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William N. Riley

At Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC, an Indianapolis based law firm, Will is the head attorney. His practice focuses on plaintiffs' complex litigation including class actions, pharmaceutical and medical device injury, product liability, serious personal injury, defamation and business litigation.

While Will studied at the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington in 1989, he was also the Executive Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. He was one of the youngest lawyers in Indiana to be awarded the prestigious AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which designates the highest rating for quality of representation and ethics. Due to his outstanding achievements, Will has been locally and nationally appraised numerously. Will has been honored numerous times locally and nationally with selections to Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Attorneys in Indiana, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent of Lawyers in 2015, and U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers, and Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Further, Will is a charter member of Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America.

Will has provided legal counsel in many cases that have impacted the legal community locally and nationally. He has provided his clients with billions dollars of recovery from corporations by proving their wrongdoing. Will was a member of the Castano Plaintiffs' Legal Committee that recovered $12.5 billion for the State of California and the litigation group that recovered $3.9 billion for the State of Indiana from the tobacco companies. Recently he served as one of the allocation counsel in the $89 million nationwide third party payer/consumer settlement with Pfizer for the drugs Bextra and Celebrex.

During the Vioxx Multi District Litigation, Will became part of the Purchase Claims Committee. The outcome resulted in retrieving $65 million in settlement for the insurers who fought Merck. Will has been appointed lead counsel in numerous class actions for consumer matters and settled class actions on a state and nationwide level. Will was co-lead counsel or lead counsel on class actions that compensated individuals who purchased off-specification gasoline from BP in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin purchased lead painted toys for their children, were wrongfully solicited vacations, or were sold illusory insurance.

Will has tried numerous cases to verdict. In 2013, after two years of appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court authorized the Hamilton Superior Court to release $17,255,397.17 to Will's client, Joseph Radcliff. This was a jury verdict and interest that had been won by Mr. Radcliff against State Farm for defaming him, in 2011 after a six week trial.