Jim Riley is the Chief Counsel & Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for the National Waste and Recycling Association. In this capacity, Jim serves as the top in-house legal officer for the association; oversees all aspects of the association's government affairs program; interacts with the executive branch, congressional leaders and staff, and Washington, D.C.-based coalition partners on advocacy matters important to the industry. In 2019, Jim was named one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. by The Hill.
He comes to NWRA from the aggregates industry where he was a strong advocate for them in Washington, growing both their industry’s political action committee into one of the top federally-registered trade association PACs and their grassroots efforts into an award-winning program. Prior to this, Jim was Senior Analyst for Civil Justice Reform & Insurance with Citizens for a Sound Economy and deputy general counsel for a major presidential campaign.
In addition to being a registered lobbyist, Jim is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York and Massachusetts as well as before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
A native of Upstate New York, Jim and his wife Julia reside in Virginia with their two children.