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William Riley Attorney

William N. Riley is the principal-managing attorney of the Indianapolis-based law firm, Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC. His practice focuses on complex forms of plaintiff litigation such as class actions, pharmaceutical & medical device injury, product liability, defamation, and business litigation.

Will attended Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and was executive editor for the Indiana Law Journal. After graduating in 1989, William became one of the youngest lawyers in Indiana to be awarded the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and thereafter has earned a multitude of local and national law awards such as Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Attorneys Indiana, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and Nation’s Top One Percent of Lawyers 2015. As well, Will is a charter member of Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America.

Will has been lead counsel on groundbreaking cases that have greatly impacted the legal landscape on a local and national level. He has helped recover billions of dollars from corporations who have committed wrongdoing. When Will was a member of the Castano Plantiffs’ Legal Committee, he recovered $12.5 billion for the state of California and $3.9 billion for the State of Indiana from large tobacco companies. Recently, Will was a part of the allocation counsel in the $89 million nationwide payer/consumer settlement with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the Bextra and Celebrex drugs. Furthermore, Will was appointed to be part of the Purchase Claims Committee for Vioxx Multi District Litigation, which resulted in a $65 million settlement for the insurers against Merck.

Besides handling large class action lawsuits, Will has handled many personal injury cases. Will recovered $1.2 million for workers who fell from a billboard and $1.5 million for a woman motorcycle rider. Will strives to obtain the best results for all his clients, while endeavoring to treat them with compassion.

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