Patrick C. Riley

Patrick C. Riley is a civil litigator and business attorney serving Bozeman, Gallatin County, and all of Montana.  He specializes in insurance defense, personal injury, and commercial litigation, along with real estate, banking, and business transactions.

In his litigation practice, Patrick represents both plaintiffs and defendants through pleading, discovery, motions, trial, judgment, and appeal in Montana’s state and federal district courts, the Montana Supreme Court, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has advocated for his clients as first or second chair in several civil jury trials, and successfully resolved dozens of cases through mediated or negotiated settlement. His litigation experience includes: complex commercial; business; insurance defense; insurance bad faith; insurance coverage; personal injury; auto accidents; trucking accidents; motorcycle accidents; slip and fall; wrongful death; malpractice; property damage; property rights; easements; construction defects; construction contracts; liquor liability; and breach of contract.

In his transactional practice, Patrick represents Montana individuals and businesses of all sizes in
matters of residential real estate; commercial real estate; sales; leases; easements; covenants; licenses; banking; loans; secured transactions; commercial instruments; opinion letters; business formation; business governance; business sales; and business contracts.

Patrick balances zealous advocacy and skillful persuasion with thoughtful and practical advice to his clients, and prides himself in creative problem solving and artful drafting, always striving to protect his client’s interests and achieve timely, fair, and just outcomes. 

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 be found in the gym lifting weights,
noodling on 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)

Bar Admissions

Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2012; California (inactive) 2011


American Bar Association; State Bar of Montana; Gallatin County Bar Association; Montana Defense Trial Lawyers (Vice President; Director)

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