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Areas of Practice

  • Construction Defect Claims

  • Construction Defect Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California (1990)

  • United States District Court, Northern District of California (1990)

  • Supreme Court of the State of California (1990)


  • Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School (1990)

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)(1984)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO)

  • Community Association Institute (CAI)

  • California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Media Articles

  • Mr. Riley has authored numerous articles for the Sacramento Lawyer Magazine and for CACM Vision Magazine.

  • Mr. Riley has also been featured in the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Tri-Valley Herald, Sacramento Bee, Diablo Magazine, East Bay Living, and Today's Home.

Rick Riley


Richard P. Riley is a Managing Partner of Riley Pasek Canty LLP. Mr. Riley spent the first eight years of his career with a major Los Angeles law firm representing developers, subcontractors and their insurance companies in various types of litigation matters. This experience provided him with particular case evaluation knowledge and a unique understanding of the complexities of insurance coverage issues facing developers and their insurers.

For the past 31 years, Mr. Riley has exclusively represented individual homeowners and community associations as small as 10 units and as large as 700 

units in all types of construction from traditional wood framing to steel frame high-rise buildings. He has technical expertise in several areas of construction, including concrete foundations, stucco systems, hardboard and fiber cement siding systems, tile roof systems, standing seam metal roof systems, high-rise buildings, subterranean garages, and geotechnical issues including soils movement and retaining walls.

Mr. Riley has extensive experience in working with community associations, their Boards of Directors, and community managers in complying with the Davis-Stirling Act and related California law. He advises common interest developments on general corporate matters, including governing document analysis and interpretation, compliance with Association’s maintenance, and repair obligations and compliance with SB800 Maintenance Manuals and Inspections.

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