Robert F. Riley

Bob has over 26 years of experience as a lawyer in the energy industry. He is Chair of the Williams Mullen law firm’s Energy Practice Group where his practice focuses on development, ownership, operation and management of electric generation and renewable energy projects. He has negotiated and drafted a wide variety of agreements including: power purchase and sales, interconnection, tolling, fuel price redetermination, transportation and transmission, power plant construction, operation and maintenance, real estate procurement, sale of steam, the sale and purchase of assets, and the sale and purchase of partnership interests. Bob has substantial experience interpreting and applying federal and state statutes regulating the sale and transportation of natural gas and electricity.
Prior to joining Williams Mullen in 1997, Mr. Riley served as in-house counsel for Edison Mission Energy (EME), a major independent power company. He was General Counsel for numerous wholly owned EME subsidiaries. In that capacity, Bob was responsible for legal affairs relating to the development, operations and management of independent electric power projects.
Previously, Bob worked as an energy associate with the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. In that capacity, he represented interstate natural gas pipelines companies and natural gas producers. He shared responsibility for administrative trials and federal appellate court litigation. He also counseled clients concerning assorted energy projects including: oil pipelines, cogeneration, and hydropower. Before joining Akin Gump, Bob served as a trial attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Enforcement Division.
Mr. Riley is a member of the Energy Bar Association and is a former chair of the Generation and Power Marketing Committee. He also is a member of the American Bar Association, where he is currently a vice chairman of the Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Resources subcommittee. Bob is a co-chair of a monthly renewable energy teleconference sponsored by the American Counsel on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
Mr. Riley has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” - Energy and Natural Resources - by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine. Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Riley an AV attorney, its highest rating available.
Bob graduated in 1985 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in Advocacy, was a member of the National Trial Team and President of the Mock Trial Board. Mr. Riley received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Louis University in 1979. Bob is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.