Lodi man convicted of terrorism in 2006 should go free, judge says

San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2019

“A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the terrorism convictions that have kept a Lodi man in federal prison since 2006 be overturned on the grounds that his lawyer didn’t adequately represent him.”

The Confession Tapes: Marching Orders


Netflix series The Confession Tapes covers the case of Hamid Hayat. In 2006, while he was in his early 20s, he was convicted on terrorism charges. During an hours-long interrogation, he told investigator he had attended a terrorist training camp. Attorneys with Riordan & Horgan and his family question whether the taped confession reveals a very different truth.

The Video Alibi: Where was Hamid Hayat?

The Marshall Project, March 12, 2018

A judge’s innovative approach allowing Pakistani alibi witnesses appear by video in a case of a young man accused of being a terrorist raises questions about how technology changes the search for truth.

Dennis P. Riordan Is One Of The Nation’s Most Influential And Successful Trial And Appellate Litigators

Law Crossing

“For the past twenty years, he has consistently been evaluated as one of the best appellate litigators in California and the United States.”

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (video)

A clip of an HBO documentary in which partners Donald Horgan and Dennis Riordan are interviewed about their role in the high-profile case of the West Memphis Three, three innocent young men who were freed in 2011 after serving 18 years for murders they did not commit.

SF lawyer unlocked door for condemned man

San Francisco Chronicle, February 6, 2013

An interview with partner Dennis P. Riordan about his role in the West Memphis Three case.

West Memphis Three Murder Case Gets Court Review

ABC News, November 6, 2010

The Arkansas Supreme Court breathed new life into a decades-old murder case by ordering new hearings for so-called West Memphis 3 -- a cause celebre for many who believe the men were wrongly convicted.

Attorneys of the Year: Ted Sampsell-Jones

Minnesota Lawyer, February 14, 2019

A profile of firm lawyer Ted Sampsell-Jones, considered one of the top attorneys in Minnesota.

Dennis Riordan, noted lawyer, on Barry Bonds' team

San Francisco Chronicle, January 28, 2011

“The team defending former San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds against perjury charges has its own lineup of All-Stars, none brighter than appellate specialist Dennis Riordan.”

Elite Lawyers Anchor the Defense

The New York Times, DECEMBER 8, 2007

“Barry Bonds has spent the last couple of weeks interviewing top defense lawyers in the Bay Area. By all accounts, he ended up with an all-star lineup.”

Korean mom gets big-name defense attorney in child abduction case

The Sacramento Bee, APRIL 01, 2015

“Dennis Riordan, one of the California’s best known defense attorneys, has been retained to represent Nan-Hui Jo, the Korean immigrant convicted last month of abducting her American-born daughter.”

Riordan Tapped for Economic Espionage Appeal

The Recorder, June 25, 2014 

“San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan will represent Walter Liew in a fight to overturn his conviction.”

The Last Hope

SUper lawyers, 2007

Dennis Riordan, who likes underdogs, takes on a mad-dog case.

Death Penalty Debate

Charlie Rose

Attorney Dennis Riordan, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, and Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Wilkinson join guest host Jeffrey Toobin to debate the death penalty in America.