WASHINGTON, DC – January 8, 2020– Jenner & Block today announced that Joshua Riley is joining the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office. Mr. Riley is an experienced litigator and congressional investigations lawyer who has handled mission-critical matters for clients on the cutting-edge of their industries. Mr. Riley also previously served as general counsel on the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Law, and Technology.
“We are excited to welcome Josh to the firm,” said Co-Managing Partners Katya Jestin and Randall E. Mehrberg. “His success as a litigator and as a congressional investigations lawyer—both in private practice and in the Senate—make him an excellent fit for the firm and for our Washington office, which has become a go-to choice for companies involved in high-stakes, government-related disputes.”
“Josh brings with him valuable experience from the sensitive issues he has successfully navigated on behalf of his clients and from his time on Capitol Hill,” said Jenner & Block Chairman Thomas J Perrelli. “In addition, his demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice is central to us at Jenner & Block.”
Mr. Riley has helped clients navigate inquiries from a range of government agencies, including a significant number of congressional investigations, and he has advised senior executives, including leaders of Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing start-ups, on testifying before various congressional committees. Mr. Riley recently worked with a team of Jenner & Block attorneys in representing Apple in a House Judiciary Committee antitrust inquiry. As general counsel for a Senate Subcommittee, Mr. Riley oversaw and participated in high-profile investigations and hearings, and he managed a broad legislative portfolio that ranged from telecommunications policy to criminal justice reform and included multiple bills that were enacted into law.
“I have had the pleasure of working as congressional investigations co-counsel with Josh, and I know that his strategic judgment and deep knowledge of Washington, DC will be valuable to clients who are navigating issues before all three branches of the federal government. Josh’s commitment to public service and pro bono work makes him an excellent fit with Jenner & Block’s culture and our values,” said Emily Loeb, co-chair of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice.
Mr. Riley’s litigation practice has focused on complex civil matters in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Riley represented Palantir Technologies in its precedent-setting lawsuit against the US Department of Defense, resulting in reforms to the Pentagon’s approach to procuring battlefield intelligence software. In 2018, Mr. Riley was named The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week after obtaining a settlement in a high-profile defamation matter. Mr. Riley’s pro bono work includes successfully representing low-income and special needs children in a civil rights lawsuit against the State of Florida to improve access to health care services. He also has submitted amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court on behalf of former law enforcement officials challenging the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, and he has helped individuals protect their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Mr. Riley will join Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice and its Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. His arrival at Jenner & Block follows that of Aaron R. Cooper, the former lead Minority counsel in the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation and a former cybercrime prosecutor at the US Department of Justice, who joined the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice in December 2020.
“Jenner & Block has the nation’s premier Congressional Investigations Practice, an elite team of accomplished litigators and former senior government officials, and an unparalleled commitment to pro bono work and the public interest. I know that Jenner & Block’s collaborative, team-oriented culture is able to deliver exceptional results for clients, and I’m honored to join the firm,” Mr. Riley said.
Mr. Riley joins Jenner & Block from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, where he had been a partner since 2016. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School, and he earned his BA from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Riley clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2020, Law360 named Mr. Riley as one of four “Rising Stars” nationally in the field of technology. In 2019, Mr. Riley was named to The National Law Journal’s “40 under 40” list of Rising Stars for Washington, DC. In 2018, Mr. Riley was named to DCA Live’s “40 under 40” list of Rising Stars for Washington, DC.