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Riley H. Ross III, Esquire

Philadelphia Attorney

Riley Ross has always wanted to be a lawyer. Seriously. Growing up, he always had a sense of right and wrong, fairness and justice. Today, he has achieved his dream of owning his own law practice where he can help people the only way he knows how: By fighting for their rights and ensuring that they are treated fairly. Whether it is a criminal defendant facing the overreaching power of the government, an employee harassed and unfairly terminated, a motorist unfairly detained because he fit a profile, or an everyday Joe injured because of someone else’s negligence, Attorney Ross’s clients look to him to protect them and to make sure that the law provides them with all the rights and security to which they are entitled.


Ross is an experienced trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of trial and litigation experience through his previous positions as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Norfolk, VA and as an attorney with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.; with Miller, Alfano & Raspanti; Drinker Biddle & Reath; and with Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia, PA.

Through these positions, he has gained extensive experience in the areas of state and federal criminal law, white collar criminal defense, civil rights litigation, corporate compliance, internal investigations, employment law, and personal injury. These areas are varied because he has represented a wide variety of clients, including individuals charged with state and federal criminal violations, a major health care provider accused of defrauding the federal government, quasi-governmental entities accused of due process violations, individuals asserting civil rights claims against cities and law enforcement officers, private and public colleges and universities defending against § 1983, employment discrimination and general liability lawsuits, and individuals asserting a variety of personal injuries.

Education & Licenses

Ross received a B.S. in Psychology from Longwood College, an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Professional & Community Involvement

He makes it a point to be an active member of the national, state, and local legal communities as a way to give back to the community. The legal community has recognized his professional activities through distinctions such as being recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® honoree each year since 2014, a “2009 Lawyers on The Fast Track,” and in 2010 and 2011 Pennsylvania Rising Stars℠. He was recently appointed to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a member of the Practitioner’s Advisory Group – an advisory group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He serves on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Vice President), Defenders Association of Philadelphia, No Longer Bound, and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. He is also an active member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations and is the Treasurer of the Federal Criminal Law Committee of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee and Civil and Equal Rights Committee, and a member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Impact Cases

  • Represented U.S. Congressman and his campaign committees during a federal fraud investigation and subsequent indictment.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement with the U.S. Government and avoided federal criminal charges for a small business owner being investigated for fraud.
  • Represented the City of Philadelphia during federal and state investigations of a city agency facing possible criminal charges in the death of a teenager.
  • Secured a not guilty jury verdict for a 28-year-old man facing federal drug conspiracy charges. In the matter of United States v. Dorsey, et al., the client was tried with six others and the trial lasted nearly four weeks. The client was facing 30 years-to-Life in federal prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
  • Obtained a significant judgment for a client suing a sports agency for breach of contract in connection with the referral of an NFL player.
  • Represented large healthcare corporation in response to U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of fraudulent billing of federal employees.
  • Represented anesthesiologist regarding an investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office into his billing practices.

During his time as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, Attorney Ross represented Derrick Kimbrough at the trial and appellate level and achieved the favorable sentence that was at issue in the landmark Supreme Court case, Kimbrough v. U.S., 128 S. Ct. 558 (2007). Kimbrough significantly reduced the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and helped restore judicial discretion to federal sentencing.

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