Denise Riley
Denise Riley

Denise Riley Senior Fiduciary Officer


  • BB.S. in Accounting and J.D. from the University of Iowa
  • LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University


Denise Riley is a Senior Vice President and the Senior Fiduciary Officer for Northern California based in the San Francisco office. In addition to being the fiduciary practice leader, she is responsible for the development and implementation of fiduciary strategies to serve the needs of Northern’ s private clients. Denise has broad estate planning and fiduciary experience.


Prior to her career at Northern Trust, she practiced law, specializing in tax, estate and charitable planning, estate and trust administration, and tax controversy, most recently at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. She also headed the Northern California fiduciary practice at U.S. Trust and served as the Chief Fiduciary Officer at Morgan Stanley Trust Company.

Community Involvement

She is a member of the State Bar of California and American Bar Association, where she has been active in several estate planning and taxation committees. She is past president of the San Francisco Area Women Tax Lawyers, and has written and spoken on a variety of tax and estate planning topics