Amalia S. Rioja – Partner

Amalia Rioja is a high impact strategic leader with more than 25 years of professional success in the law, government, business, and civic affairs. At Hoke LLC, Amalia provides legal and business strategy for clients with needs in the areas of government services, public-private partnerships and community relations. She represents governmental entities and private parties in connection with government projects, including public-private partnerships for social and economic infrastructure. She previously was an attorney with Baker & McKenzie, Deputy Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Public Access Counselor to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Deputy General Counsel to Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes. During her tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Quinn, Amalia oversaw and managed the portfolio of more than 20 state agencies, including the Department of Insurance, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Department of Revenue, to name a few.

Amalia also provides strategic consulting services at Rioja LLC. She currently serves as Chair of the Executive Ethics Commission of the State of Illinois, by appointment of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She also serves as Chair of the board of directors of the Healthy Communities Foundation, a $130M fund that focuses on health equity and social justice. Amalia is also a member of the board of directors of the Latino Policy Forum.

Oftentimes, Amalia’s clients have the need for experienced litigation and trial counsel to handle insurance coverage and other commercial matters. Amalia has associated with Hoke LLC to draw upon its attorneys’ decades of experience representing corporate policyholders and other clients in all facets of litigation and overseeing insurance regulatory issues, while at the same time offering Hoke LLC’s clients with a strategic counselor to help them navigate legal, policy and community issues attendant to, or in addition to their litigation needs.

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism (B.S., 1990)