Riley, Arch W., Jr.

Wheeling, W.Va.
304.230.6955 - office
304.281.2532 - mobile


  • Tufts University, B.A., 1979
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1982


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
Mr. Riley's primary areas of practice are bankruptcy law and related commercial areas of law, including secured transactions, acquisitions, turnarounds and workouts, real estate and surety law.

Representative Experience

Chapter 11 Debtor Representations

  • Weirton Steel Corporation
  • Jaga, Inc., et al. (West Virginia Hare Krishna religious community reorganization)
  • Summit Center for Human Development, Inc.
  • American Fiber Resources, L.P.
  • Phoenix Resources, Inc.
  • Wheeling Closure Corporation

Creditors' Committee Representations

  • Banner Fibreboard Company
  • Ohio Valley Amusement Company

Secured Creditor Representations

  • Representing private equity secured creditor in $25 million relief from stay proceedings in a single asset real estate development
  • Representing secured creditor in trial of a contested involuntary bankruptcy petition
  • Representing secured lenders in receivership actions
  • Representing national and regional ABL and floor-plan lenders in foreclosures, forbearances, liquidations and bankruptcy relief from stay proceedings
  • Representing national and regional secured lenders in commercial relief from stay, foreclosures and liquidations

Surety Representations

  • Representing reclamation sureties in coal mining bankruptcies

Asset Purchasers

  • Representing purchasers of hard assets of bankrupt steel plants
  • Representing purchaser of real estate from bankrupt steel maker
  • Representing interested purchaser of video lottery operations
  • Representing bidder on oil and gas assets of bankrupt oil and gas producer

Marcellus & Utica Shale

  • Representing purchasers of oil and gas interests in bankruptcy court
  • Representing secured creditors in collateralizing mineral interests

Other Representations

  • Representing regional banks in the negotiation of forbearance agreements with troubled borrowers
  • Representing troubled companies in out of court restructurings
  • Representation of trade creditors in preference litigation
  • Representation of trade creditors in performance obligations, reclamation rights, administrative claims and section 503(b)(9) claims for goods delivered during 20 days pre-bankruptcy


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, Bankruptcy Committee
  • West Virginia Northern District Bankruptcy Bar Association


  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Community Affiliations

  • Regional Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors, Executive and Audit Committees
  • Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation Board of Directors
  • President, Augusta Levy (Autism) Learning Center, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Northern West Virginia Chair, Tufts University Alumni Admission Program
  • Past Commissioner and Chairman, City of Wheeling Planning Commission
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