Eileen R. Ridley is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Ridley has tried over 40 cases (both bench and jury matters) and arbitrated in excess of 200 cases. Her experience includes handling complex commercial matters for a variety of industries including the high-tech, oil and gas, telecommunications, construction, insurance and health care industries. She is the firm’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Partner, a role in which she is a catalyst for and leader in carrying out the firm’s commitment to diversity. Ms. Ridley is formerly a member of the firm's national Management Committee and is vice chair of the Litigation Department. She is co-chair of the Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice and is former managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. Ms. Ridley is a member of the Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation; Construction; Appellate; Intellectual Property Litigation; Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Trademark, Copyright & Advertising; Labor & Employment; and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices, as well as the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry and Food & Beverage Industry Teams.
Ms. Ridley’s work has involved anti-trust and class actions (including multi-district and joint jurisdiction actions), unfair competition, trade secret and copyright matters, product liability claims, environmental claims (including CERCLA and CEQA), insurance coverage litigation, ERISA litigation, commercial disputes, and employment issues. She also has a vast knowledge base in insurance coverage and litigation issues regarding a wide variety of insurance programs. Through Ms. Ridley’s appellate practice, she has briefed and/or appeared before California’s State Appellate Courts, the California Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit and the 7th Circuit.
Ms. Ridley has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and in 2005 was named as one of the "Bay Area's Best Lawyers in Appellate Practice" by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. She was also selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers® lists in 2008-2016. In 2012 and 2016, she was recognized by the Legal 500 for her work in insurance: advice to insurers.
Ms. Ridley is a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School and is a former Emery Law Scholar. Ms. Ridley earned her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Ridley holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Professionals/European (CIPP/E) credentials, a global gold standard and key industry benchmark accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Ms. Ridley is admitted to all federal, state and appellate courts in California and Hawaii, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio, the United States District Court – Western District of Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.