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Biography: Peter W. Riley

Peter W. Riley

Direct Dial: 612-344-0425
Years in Practice: 43

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice

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Paralegal  Rebecca Lerfald

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Since 1977, Peter has dedicated himself exclusively to representing persons who have suffered serious injury or the death of family member. When he began practice in 1977, the first case which he worked on was representing families of two of the men who died in the sinking of the ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald. Inspired by the success of that case, he has gone on to obtain many substantial settlements and verdicts. He recovered over $1,000,000 for a young woman struck and severely injured by an uninsured motorist, over $225,000 for a young man whose hand was injured by a farm auger, as well as over $11,000,000 for a young woman severely injured in a car crash. He recovered a verdict of $450,000 for a victim of medical malpractice, and over $1,000,000 for the family of a man killed in a boat collision, as well as over $1,100,000 for the family of a construction worker killed in a building collapse. More recently he recovered over $8,000,000 for a family injured in a collision in a highway construction zone.

Peter has been widely recognized for his abilities and skills as a trial lawyer. He has been awarded the “AV” rating by the nationally recognized Martindale – Hubbell Law Directory - this is the highest rating achievable for legal ability and for faithful adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability, and diligence. He has also been named a Leading Minnesota Attorney and “Super Lawyer” in handling personal injury claims. In 2017, Peter received the award for personal injury attorney of the year by Best Lawyers in America©. In addition, he has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only organization of skilled and experienced trial lawyers and served as president of the Minnesota chapter in 2007. He has been elected a Trustee of the ABOTA Foundation, named to its National Executive Committee, and awarded the Masters in Trial Award. Peter has since been elected Vice-President of the foundation and in 2020 will be serving as President.   

Peter is listed in the book “Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward/White in the area of Personal Injury practice, and was named an Attorney of the Year in 2004 by the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper. He has been a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice since 1977 and served as its president in 2004.

Peter observes:

“The individuals and families I represent are facing difficult challenges in recovering from their injuries or the loss of a loved one. In addition, the insurance companies and corporations responsible for compensating the injury victims I represent are powerful and represented by skilled lawyers. It is an honor to be asked to represent individuals and family members and to level the playing field so that my clients are fully and fairly compensated for their losses.”


Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Product Liability
Medical Malpractice
Legal Malpractice

Minnesota State Bar, 1977
U.S. Federal District Court - District of Minnesota, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978

University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1977
Williams College, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
Blake School, Minneapolis, MN, 1970

1991 and became a shareholder in 2002

Deparcq, Hunegs, Stone & Koenig, 1977-91

Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
- President 2003-2004
American Association for Justice, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association
- Chairman Litigation Sec. 1983-84
Minnesota State Bar Association
- Chairman Jury Task Force 1993-95
- Committee on No-Fault Arbitration 1989-95
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
- National board member
- President, Minnesota Chapter 2006-2007
American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators
William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Teacher
The Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys, Member
International Society of Barristers, Member
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers, Member
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
Professional Committee of State Bar Association, Member (1987-89)
Civil Trial Certification Council, Member (1990-95)
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, Board of Directors (2005-2006)
Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD, Member (Board Chair 2006-2007)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Downhill skiing, boating, tennis, family, volunteering for Twin Cities Public Television