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February 3, 2014

Top White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Joins Conrad O’Brien

Conrad O'Brien is pleased to announce that seasoned white collar criminal defense lawyer and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack E. Riley has joined the Firm as a partner.  Jack is resident in the Firm's West Chester, Pennsylvania office and will focus his practice on internal corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense. 


In private practice for over 20 years, Jack has successfully defended scores of individuals and businesses. One of his most notable cases was the nine-week federal court trial of the former ranking Republican in Congress, Congressman Joseph McDade, who was acquitted of all criminal charges including racketeering, bribery, and conspiracy. Jack’s approach to his practice is grounded in the philosophy that each client’s case deserves constant attention and evaluation at each juncture. A sizeable part of his practice is advising businesses concerning compliance with complex laws and regulations to avoid the risk of criminal investigations. 


A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Jack has tried numerous complex jury trials and handled a myriad of long-term grand jury investigations. Some of his work is the stuff movies are made about.  As a U.S. Attorney, he successfully deported a Nazi war criminal who had participated with German forces in the persecution of Jews in Russia, culminating in the death of thousands in a mass killing.  In that case, United States v. Kowalchuk, Jack traveled behind the Iron Curtain and Israel to conduct depositions of holocaust survivors. In 1979, he received a Special Achievement Award from the Attorney General of the United States in recognition of sustained superior performance.  


Jack is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played varsity football (B.A. 1972) and Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1975).