Richard A. Ryles

Richard A. Ryles

West Palm Beach, Florida

Shareholder Richard A. Ryles adds to the firm’s bench of experienced attorneys. He is a West Palm Beach attorney who has built a career serving his fellow South Florida residents. He is passionate about pursuing the truth and claiming what is due by law during the course of litigation.

Mr. Ryles was born and raised in West Palm Beach, and he enjoys helping the community through his practice of law and his mentorship of those less fortunate.

He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990 from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and since that time, Mr. Ryles has gained experience in the fields of personal injury, trial advocacy, premises liability, and negligent security.

Energetic, hopeful, and focused are just some of the words individuals use to describe Mr. Ryles. His enthusiasm in his practice sets him apart from the rest. In fact, he has become a symbol of guidance for many who have been wronged by their company, an individual, or a group of individuals.

Mr. Ryles recently earned the designations of Crime Prevention Practitioner from the National Crime Prevention Council and the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. His eagerness towards continuing education shows that he is dedicated to growing his knowledge and enriching his practice of law.

Areas of Practice

  • Negligent Security
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Premises Liability Litigation
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified, National Crime Prevention Specialist Level I
  • Certified, Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida


  • Howard University School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - July, 1990
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, California
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Major: Communications
  • DeAnza College, Cupertino, California
    • A.A. - 1981
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Richard A. Ryles and Jerry Reiss, Settlement Offers and Personal Injury: Identifying the Break Even Offer; Florida Bar Journal, 2000
  • Richard A. Ryles, The Rosewood Massacre: Reparations for Racial Injustice, National Bar Association Magazine, 1995


  • National Bar Association National Convention, Litigating a Premises Liability Case, 2009
  • 24th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community, The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But: Real Strategies for Combating Crime in Low Income Housing, 2009
  • 25th National Conference of Preventing Crime in the Black Community, Get in the Game: Bridging the Academic Achievement Gap, 2010
  • 26th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community, Keeping Your Teenager Alive: Lesson from a Wrongful Death Lawyer, 2011
  • Howard University School of Law, A Failure to Plan is Plan for Failure; the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But: Real Strategies for Opening and Running Your Own Law Firm, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Men of Excellence, Business Executive Award, 2008
  • BBIC Community Service Award, 2008
  • Palm Beach County NAACP W.E.B. DuBois Community Leadership Award, 2008
  • Black Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County Small Business of the Year Award, 2009
  • Urban League of Palm Beach County Inc. Trail Blazer Award, 2009
  • Sickle Cell Foundation Community Service Award, 2009
  • Inner City Youth Golfers Inc. Community Service Award, 2009
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Men of Excellence “Business Executive” Award, 2008
  • Palm Beach County Chapter of the NAACP W.E.B. DuBois Community Leadership Award, 2008
  • Palm Beach County Black Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the year Award, 2009
  • Urban League of Palm Beach County Trail Blazer Award, 2009
  • Black Education Caucus Community Service Award, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • National Bar Association
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Former Chairman, Palm Beach County Chapter of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Past President, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association
  • Past Chairman, Palm Beach County Chapter of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman of the Board, West Palm Beach Housing Authority
  • Current Democratic Committeeman, District 7051
  • Past Vice President, Haitian American Community Center
  • Former Chairman, Greater Northwest Advisory Board as Appointed by Mayor Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach
  • Former Secretary, Palm Beach County Chapter of the Police Athletic League as Appointed by Mayor Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach
  • Commissioner, City of West Palm Beach Housing Authority, 2012-2016
  • Deacon, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach
  • Founder, All Real Men Read
  • Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Lodge 447, Prince Hall
  • Sponsor, Feed Children and Families of Dunbar Village
  • Pro Bono Representation of Rosewood Massacre Survivor, Robie Mortin

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  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
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