Project Description

Riley Clayton was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Riley attended the University of Utah, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1991. Then, wanting to couple his business degree with a law degree, Riley attended Brigham Young University School of Law where he graduated with honors in 1994. Riley is licensed to practice in all Nevada courts, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

After passing the Nevada bar exam, Riley first worked for a “Big Six” accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, LLP, in San Francisco, California, as a tax consultant. Although Arthur Andersen was typically known as an accounting firm, the majority of Riley’s work involved legal consultation and representing clients in tax appeals with the California taxation authorities. In fact, Riley was instrumental in eliminating a $3 million tax assessment levied against a client based upon the fact that the California Franchise Tax Board wrongfully held that the client was a California resident as opposed to Nevada resident.

Riley moved to Nevada in late 1995. Since that time, Riley has dedicated his career to a more “traditional” line of legal work, i.e., a litigation attorney.  Riley’s practice has concentrated primarily in the areas of tort litigation and coverage/“bad faith” work. For years, Riley has provided major insurance companies with sound coverage advice concerning complex and technical policy provisions and defenses, one of which ultimately resulted in a published opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court in favor of the insurance carrier client, Fire Ins. Exchange v. Cornell, 90 P.3d 978 (Nev. 2004). In addition, Riley also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to defending insurance agents, attorneys and accountants in malpractice or professional errors and omissions claims. Likewise, Riley has significant litigation experience in catastrophic injury and wrongful death. As Riley’s record demonstrates, he has represented his clients through all stages of the litigation process, from filing the complaint, through trial, to arguing the final appeal, with distinguished success. Other reported cases: US EEOC v. Caesars Entertainment, Inc., 2007 WL 1231776 (D. Nev. 2007); CBC Financial, Inc. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., 2006 WL 5242379 (D. Nev. 2006); Commercial Cas. Ins. Co. v. Swarts Manning & Assc., 2007 WL 2155711 (D. Nev. 2007); State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Repke, 301 Fed. Appx. 698 (9th Cir. 2008).

When not spending time at the office, Riley enjoys spending time with his family. One of his favorite things to do is to take “spur of the moment” road trips with his wife and four daughters. Riley is active in local church and youth organizations, enjoys playing the piano and bass guitar, and attending sporting events and “Broadway” plays.