Lawrence Riff Esq.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Riff, Lawrence P.

Larry Riff is a Partner in Los Angeles office, where he serves as Managing Partner. He is a member of the Litigation Department and Practice Group Leader of the Firm's 40+ lawyer Mass, Toxic and Environmental Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Riff focuses on the defense of the petroleum, energy and chemical industries in toxic substance personal injury, death, environmental and property damage claims in state and federal courts.

Frequently, the firm acts as counsel jointly retained by multiple industry defendants, and Mr. Riff has extensive experience in structuring and managing such joint defenses. Mr. Riff's practice also focuses on commercial litigation including contractual arbitration. Mr. Riff has substantial first chair arbitration and bench and jury trial experience in toxic tort, environmental, business disputes, and other civil litigation matters. Mr. Riff was elected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2004.

Mr. Riff's toxic tort cases range from the single-plaintiff/single-defendant/single-product claim to acting as shared trial counsel for multiple defendants in cases involving dozens to hundreds of plaintiffs and involving dozens of products. The common element of these claims is that the plaintiffs are alleged to have been injuriously exposed to a chemical.

Mr. Riff practiced from 1982-86 as an in-house trial lawyer for the Southern Pacific Transportation Company at its headquarters in San Francisco. He entered the private practice of law in 1986. In 1997, Riff joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as Managing Partner in the Los Angeles office.

Mr. Riff received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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