Steven A. Riley

Practice Areas

  • Premises Liability
  • Auto Liability
  • Liquor/Dram Shop Liability
  • Stucco Construction
  • Asbestos Defense
  • Breach of Contracts


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1985
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1985
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


Area of focus: Defense Litigation including product liability including: product liability, toxic tort, premises liability, construction defense, asbestos defense, stucco defense, Dram Shop defense, auto liability, UM/UIM defense, defamation, wrongful discharge, breach of employment contract litigation, commercial contracts actions.

Summary of experience

  • Tried both bench trials and jury trials and arbitrated cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Also, successfully secured summary judgments and successfully argued an appeal in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
  • Wrote several articles published in the Chester County Daily News and appeared on a local radio broadcast in Chester County, PA to discuss the role of an attorney in defending individuals and companies in litigation. Also, has been chosen to be an arbitrator in Philadelphia and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania.
  • In addition to his litigation practice, has represented professional athletes in playing contract and endorsement contract negotiations and has represented an IT company drafting and negotiating technology, consulting and software licensing contracts.


Representative Cases

  • Represented a New Jersey landscaping business in several actions arising out of its snow and ice clearing business. Secured dismissal of the client in one case and won summary judgments in several others
  • Won a Summary Judgment for a commercial landlord of an apartment complex in a slip and fall of a severely injured tenant. Evidenced that the landlord was not responsible for the condition alleged to have caused the injury
  • Won a Summary Judgment for a Virginian commercial deck designer for an alleged defective deck that caused over $400,000 of damage. The judgment was appeals to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and successfully defended the dismissal of the case
  • Successfully represented auto carriers in uninsured and underinsured cases, winning dismissal or summary judgments on behalf of the insurance companies
  • Defended a driver in a multiple vehicle accident in Pennsylvania, winning summary judgment prior to trial

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Chester County Cares, Board Member and President of the Board, 1999 to 2006
  • American Red Cross, Chester County Advisory Board/Red Cross Cup Golf Fundraiser, 2000 to 2005

Past Positions

  • McCormick & Priore, P.C, Associate, 2014 to 2022
  • SunGard Availability Services, Corporate Counsel, 2007 to 2012