Riya A. Kurian

Associate Cleveland


Riya is an associate in Taft’s Commercial Litigation practice. She has experience with depositions, mediations, arbitrations, propounding and responding to discovery, brief and motion writing, pleadings preparation, general legal research and writing projects, and court appearances.

Prior to joining Taft, Riya was an associate with a well-known regional law firm and focused on assisting publicly traded and privately held companies in a wide range of business disputes, including contract, commercial, real estate, trademark, and patent litigation.

Riya earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was senior editor for the Journal of International Law. While in law school, she also interned at the International Bar Association in London, England. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and French from Rockhurst University. Riya also worked as an English Language Assistant with the French Ministry of National Education in Vierzon, France.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch,” Commercial Litigation (2022 – 2024)

  • Honoree, Lawyers of Color “Hot List” (2023)

All Service Areas


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2019)

    Journal of International Law, Senior Editor

  • Rockhurst University (2015)

    B.A.- Biology, French


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Asian American Bar Association of Ohio

    Vice President of Membership

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association