Casner & Edwards

Lynne F. Riley

Lynne Riley provides intelligent and cost-effective representation to debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, and plan administrators in all types of business and consumer bankruptcy proceedings. Lynne has served on the panel of chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the District of Massachusetts since 1995. She also serves as operating trustee and examiner in chapter 11 cases, and as creditor trustee under chapter 11 liquidation and reorganization plans.

Lynne has argued numerous appeals before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit, and has authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, the First Circuit and the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals on significant bankruptcy issues. Her trial and appellate work as counsel and trustee has generated numerous published opinions. Lynne was the editor for the Norton Annual Survey of the Bankruptcy Law, Part II, covering consumer bankruptcy articles and chaired the amicus committee of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees for many years. She has written and presented extensively on business and consumer bankruptcy topics, and has published articles for the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

She has taught consumer bankruptcy at Boston College Law School and New England School of Law and contracts at University of Massachusetts Law School. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lynne was a public school teacher in Cambridge and worked as a real estate title examiner servicing Middlesex County. Lynne has served as a Land Court Title Examiner for the Massachusetts Land Court and participated as the legal member on Medical Malpractice Tribunals in the Massachusetts Superior Court for many years. 


  • Massachusetts, District of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


Lynne is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (cum laude) and Suffolk University Law School (cum laude).

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