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Thomas K. Riley

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Thomas K. Riley was born and raised in Fulton, Missouri and graduated from Westminster College (B.A., Cum Laude 1993). Riley attended law school at Washington and Lee University, where he served on the Law Review, was inducted into the honorary society, the Order of the Coif, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997. Before entering private practice, Riley served as law clerk for the Hon. Ann K. Covington on the Missouri Supreme Court.


Riley has the highest possible rating from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney peer-review* rankings of "AV" and was designated a "2021 Super Lawyer." He has closed over one hundred million dollars in business and real estate transactions including multiple sales of businesses worth thirty million dollars or more. In litigation, Riley has won over ten million dollars in verdicts and settlements including cases exceeding five million dollars.


Riley represents clients across the state and country including the City of Fulton, the Callaway County Commissioners, The Callaway Bank, United Security Bank, and hundreds of other businesses including the state's largest lobbying firm, state-wide associations, title companies and realtors, and national companies including pharmacy chains, construction companies, and manufacturers. Riley has practiced before dozens of state trial courts, federal trial courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court and written numerous articles and chapters for legal publication.


In the community of Fulton and Callaway County, Riley's civic and pro-bono work includes serving as President of the Callaway County Chamber of Commerce; President of the Fulton Area Development Corporation; President of the Fulton colleges Board of Associates, President of The Callaway Bank Board of Advisors; President of the Brick District; President of the Callaway County Art House; and President of the Brick District Playhouse. Riley is the only attorney to have received both the Callaway Chamber award for Loyal Subject and the J. H. Atkinson award for outstanding leadership.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, 1997
    • Honors: Graduated 3rd in his class
  • Westminster College
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History

Classes & Seminars

  • Real estate law, Lecturer, Missouri Bar symposiums

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Fulton Area Development Corporation, President of Board of Directors
  • Brick District Association, President
  • Fulton College Board of Associates, President
  • University Extension Council, Director
  • Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, Director
  • YMCA of Callaway County, Director
  • Serve, Inc

Representative Clients

  • The Callaway Bank
  • Ovid Bell Press
  • Backer Potato Chip Company
  • Boyd & Boyd
  • Mertens Quarries
  • Red Cross Pharmacies
  • Christensen Construction
  • Missouri Association of Councils of Government
  • Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission
  • Missouri Sheriff’s Association
  • Missouri Fire Marshall’s Association
  • Cities of Fulton and Mokane, Missouri, and trade associations from the Missouri Assisted Living Association to the Missouri Hotel-Motel Association
  • Lobbying firm of Gamble and Schlemeier
  • Missouri Pharmacy Association

Past Positions

  • Hon. Ann K. Covington, Missouri Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1997 to 1998
  • Backer Potato Chip Company, Board of Directors
  • The Callaway Bank, Board of Advisors
  • Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, Intern

Published Works

  • Litigating Breach of Contract Claims - Chapter 7
  • Author, Missouri Bar Real Estate Deskbook
  • Author, Insurance Law in Missouri
  • Author, Missouri Lawyer’s weekly, Chapter on Litigating Breach of Contract Claims
  • Author, Missouri Asset Protection Trusts
  • Author, Journal of the Missouri Bar on Trusts
  • Author, Missouri Uniform Trust Code

Professional Associations

  • Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Fulton Area Development Corporation, President, Board of Directors
  • Fulton Colleges Board of Associates, President
  • The Callaway Bank Board of Advisors, President
  • Downtown Development Committee, President
  • University Extension Council, Member, Board of Directors
  • YMCA
  • Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Insurance
  • Governmental Practice


  • Westminster College Alumni Achievement Award, 2011
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubble