Stephanie Smiertka Riley

  • Title: Associate
  • Phone: (302) 622-7110
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  • Education:

    The George Washington Law School, J.D. (2012)

    The University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (2009)

  • Admissions:
    Delaware, Florida, U.S. District Court for the District of DE

Stephanie Smiertka Riley is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer where she focuses on complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Ms. Riley represents injured victims in nationally coordinated litigation against major pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers in other industries. She serves on the Law and Briefing and Discovery Committees for the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in In re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2657 (where G&E is co-lead). She also represents individuals harmed by defective metal-on-metal hips, Essure®, hernia mesh, and transvaginal mesh.

Prior to representing victims of consumer fraud, Ms. Riley was an associate at a national litigation firm where she practiced civil defense litigation. Before entering private practice, Ms. Riley served as a judicial law clerk to five judges of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas for New Castle County, where she assisted in drafting judicial opinions for both civil and criminal matters.

Ms. Riley earned her J.D. from The George Washington Law School in 2012. During her time at GW, she participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic and advocated on behalf of several women and survivors as a part of the non-profit DV Leap (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project). Her article, “The Federal Fortress Surrounding Police Liability For Failure to Enforce Protection Orders,” advocating for better U.S. Supreme Court case law for domestic violence victims under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, was published by the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Riley has represented women who have survived sexual assault and domestic violence and decided to pursue civil justice when the criminal system failed them. In addition to pro bono work, Ms. Riley coaches an all-girl Delaware high school mock trial team in the yearly Delaware State Competition.

Ms. Riley is admitted to practice in Delaware and Florida. She is an active member of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and the Delaware State Bar Association’s Women and the Law section. Published in the July 2018 issue of Trial magazine, Ms. Riley co-authored “Medical Monitoring” with G&E director Beth Graham.