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Riley Stingley Brazas
A Long-Standing Reputation For Results-Driven Legal Advocacy

Thomas K. Riley

  • Partner
Location: Fulton, MO

Fax: 573-642-9417


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. Before entering private practice, Riley served as law clerk for the Hon. Ann K. Covington on the Missouri Supreme Court.

Riley practices primarily in areas of civil litigation, real estate, business, and estate planning. He represents numerous government and private clients throughout the state including the City of Fulton, The Callaway Bank, Ovid Bell Press, Backer Potato Chip Company, Boyd & Boyd; national companies such as Red Cross Pharmacy and CCN of America, and statewide trade associations such as the Missouri Assisted Living Association, and the Missouri Hotel and Motel Association. In addition to transactional work ranging from drafting legislation to complex business real estate agreements and trusts, Riley also has successfully litigated hundreds of lawsuits including more than a dozen where he has won a verdict or settlement of $100,000 or more including a $325,000 settlement, two $700,000 settlements, and judgments of over $2,000,000 and $4,500,000.* Riley has practiced before dozens of state trial courts, federal trial courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court.

Riley is a frequent lecturer for the Missouri Bar and has written numerous articles and chapters for legal publication. Riley has served as President of the Callaway County Chamber of Commerce; President of the Board of Directors 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 Downtown Development Committee and a Member of the Board of Directors for the University Extension Council, the YMCA, the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, and Backer Potato Chip Company.

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

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


  • 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

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

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


  • Real estate law, Lecturer, Missouri Bar symposiums

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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

Past Employment 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

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