O'Connell & Riley, Esqs.

O'Connell & Riley, Esqs.

Located in Rockland County, the experienced elder law and estate planning lawyers at O'Connell & Riley deliver quality services to clients--without the hard sell.

Firm Overview

For more than three decades, we have helped New York and New Jersey families and business owners preserve and protect their homes, businesses and other hard-earned assets. We help our clients transfer those assets to their loved ones when the time is right. We have earned a reputation for a deep and sincere commitment and dedication to our clients.

Personal Service
O'Connell & Riley will work closely with you and with any members of your family who you wish to involve in your estate, business, and elder law planning. We strive to understand your personal goals and objectives, your family relationships, and the issues that concern you. We respond to you with clear and easily understandable advice. Most importantly, we provide you with choices that you can consider about how you might proceed in any particular situation. At our offices, you will never be pushed to use any particular legal device or approach. Instead, we encourage our clients to give the various options which we may recommend careful thought. We always suggest that you should sleep on it; you should never be rushed as you make these most important legal decisions.

Reputation for Excellence
Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's oldest and most respected attorney rating entity, reports that our partners have been highly rated by their attorney peers. The "A" rating recognizes the firm's preeminent legal ability and professionalism. The "V" rating communicates our "Very High" ethical standards. Our high standing is further noted by our inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register -- we are one of only 55 firms included in the field of Estate Planning and one of fewer than 20 firms in the field of Elder Law in the State of New York. We are also members of the National Academy of Elder Lawyers. Our partners have earned designation as Certified Financial Planners and as Accredited Estate Planners. These credentials strengthen our ability to deliver innovative and practical solutions for your legal, tax, business, and family matters in the areas of estate planning, business planning, and elder law.

Preserving and Protecting Assets
Effective estate and elder law planning provide great benefits to you and your loved ones. We are available to assist you and the members of your family.

Main Office

Main Office
144 East Central Avenue
Pearl River, NY 10965





Personal Injury

The law office of O'Connell & Riley, Esqs. will represent your personal injury legal matters.

Practice Areas
-Airbag Injuries
-Auto Accidents
-Automobile Accidents
-Automobile Injuries
-Automotive Crashworthiness
-Automotive Products Liability
-Commercial Real Estate
-Contested Wills
-Dog Bites
-Elder Law
-Escalator Liability
-Estate Administration
-Estate Litigation
-Estate Planning
-Head and Spinal Injuries
-Landlord Tenant
-Living Wills
-Motorcycle Accidents
-Municipal Law
-Personal Injury
-Powers of Attorney
-Premises Liability
-Product Defects
-Products Liability
-Residential Real Estate
-Slip and Fall
-Vehicle Rollovers
-Wrongful Death
-Zoning Planning and Land Use

James K. Riley

O'Connell & Riley, Esqs.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning; Elder Law; Estate Administration; Estate Settlement; Probate; Plaintiffs Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Products Liability; Airbag Injury; Automotive Products Liability; Vehicle Rollovers; Premises Liability; Education Law; Litigation; Real Estate; Municipal Law

1971, New York; 1982, New Jersey

Law School
Rutgers University, J.D.

Rockland County, New York State and American Bar Associations; New York State Association of School Attorneys

Certified Financial Planner, Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planning Councils. President, Rockland County Bar Association, 1997-1998. Adjunct Professor: Pace University, 1992; Education Law, Long Island University, 2004. Mr. Riley has attained Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Nyack, New York, July 21, 1945


Rutgers University
Juris Doctorate,

Thomas F. O'Connell

O'Connell & Riley, Esqs.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning; Elder Law; Estate Litigation; Contested Wills; Commercial Real Estate; Residential Real Estate; Real Estate Tax Appeals; Plaintiffs Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Land Use Litigation

1969, New York; 1975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1983, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Law School
St. John's University - Jamaica, NY, J.D.

Rockland County, New York State (Member, Sections on: Employment Relations and Labor Law; Real Property Law; Trust and Estate Law), New Jersey State (Member, Banking and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section) and American (Member: Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Committee on Non-Profit Corporation, 1982) Bar Associations; New York State Land Title Association.

Phi Alpha Delta. Member, Board of Adjustments, Edgewater, New Jersey, 1986.

New York, N.Y., November 13, 1943


St. John's University
Juris Doctorate,