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Seasoned Trial Lawyer from Howrey Joins BartkoZankel

“We are pleased to welcome an attorney with the breadth and depth of Ben’s experience trying the type of large and complex business cases that our firm specializes in,” said Robert Bunzel, managing shareholder of Bartko Bunzel & Miller. “He is an excellent complement to our existing trial team and will be an asset to help us expand our practice, particularly with regard to technology litigation. Attracting an attorney of Ben’s caliber highlights our reputation in the legal community and is also a great indicator of future success.”

Mr. Riley has tried over 20 cases to verdict, including jury trials, court trials and complex arbitrations. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation, with specialties in technology-related litigation, trade secrets, patents, business accounting issues, contract and licensing matters, unfair competition, construction and real property litigation, and probate litigation. Mr. Riley co-led a team that obtained a defense verdict in a six-week securities class action jury trial with $240 million in dispute, which was reported to be the largest defense victory in a jury trial in California that year.

Mr. Riley is also an expert in commercial arbitration law and procedure and frequently handles significant matters before the world’s leading arbitration forums. He received a “California Lawyer of the Year” award and has been selected as one of 13 California attorneys listed in Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Mr. Riley also has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2005-2010. He is a past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, a 2000-member organization of the Bay Area’s top commercial and intellectual property judges and litigators.

“I am thrilled to be joining Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller,” said Riley. “The opportunity to take cases into the courtroom is in large part what attracted me to the firm. I am impressed with the strength and tenacity of the trial team and their success rate representing clients in high-stakes litigation. I am looking forward to working with them and helping to grow the trial team.”

BartkoZankel is a mid-sized San Francisco, California law firm that has been in business for over 35 years. The firm’s practice emphasizes complex business litigation, financial institution litigation, white-collar criminal defense and all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation. Other practice areas include franchise & distribution transactions and litigation, as well as corporate & business formation.