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, where he currently serves as the vice president, and has been a director since 2015.

Patrick received his juris doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, following receipt of his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California Polytechnic State University. A Bozeman native and Bozeman Senior High School graduate, he was thrilled to return to Bozeman after law school, where he has been 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)

Bar Admissions

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


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

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