Walter Rivera was born and raised in the “Hell’s Kitchen” area of Manhattan in New York City. His parents moved from Puerto Rico to NYC in the late 1940’s. Mr. Rivera attended NYC public schools until the 9th grade. He received a scholarship through A Better Chance Program to attend Governor Dummer Academy (now known as Governor’s Academy), the oldest continuously operated boarding school in the United States located in Byfield, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1973. He is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University, Class of 1976, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Class of 1979. Mr. Rivera was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1980 and is also admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Military Court of Appeals. Mr. Rivera served as a Law Clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals based in Albany, New York, from 1979 to 1981. Following his clerkship, he was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the New York State Attorney General and served from 1981 until January, 1985. He has previously served as a Hearing Officer for the NYC Transit Adjudication Bureau and Arbitrator for the Civil Court of the City of New York. On November 8, 2011, Mr. Rivera was elected to a four-year term as a Town Justice of the Greenburgh Town Court, County of Westchester, State of New York, and began his term on January 1, 2012. He serves as a Town Justice on a part-time basis.
Mr. Rivera began his private practice as a sole practitioner in January of 1985. He formed a law firm with ALTA co-founder Jose A. Muñiz known as Rivera and Muñiz, P.C. in New York City from 1988 to 1993. He retired from the firm of Rivera & Colon, LLP on August 1, 2013. Mr. Rivera represented clients in commercial litigation, business and real estate matters. He now has a legal advisory and business consulting practice based in White Plains, New York. He has represented small and medium sized business owners, individuals, union members, governmental agencies such as the Comptroller of the City of New York and Battery Park City Authority, and a few Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Rivera along with ALTA co-founder Juan J. Laureda participated as a member of a fact finding team that investigated alleged human rights violations in Chile during the military dictatorship. Mr. Rivera serves as a Site Inspector for the American Bar Association and has visited numerous law schools as a member of a team of inspectors who examine the programs and facilities at said law schools and report their findings to the Accreditation Committee. He has received numerous fiduciary appointments from Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York as a Court Evaluator in guardianship proceedings, Guardian, Referee to sell foreclosed properties, Receiver for numerous residential properties in New York City, and as Counsel to a Receiver. Mr. Rivera is married and has one daughter, two sons and two grandchildren. He is AV rated.
Law Offices of Walter Rivera, White Plains, New York