Chuck Riley, Special Counsel and Of Counsel

Background and Experience

Charles N. Riley, Esq. is a sole practitioner, of counsel to the Locks Law Firm. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1973. He was admitted to the Bar in the State of New Jersey in December 1973. From 1973-1979, he served as a prosecutor and criminal defense counsel in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from the United States Marine Corps. in August 1979 after 20 years of active duty. In September 1979 he joined the law firm of Tomar, Parks, Seliger, Simonoff, Adourian & O’Brien and became a partner in that law firm in 1984. He remained a partner until he formed his own firm in March 2000. He has tried over 75 cases, primarily in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and consumer fraud. His trials have included complex medical malpractice and complex commercial litigation. He has been certified as class counsel in several consumer fraud class action cases. His primary areas of practice are consumer fraud and personal injury. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association of Justice and past co-chair of the Consumer Law Section.

Mr. Riley has been co-counsel in several successful consumer fraud class actions including Smith v. Precision, Atlantic County, docket number ATL-L-3156-96; Borman v. First Union, Camden County, docket number L-08897-96, Loatman v. Summit Bank, Camden County docket # 3527-96 as well as Robinson v. Rent-A-Center, Camden County, docket number L-03697-94 which challenged the practices of the Rent-To-Own industry in the State of New Jersey. The Robinson case resulted in a 60 million dollar recovery for consumers and changes in the contract used by the Rent-To- Own industry to provide more information to consumers. In 2011, he settled Mullin v. Automobile Protection Corp., Civil No. 07-3327 (RBK), U.S.D.C.N.J, a class action involving 87000 consumers. He has participated in significant Appellate Division rulings for consumers regarding the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act including Lemelledo v. Beneficial, 150 N.J. 255 (1997) ;Rockel v. Cherry Hill Dodge, 368 N.J. Super. 577; and NAACP/Geraldine Thomas v. Foulke Mgt. Corp.,421 N. J. Super. 404 (App. Div. 2011).

He is the recipient of:

The Gerald B. O’Connor Award and the Presidential Award from the New Jersey Association of Justice and
The Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP, Camden County East

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