Counsel

  • Admitted to the Bar, 1977, Manitoba.

Education

  • Queen’s University, Kingston (B.A., 1972).
  • University of Manitoba (LL.B., 1976; LL.M., 1985).
 

Arbitrator and Advisor on Civil Litigation Matters

Mr. Riley is an experienced civil litigator and arbitrator who has represented clients in the Manitoba courts, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada, since 1977. He acts as counsel to the firm providing advice on civil litigation matters.

In September, 2008, Mr. Riley was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.

Mr. Riley was elected by his fellow lawyers four times to be a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, thereby becoming a Life Bencher. He served as President of the Law Society of Manitoba for 2003-2004.

In 1992, Mr. Riley was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation by the Governor General of Canada “in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.”

Arbitration

Mr. Riley also acts as an arbitrator. He is an appointed member of the panel of arbitrators established by the Manitoba Labour Board to deal with expedited arbitrations.

Some Reported Cases

Oliver v. Blais and Thomas, 2014 – successful defence of claim for constructive trust regarding an estate.

Apotex v. Novopharm – Manitoba Court of Appeal, 1998 – obtained an award of damages and costs totalling $6.5 million, as well as an injunction lasting 7.5 years in a case involving the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Clark v. Nucare PLC – Manitoba Court of Appeal, 2006 – Mareva injunction and attaching order removed on appeal.

Finlay v. the Minister of Finance of Canada – Supreme Court of Canada, 1986 – established the right to public interest standing to sue government officials.

Granove v. Merrill Lynch Canada Inc – Manitoba Court of Appeal, 1985 – statements given to the Toronto Stock Exchange were not privileged, and had to be disclosed.

G. v. G. – Manitoba Queen’s Bench, 1995 – first and still largest award of an interim marital property equalization payment in Manitoba.

Homestead Properties v. Sekhri – Manitoba Court of Appeal, 2007 – summary judgement granted by Court of Appeal.

Norton v. Manitoba – Manitoba Queen’s Bench, 2004- judicial pension increased.

Rodriguez v. the Queen – Supreme Court of Canada, 1993 – a case which dealt with the issue of assisted suicide.