropriately. More recently, he co-counseled a whistleblower claim with a result of $32M for the payment of illegal kickbacks, and achieved a jury verdict of $1,700,000.00, against a well known hotel for negligent security where the pre-trial offer was very minimal. In addition to the verdict, the hotel defendants, whose legal counsel claimed a 99% boastful chance of winning, paid $3,000,000.00, in attorneys' fees because they rejected the reasonable offers to resolve the case prior to trial. So much for the boasting of the lawyers. Riley has mastered the handling of the most complex, "high stakes" cases imaginable that most lawyers shy away from.
After independently financing his undergraduate and law school educations through academic scholarships and working, graduating with honors, Riley began his career as an insurance defense trial lawyer with the very respected firm of Pitts, Eubanks & Ross, P.A., (formerly Pitts, Eubanks, Ross & Rumberger, P.A.), where he gained immeasurable experience working directly with one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, Alton G. Pitts. In 1985, after only three years, the firm was founded based on Riley's immeasurable passion, endless drive, and fearless approach to taking on the most difficult tasks. "And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag…and his sling was in his hand and he drew near to the Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:40). David did not wait on Goliath.
Riley painted houses, mowed lawns, worked in the Post Office sorting mail and on the loading dock, and worked as a carpenter, custodian, and law clerk (for two years while in law school), but wouldn't change a thing. It shaped him to understand what a true work ethic is and to just as importantly be able to relate to anyone from any background.
Riley Allen Law (February 20, 1985 – present)
RILEY ALLEN LAW is a 30-year plus “word of mouth” boutique law firm specializing in "high stakes" civil litigation, including business and commercial litigation, bad faith insurance, dangerous products, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, professional negligence, construction litigation, intellectual property litigation, consumer fraud, securities fraud, healthcare compliance and fraud, and whistleblower litigation. Riley’s precise focus in the healthcare arena is on legal compliance and the creation of the most rigorous and lawfully compliant business models in the country, an emphasis developed through his concentration on The False Claims Act (the “Lincoln Law”), (FCA, 31 USC §§3729-3733); Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS, 42 USC §1320a-7b(b)); Stark Law (42 USC §1395nn); Medicare and Medicaid fraud; and related unlawful, fraudulent, and deceptive business practices in the pharmaceutical, medical, and medical device fields. He handled his first Medicare fraud case in 1985 and facilitated sending a blatantly fraudulent physician to federal prison and his first False Claims Act case in 1986 when Congress amended the statute to strengthen it.
Riley has litigated and tried "high stakes" and complex cases throughout Florida and the United States from east coast to west coast with a well-recognized track record of significant results. He has lectured throughout the State of Florida, including as a continuing legal education speaker, on topics involving: medicine; healthcare regulation and compliance; business and consumer fraud; claims handling and bad faith insurance; jury selection and connection; and settlement, litigation, and trial techniques and the interconnected law. He has served as a trial competition judge on behalf of the American Association for Justice, (formerly ATLA), the Florida Justice Association, (formerly AFTL), and The Florida Bar. He is a Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Riley is admitted to practice throughout the State of Florida and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the State of Nevada throughout its state and federal courts. He is an honors graduate of Florida State University, where he received his law degree.
Riley has argued appellate cases, orally or in writing, in four of the five district courts of appeal in Florida; argued or assisted in arguing orally or in writing before the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court (Blackstone Medical Inc. v. United States ex rel. Hutcheson, U.S., No. 11-269, review denied December 5, 2011)
Riley has been named to or recognized by diverse peer reviewed publications and organizations, as well as local and national publications, that rate or recognize the quality and ability of lawyers including:
* Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (less than one percent are invited);
* Recognized as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine for twelve (12) consecutive years, 2007-2018, and named a Lawdragon Legend, (92 lawyers in the United States were named a Legend as of 2016);
* Named to Best Lawyers in America and identified in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms (Commercial Litigation & Plaintiff’s Personal Injury);
* Selected as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States
receive this honor — the most exclusive and elite level of litigators and also named to America's Top 100 Attorneys ® (100 attorneys in each state are selected);
* Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) (invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers);
* Top Attorneys in Florida (Wall Street Journal, Time, Southern Living, The Economist, and Town & Country Magazine); Newsweek's "25 Leaders in Personal Injury, Entertainment, & Family Law" & Newsweek's "Top Attorneys in Florida";
* Orlando's Top Lawyers (Orlando Home & Leisure, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Life, & Orlando Style);
* Florida’s Top Attorneys (The Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, Tampa Tribune, and Tampa Bay Magazine);
* Florida's Legal Elite; Outstanding Lawyers in America; Best Attorneys in America (Rue Publishing);
* Nevada's Legal Elite (Nevada Business Magazine) & Nevada's Top Attorneys;
* Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World;
* Awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who (less than 1/2 of 1%);
* "Personal Injury Trial Lawyer of the Year" in Florida (Global Law Experts & Corporate LiveWire, 2014 & 2015, and Lawyers Monthly, 2015);
* Florida Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (since 2006) (less than 5% are named);
* Named Gamechanger of the Year (Riley Allen) by Game Changers Magazine and ACQ5, and Riley Allen Law named Complex Litigation Law Firm of the Year (2019);
* Recognized as a Litigation Legend by the Federal Bar Association (along with the very respected Herb Allen of Allen, Dyer, et. al, and David King of King, Blackwell, et. al, September 15, 2015);
* Long-standing member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (since 1993) having achieved more than seventy-five settlements or verdicts in excess of one million dollars and numerous results over $10 million. He achieved a $13,000,000.00, result (paid in full) in a bad faith insurance case, one of the largest bad faith results ever achieved in Florida, and one which the insurance carrier could have resolved for $20,000.00, had it acted appropriately; and,
* AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell & listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, as well as its Judicial Edition, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards.
Career – Speaker & Writer
Riley has been a speaker and writer dating back to his undergraduate studies in the legal arena: Do Students Know Their Rights?; Insurance Litigation in Florida; The Bad Faith Insurance Manual; How to Litigate, Try, and Win the Complex Case; It Takes a Carpenter to Build a Barn, But Any Jackass Can Knock it Down; The Impact of Hutcheson v. Blackstone – It’s a New Day; Is the Independent Contractor Extinct in Healthcare? Or Have You Been Listening to Lawyers and Others Who Just Don’t Know?; Legal Compliance in the Present Day; Kevin Knows! He Wrote the Law! (OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Federal Register, Vol. 68, No. 86 (May 5, 2003)); Cut No Corners! What You Need to Know (to be legally compliant); and, Is the Proposal for Settlement Dead in the 5th DCA? His professional writings have not been limited to the legal field, as he co-authored a publication in the field of neurology published in Headache, sponsored by the Journal of Neurology, with his good friend, John Rothrock, M.D., one of the most respected neurologists in the country and a Professor of Neurology.
Guardian Ad Litem
Realizing how fortunate we are, I have tried not to relinquish my responsibility to give back. In an effort to encourage others to give of their time to children in desperate need, and only for that reason, I would recite that I have been blessed to serve as a pro bono Guardian Ad Litem for more than 70 children over my adult career and to be named by the Orange County Bar Association in 1997 as the first ever recipient of the Honorable Thomas S. Kirk, Guardian Ad Litem of the Year Award, presented by his gracious widow. The Juvenile Justice Center is named after Judge Kirk, a phenomenal human being and a judge who truly cared, and before whom I appeared over one hundred times. Prior to 1997, I received numerous Awards of Merit from the Orange County Bar Association and in 1993 was given the Award of Excellence. I was also a volunteer juvenile counselor at the Durocher House (named after another great individual, Judge Joseph Durocher). Our oldest son, Dalton, who is about to complete his third year of law school, became a Guardian Ad Litem prior to starting law school, which he too has found to be very rewarding and life altering. I encourage all to "get involved." It will be life altering for you as well.
I have been active for many years in charitable and humanitarian organizations, including the Orlando Brain Injury Support Group, the Florida Head Injury Foundation, the National Head Injury Foundation, the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club, the National Stroke Association, The Good Samaritan Fund, and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. I currently serve or have served on the Boards of several uniquely innovative, technology driven medical companies (RBC Medical, Physicians’ Pharmaceutical Solutions, Cadira, and Vicrin®) dedicated to changing the face of healthcare from post-disease diagnosis and treatment to prevention and averting major causes of sickness or death in asymptomatic patients while also supporting assorted humanitarian causes. I have also chaired or co-chaired many fundraising activities for various charitable, religious, and educational organizations. I helped create the "Black Tie and Blue Jeans" bi-annual fundraiser on behalf of The Park Maitland School and served as its Chair.
I serve on the Board of the College of Law at Florida State University and frequently visit and speak with students to provide practical, “real world” insight. I additionally serve, along with my wife, Mary, on the Board of MADI, which stands for "Make a Difference Intimate" Apparel. Mary and I met the prospective start-up founder and recent college graduate, Hayley Besheer, at dinner one night in New Smyrna Beach. That was in 2012 and she’s turned an altruistic dream into a powerful humanitarian tool. We’ve been blessed to come along for the ride. Underwear is the most under-donated clothing item in the world, acutely so for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. MADI manufactures sustainable organic women’s underwear in the United States and donates one pair for every pair we sell to domestic violence shelters and sexual assault clinics. MADI similarly travels the world to empower women in need, most recently traveling to Ecuador and Mexico, not just to provide gifts of free apparel, but to teach the skills that inspire reaching independence.
My legal experience has undeniably opened doors to many other endeavors I may never have been exposed to. I treasure the fact that the skills acquired as a passionate and driven trial lawyer benefit my aspiration to give back.
The Art of Medicine
I am delighted to serve on the Board of the Art of Medicine Foundation founded by the CEO of the First Green Bank, Ken LaRoe, and his wife, Dr. Cindy LaRoe. The most recent Art of Medicine Gala was held on October 20, 2017, at the Orlando Museum of Art. (www.artofmedicinegala.org). The next Gala will be held in Spring 2019. Dr. Oliver Sacks, Author, Neurologist, and recognized as the “Poet Laureate of Medicine,” said the brain is the “most incredible thing in the universe.” He described the brain as “unimaginably complex and beautiful.” It resembles the most sophisticated Symphony Orchestra comprised of thousands of instruments “that conducts itself.” Loved ones and friends may unfortunately experience damage to their individual instruments and that damage can have a lasting and occasionally devastating impact. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a sudden jolt, bump, blow, or penetrating injury to the head. Explosive blasts can also cause TBI, particularly, among those in the military.
The Art of Medicine Foundation is dedicated to providing TBI financial support and research. We partner with the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida, forerunners in the fields of TBI, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s research. Physicians and others in the medical field, who have sustained a TBI or suffered a similar malady, contribute their art to the program (along with other artists who have not been injured).
Journey of Hope
I am the co-founder and co-developer with my close friend and well-known Boston-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Arno Sungarian, of proprietary TBI intellectual property in the mid-development stage that will provide assistance to thousands upon thousands of TBI victims and aid them in their journey to recovery and/or acceptance. TBI results in 2.2 million Emergency Department visits per year, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. In the largest study released to date, the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that veterans are killing themselves at a rate of 22 deaths a day - or one every 65 minutes, on average, and more than 69 percent of veteran suicides are among individuals aged 50 years, or older. In 2012, suicide outpaced combat deaths, with 349 active-duty suicides - almost one a day. Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) co-occurs with TBI in approximately 40% of military personnel and 15% to 30% of civilian TBI patients. And, many veterans are misdiagnosed as suffering from PTSD alone when they actually suffer from TBI or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) (think Mike Webster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Will Smith movie, Concussion) attributable to combat exposure to mortar blasts and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in close proximity. CTE is now a recognized endemic in the pro football arena, but the impact of this devastating disease process extends to many other impact sports and activities and to the high school population, if not even younger. This proprietary intellectual property is intended to bridge the gap of understanding for survivors in all three arenas while providing much needed, but currently unavailable, specifically tailored support.
Authorship – The Freedom Kids ™
I am a co-founder and co-author, along with my partner and close friend, Erik Raymond, of The Freedom Kids. The Freedom Kids delivers a narrative-based historical fiction series that teaches kids America’s true history. It is impossible to teach the founding of America and American History without acknowledging God’s impact. Faith in God motivated phenomenal individuals to sacrifice so much in the pursuit of liberty. It's also impossible to teach American History without the legacy of Judeo-Christian values and how they are intertwined within the American Founding. The Freedom Kids bridges the gap by teaching the complete story of our American History in an entertaining, fictional format that allows kids to learn, retain, and appreciate those who have helped to make America hands down the greatest country in the world with freedoms that everyone else aspires to attain.
Learn along with Professor Waldo Franklin and his band of adventurous Freedom Kids - Jax, Raven, Mo, and Amelia. The Freedom Kids find their inspiration, not in the mundane memorization of dates and names of the past, but in the stories they travel back in time to experience firsthand - the stories of amazing individuals who never gave up or gave in and forged ahead for freedom’s sake that formed the foundation for all that we enjoy today.
I co-developed, designed, and patented with Boston-based (UMass) neurosurgeon, Dr. Arno Sungarian, an expandable spinal fusion intervertebral cage that is unique in the spinal arena because it maintains lordosis (the normal curvature of the spine that is lost with conventional surgical fusion procedures). Maintaining lordosis provides greater function, range of motion, and stability, and greatly decreases the future need for surgery at adjacent levels often created from the anatomical stress of prior fusion procedures. This cage can be pre-filled with biologics prior to implantation as well as post-filled in situ (while in place in the intended location, again unique in the spinal arena). It is expanded in situ to provide the best possible fit within the adjacent vertebral bodies while maintaining lordosis.
Patent No.: US 9,233,007 B2
Date of Patent: January 12, 2016.
Inventors: Arno Sungarian, MD, Shrewsbury, Mass., W. Riley Allen, Apopka, FL, Philip Kuszpa, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Bradley Cole, Winter Springs, FL.
Riley and his wife, Mary Faith, have been married for twenty-nine (29) years and have three sons: Dalton, Chase, and, Troy. Dalton recently graduated from Stetson Law School (where he was a co-editor of the Law Review, national trial team member, recipient of several academic awards, and graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude), and accepted a position upon graduation with the very respected firm of Hill, Ward, & Henderson, P.A., in Tampa; Chase recently graduated with degrees in biology, organic chemistry, and biomedical physics from Florida State, and just started law school at FSU on a full scholarship; and Troy is a straight As student, just turned senior at FSU, studying computer science, cybersecurity, and mathematics. Since they were old enough to participate, Riley coached his boys and many of their friends in numerous sporting activities, including soccer, football, basketball, track, and many water sports, including surfing, focusing on athletic development, but, more importantly, on sportsmanship and enjoyment. He has also served multiple terms on the Vestry of his church and presided as the Senior Warden of the Vestry for twelve (12) different annual terms, where his boys also served on the altar. Despite a busy professional and personal life, he continues to participate in competitive sports as he has done his entire life. He has traveled the world (Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bahamas, and Nicaragua) enjoying his passion for surfing. Surfing, particularly in third world countries, provides great "life" lessons and the opportunity to interact with and assist those far less fortunate, another long-standing commitment Riley has made with multiple return visits to help make a difference. And, surfing in big waves, though certainly requiring a level of fearlessness, fosters respect and a humble attitude while balancing enjoyment of sport with the attendant risks. This has always helped to fuel Riley's drive as a trial lawyer.