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Heather S. Riley

Partner, Allen Matkins

Heather Riley has been a partner in the San Diego office Allen Matkins since 2006. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental matters, with a particular focus on writ litigation. She is considered an expert in the California Environmental Quality Act and has defended numerous private clients and public entities in land use and environmental actions in state and federal courts. In 2016, Riley became the president of the SDBA, her most recent project being the setting up of an online resource on legal information for local residents in 2017. Riley was also recently appointed as one of five new senior real estate executives by the University of San Diego’s School of Business Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.

ALMA MATER: Albany Law School of Union University

ADVICE: “Be on time, come prepared, listen and take good notes.”

AFTER HOURS: She’s an avid reader.

OUTREACH: Serves as the founding Member of the Allen Matkins Community Outreach Committee and Advisory Board Member of Rachel’s Women’s Center.