Roberto A. Rivera-Soto

Senior Counsel
New Jersey

Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto is a trial and appellate lawyer who served for seven years on the Supreme Court of New Jersey before joining Ballard Spahr.

Litigation and Appellate

Justice Rivera-Soto is well positioned to maximize clients' ability to succeed at the trial and appellate levels. Starting with his tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, continuing through both private practice and corporate in-house practice, and culminating with seven years on the Supreme Court of New Jersey, he persuasively and effectively appeals to judges, both orally and in writing. He provides valuable insight on appellate and trial court judges' expectations and point of view to the benefit of his clients.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Hispanic National Bar Association, Honorary Committeeman, 2012 mid-year meeting

District VII Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, member and Chair, 2000-2004

Rutgers School of Law-Camden, past instructor of trial advocacy

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, product liability and mass tort defense – automotive/transport, 2013-2015, 2017-2023

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2008-present

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2013 Alan J. Davis Award, for his pro bono work as a member of the Prisoner Civil Rights Team

Speaking Engagements

Keynote address, "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters," Monmouth County Law Day, Freehold, N.J., May 1, 2014

Panelist, "Diversity in the Judiciary," Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, September 17, 2013

Keynote address, "The Supreme Court of New Jersey and You: Perfect Together?" New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance Fall Membership Luncheon, Trenton, N.J., September 10, 2013

Board Memberships & Community Service

New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities' and Women's Enterprises, 1988-1994

Please Touch Museum, 2001-2003

Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada, 1997-1999



Cornell Law School (J.D. 1977)
Charles K. Burdick Scholar; Member, Moot Court Board

Haverford College (B.A. 1974, with departmental honors)
José Padín Scholar





District of Columbia