Elizabeth L. Riles

Elizabeth L. Riles

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Oakland, CA

Bohbot & Riles PC
 | 4319 Piedmont Avenue, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510-273-3111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Elizabeth Riles is a founding and the managing shareholder at Bohbot & Riles.  She specializes in employment discrimination and personal injury cases. She also specializes in human resource consulting, business litigation and mediation.  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.

About Elizabeth Riles

Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.strikebacklaw.com/Attorneys/Elizabeth-L-Riles.sht...

Honors and Awards:

  • For the case of Shank v. CRST Van Expedited, et al. I was nominated and selected as a finalist for the Street Fighter of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California.  The case was tried in San Bernardino County and received a $1.17 million jury verdict.  , Finalist Street Fighter of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • I am a member of the following professional organizations: California Dispute Resolution Council, Alameda County Bar Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, California Women Lawyers, Queen's Bench Bar Association and Charles Houston Bar Association.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I am currently a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association Board and have been since 2016.  I served as the Co-President of the Board of Directors of the SEEDS Community Resolution Center from January 2015 through June 2017 and was a member of the board from February 2009 through June 2017.  From June 2009 through June 2012 I served on the Board of the Oakland Youth Orchestra and was its secretary from December 2009 to June 2012.  I was the Secretary of the Board of the East Bay Performing Arts (EBPA) from December 2009 through June 2012.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • I co-authored an article with Karine Bohbot in the April 2012 edition of Plaintiff's Magazine.  The article was "Early Punitive Damages Discovery - Let's Give it a Try."  That edition of the article focused on employment law., co-Author, "Early Punitive Damages Discovery - Let's Give it a Try", Plaintiff's Magazine, 2012

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • May 13, 2011 "Bohbot & Riles represented a woman who worked for CRST Van Expedited as a Truck Driver. During her employment she was severely sexually harassed by her trainer. She complained to the company before and after her resignation. The company failed to investigate her complaint or to take any reasonable steps to address her concerns. Bohbot & Riles filed suit on her behalf and received a $1.3 million verdict from the jury, including lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages."   November 23, 2010 "Bohbot & Riles represented a woman who visited a friend’s home. The friend was renting a room. The homeowner’s dog bit her in an unprovoked attack. The bite left her with scars on her cheek and eyelid. Bohbot & Riles filed suit on her behalf and received a settlement of $85,000.00 including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering."   Jan 28, 2008 Bohbot & Riles, LLP represented a woman who was told by her supervisor that she was being let go "because they [the company] did not want two Black people in the office." After Bohbot & Riles, LLP deposed the supervisor and showed that the supervisor was lying when he denied the statement, the woman received a confidential settlement covering her lost wages and significant emotional distress damages.   Feb 12, 2007 Bohbot & Riles, LLP represented a man who was harassed by his direct supervisor related to his sexual orientation. The harassment began almost immediately and was so severe that he developed a stomach ailment. After requesting time off to address the stomach ailment, he was terminated. After Bohbot & Riles, LLP worked the case up to trial, he received a confidential settlement including lost wages and emotional distress.

Educational Background:

  • Stanford University, BA with Honors, 1995

Industry Groups

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Small Business
  • Office Location for Elizabeth L. Riles

    4319 Piedmont Avenue
    2nd Floor
    Oakland, CA 94611


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