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Elizabeth L. Riles

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Practice Areas:

  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation, Formation and Consultation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation


Elizabeth Riles is a founding and the managing partner at Bohbot & Riles. Ms. Riles was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Stanford University undergraduate, Ms. Riles went on to receive her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley in 1998 and has been in practice since then. She specializes in employment and personal injury cases. She also provides Human Resource consulting and mediation services in her work to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for employees and employers alike. For more information about these services, see www.bohbotandriles.com. She has successfully represented employees against a wide variety of businesses and government entities, in matters of race, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability and gender discrimination, cases of sexual and racial harassment, retaliation, whistle-blowing and wrongful termination. In 2011, she was honored by the City of Lancaster for her work in obtaining a significant verdict in a gender discrimination and hostile work environment case against a nationally known long haul trucking company. In 2012, Ms. Riles was a finalist for the prestigious Consumer Attorneys of California Street Fighter of the Year award.

Ms. Riles is admitted to practice in the State of California, the United States District Court, Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Riles is a member of the State Bar of California, California Women Lawyers, California Employment Lawyers Association, Queen’s Bench Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Charles Houston Bar Association.


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 1998
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Human Biology

Bar Admission

  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998

Published Works

  • Early Punitive Damages Discovery - Let's Give it a Try, Plaintiff's Magazine, April, 2012
  • How Client Social Media Accounts and Use of Employer Devices Can Kill Your Case, Plaintiff's Magazine, April, 2013
  • Wait! Is that supposed to be a Material Fact? - A refresher on the tedious journey through summary judgment in employment cases, Plaintiff's Magazine, April, 2014
  • California Employees Finally have Paid Sick Leave - Understanding the myriad of new state and local regulations that impact Californians' sick leave, Plaintiff's Magazine, June, 2015
  • Establishing Liability for Discrimination or Harassment by a Supervisor, Plaintiff's Magazine, June, 2016
  • It's Not Just About Bathrooms: Workplace Difficulties and Protections for Transgender People, Plaintiff's Magazine, June, 2017
  • #METOO, #TIMESUP, #WESAIDENOUGH - real protection, finally?, Plaintiff's Magazine, May, 2018


  • Super Lawyers - Northern California Rising Star, 2009 - 2012
  • Commendation for Trial Advocacy from the City of Lancaster in the Shank v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc., et al case, July 26, 2011
  • Finalist for Consumer Attorneys of California Street Fighter of the Year, 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Matindale-Hubbel, 2013 - 2018
  • Lead Counsel Rated, 2015 - 2018
  • 2018 Top 50 Women Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers

Classes & Seminars

  • Legal Research and Writing, Berkeley Law, 2015 to 2016

Pro-Bono Activities

  • SEEDS Community Resolution Center, Mediator, 2009 to 2017

Past Positions

  • Kerosky & Bradley, LLP, Associate, 2001 to 2002
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, Associate, 1999 to 2001
  • Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black, LLP, Associate, 1998 to 1999

Professional Associations

  • Charles Houston Bar Association, Member, 2010 to Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member, 2007 to Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2006 to Present
  • California Women Lawyers, Member, 1998 to Present
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association, Member, 1998 to Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2016 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner