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Erin Q. Riley

Erin Q. Riley / Shareholder

The Basics

I help people deal with property. Whether it’s purchasing, selling, leasing, financing, easements, rights of entry, or any other kind of agreement or contract, I assist in dealing with real estate.

Delivering for Clients

I recently helped complete a series of very complicated real estate-related transactions that spanned the course of four years. We helped a client purchase an entity that owned real estate and other assets. Some assets were then sold to a third party in exchange for promissory notes.  In the course of the broader transaction, we also did a complicated series of easements and ran into almost every easement issue imaginable. Eventually, we handled the sale of the promissory notes to an international bank.

My free time is spent focused on traveling. Every year and a half or so, my family and I try to take an international trip. Our favorite trips have included Nicaragua, Curacao, Aruba, and a country I lived in for nearly a year—Argentina.

  • Practices
  • Real Estate
  • Education
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of the Pacific, B.A., Environmental Studies, 1998, Biology and Geology Concentrations
  • Honors
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2016 – 2017
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer, 2016 – 2018
  • Vice-President, Environmental Law Forum, 2001-2002
  • Bar Admissions
  • California
  • United States District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Member and Former Chair, SACTO Member Relations Committee

Detailed Practice Description

Erin Riley represents public and private clients in all types of real estate transactions, including the negotiation and documentation of real estate acquisitions and sales, option agreements, easements, rights-of-entry, commercial leases, secured financing, and title and escrow work. Her clients include residential and commercial developers and property owners, investors, institutional lenders, and commercial landlords and tenants.

Erin has extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of land and major commercial projects throughout California, including the Bay Area and Southern California.  Erin has also been lead counsel in several leasing transactions involving sizeable commercial premises and multi-story buildings.

She also has expertise in providing assistance to clients regarding environmental issues as they arise in real estate and financial transactions, including advising lender clients regarding potential liability associated with contaminated real property collateral. Her environmental practice has involved all aspects of site investigation and remediation.

As a lawyer, I try hard to be practical. Lawyers can sometimes be too risk adverse, since our nature is to want everything to be dealt with perfectly. That doesn’t always make sense for the client.  I try to provide the cost-benefit analysis along the way — some issues may not ultimately be important for that particular client.