Mark J. Riley

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Professional Experience

Mr. Riley is a founder, director and president of the firm. He practices in the Complex Case and General Liability and Medical Malpractice Groups. Mr. Riley’s practices emphasizes catastrophic cases including wrongful death, serious injuries, product liability, medical malpractice, oil field and insurance defense cases. Mr. Riley has tried cases in state and federal district courts for more than forty years. 

Professional Memberships & Associations

State Bar of New Mexico since 1979 (Past Bar Commissioner)

New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association since 1985 (Past President, Past State Representative)

Defense Research Institute since 1985 (Past Regional Representative)

Certified Trial Specialist by New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization 1996-2018.

Certified National Board of Trial Advocacy 1996-2018

Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent since 1997.

Listed in the Super Lawyers for expertise and experience in Personal Injury Defense since 2007.

Member American Board of Trial Advocates since 2010.

Named New Mexico Defense Lawyers Outstanding Lawyer of the Year 2015.

New Mexico Supreme Court UJI Civil Committee 2000, 2015-2021.

Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America since 2018.


The Capital University School of Law (J.D. 1979)

Wittenberg University (B.A. 1976)

Professional Achievements

Published Opinions

Sandoval v. Gurley Properties Ltd., No. A-1-CA-36624 WL 3716678 (N.M. Ct. App. Aug. 18, 2021)

Delfino v. Griffo, 2011 -NMSC-015, 150 N.M. 97, 257 P.3d 917

Lessard v. Coronado Paint & Decorating Center, Inc., 142 N.M. 586, 168 P.3d 155

Sheldon v. Hartford Ins. Co., 2008-NMCA-098, 144 N.M. 562, 189 P.3d 695

City of Santa Rosa v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 2006-NMCA-118, 140 N.M. 434, 143 P.3d 196

Espinosa v. Albuquerque Pub. Co., 1997-NMCA-072, 123 N.M. 605, 943 P.2d 1058

Spectron Dev. Lab’y, a Div. of Titan Corp. v. Am. Hollow Boring Co., 1997-NMCA-025, 123 N.M. 170, 936 P.2d 852

Matthews v. State, 1991-NMCA-116, 113 N.M. 291, 825 P.2d 224

Sosa v. Empire Roofing Co., 1990-NMCA-097, 110 N.M. 614, 798 P.2d 85

State ex rel. Mountain States Mut. Cas. Co. v. KNC, Inc., 1987-NMSC-063, 106 N.M. 140, 740 P.2d 690

Armijo v. State Through Trans. Dep’t, 1987-NMCA-052, 105 N.M. 771, 737 P.2d 552

Thomas v. Kaven, 765 F.3d 1183 (10th Cir. 2014)

Archibeque v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co., 70 F.3d 1172 (10th Cir. 1995)

Crouch v. Roberts Enterprises Invs., Inc., No. 20-CV-0988 SMV/CG WL 371517 (D.N.M. Feb. 3, 2021)

Heuser v. Johnson, 189 F. Supp. 2d 1250, 1253 (D.N.M. 2001)

State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Ruiz, 36 F. Supp 2d 1308 (D.N.M. 1999)

Thornton v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co., 11 F. Supp 2d 1311 (D.N.M. 1997)