Patrick C. Riley
Patrick C. Riley engages in a broad general civil practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation,
insurance defense, insurance coverage advising, business law and real estate transactions.
In his litigation practice, Patrick has represented plaintiffs and defendants through litigation, trial, and
appeal in Montana’s state and federal district courts, the Montana Supreme Court, and the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals. He is skillful and aggressive in taking cases through all stages of the litigation process,
from crafting and executing effective discovery plans, to productive motions practice, and preparing
every case for ultimate resolution at trial. He has also successfully resolved dozens of cases to the
satisfaction of his clients through mediated or negotiated settlement. His litigation experience includes,
but is not limited to, complex commercial and business litigation, insurance defense in extensive and
diverse bodily injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims, as well as easement and property
rights disputes, municipal law issues, and construction defect claims.
In his transactional practice, Patrick represents Montana individuals and businesses of all sizes in
matters of residential and commercial real estate sales and leases, and drafting and advising on business
formation, management, governance, employment and financial contracts. He prides himself in
providing creative problem solving and artful drafting to structure agreements that protect his clients
while also accomplishing their transactional goals.
Patrick is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Montana, and California (presently
inactive). He is a member of the Gallatin County Bar Association and stays engaged and informed on
developments in all aspects of insurance law and litigation defense as a member of the Montana
Defense Trial Lawyers Association, serving as a director since 2015 (president 2023).
A Bozeman native and Bozeman Senior High School graduate, Patrick has been in Bozeman raising a
family and practicing law since 2011. Outside of work, he can usually be found in the gym lifting weights,
noodling on a guitar, reading a book, cooking a new recipe, or enjoying Montana’s beautiful outdoors
with his wife Sarah, and their two young children.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (B.S., Mathematics 2007); Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (J.D., 2011)
Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2012; California (inactive) 2011