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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: 510-250-7278
Fax: 510-273-8911
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed in California Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%), Employment & Labor: Employee (20%), Business/Corporate (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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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 L. Riles

First Admitted: 1998, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • I am a member of the following professional organizations: 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 the Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association Board and have been since 2020.  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.

Educational Background

  • Stanford University, BA with Honors, 1995


  • 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


  • Bohbot & Riles represented two long-term African-American employees who made claims of race discrimination and wrongful termination against a Fortune 500 company.  After litigation in federal court and surviving motions for summary judgment, a settlement was reached for a total of $250,000.00., 2016
  • 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., 2011
  • 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., 2007
  • Bohbot & Riles represented two employees who worked for their employer for at least 15 years and were wrongfully terminated after complaining of discrimination and retaliation.  Bohbot & Riles negotiated a settlement for them of a total of $550,000.00., 2018
  • Bohbot & Riles, with co-counsel, represented a woman who worked for 22 years for a corporation where she was sexually harassed by her supervisor.  She complained about the harassment, and though her supervisor was terminated, she was disciplined and retaliated against as a result of the complaint.  Ultimately, she was terminated.  Bohbot & Riles and co-counsel litigated the matter and reached a settlement for her of $245,000.00., 2016
  • 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., 2008
  • Bohbot & Riles, with co-counsel, represented an employee who suffered from a disability.  She requested accommodations from her large international company.  They failed and refused to provide them forcing her to take a leave of absence.  Bohbot & Riles and co-counsel negotiated an exit from her employer with a severance of $337,500.00., 2018
  • 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., 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Industry Groups

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

4319 Piedmont Avenue
2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94611

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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