Jeanette S. Riggins

Jeanette S. Riggins Partner

P 504 535 2880 F 504 535 2886
One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3000
New Orleans, LA 70130
One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3000, New Orleans, LA 70130
Overview

Jeanette Riggins is a trial attorney with a wealth of experience. She currently serves on the National Trial Team for multiple clients and regularly appears in state and federal courts in various states. Beyond this work, Jeanette is also a member of the National Coordinating Counsel and Regional Coordinating Counsel teams for several of the firm’s clients, managing and supervising local counsel in the defense of companies. Jeanette has received Martindale Hubbell’s prestigious AV Preeminent Rating and was also recognized as one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America. Her practice primarily focuses on products liability, general liability, toxic tort, construction litigation, insurance defense, and premises liability claims. Jeanette has defended an extensive array of clients including product manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, employers, premise defendants, executive officers, and insurance companies. In the context of products liability, she has defended a diverse group of clients including manufacturers and/or suppliers of friction products, gaskets, packing, pumps, joint compound, asbestos containing pipe, explosion proof fittings, circuit breakers, arc chutes, and cosmetic talcum powder products. Jeanette has also defended against environmental litigation claims, including claims related to benzene exposure, as well as environmental contamination from dry cleaning operations.

Jeanette earned her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 2000. While in law school, she was a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board, and winner of the 2000 Phelps Dunbar Senior Trial Competition. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the honorable J. Sterling Snowdy, Madeline Jasmine, and Mary Becnel of the 40th Judicial District Court, State of Louisiana.

Jeanette is admitted to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as well as before the United States District Courts for all Districts of Louisiana, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In addition to being a member of the bar associations for all states in which she is admitted to practice, Jeanette is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Lawyers Association, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute. She is also a member of the distinguished Trial Advocacy faculty at Louisiana State University.

Trial Experience

Over the past decade, Jeanette has served as lead trial counsel for a number of clients, including contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in asbestos lawsuits across the country.

Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • US District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Texas
  • US District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law, JD, 2000
  • Louisiana State University, BA, 1997
Recognition

Recognition

  • 2021 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law honoree
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, Product Liability Litigation—Defendants, 2020–2023 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer and Judicial Review Rating
  • National Top 100 Black Lawyers

Involvement

  • Member of MG+M Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member of MG+M Women's Forum
  • Member of National Black Lawyers
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow
  • LSU Trial Advocacy Faculty
  • 2018 American Bar Association National Mock Trial Competition Judge (final round)
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Lawyers Association
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Texas State Bar Association

News & Insights

    Speaking Engagements

  • Asbestos Medicine Seminar, DRI
    November 2, 2022
    • Speaker, 2022 Perrin Conferences’ Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, "Large Verdicts in the Covid Era: What are the Long-Term Impacts? And Why?” Beverly Hills, CA, March 7–8, 2022
    • Speaker, 2019 New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's "A Morning at the Federal Courthouse" event, "Oral Advocacy: What to do Once You're in the Courtroom," New Orleans, LA, June 19, 2019
    • Speaker, 2016 Perrin Conferences’ Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, “Friction Science: Fact, Fiction and Disparate Use of Science,” Beverly Hills, CA, March 14-15, 2016
    • Speaker, 2016, Perrin Conference's National Asbestos Litigation Conference, "Talc Mock Trial Exercise: Opening Arguments & Live Jury," San Francisco, CA, September 12-14, 2016
    • Speaker, 2014, Houston Bar Association, Medicare Secondary Payer Act, MMSEA Reporting Requirements
Best Lawyers in America
Martindale Hubbell AV Rating