Jeanette Riggins

"People with diverse life experiences attack problems from different points of view, which makes for more innovative ideas."

A plum speaking engagement six months into her MG+M tenure showed partner Jeanette Riggins the firm’s strong commitment to diversity. “I was sent to do a mock trial at Perrin Conferences’ National Asbestos Conference. It’s the biggest presentation of the conference and to have an African-American woman representing the firm made a real statement,” she says. “When I arrived, the first thing I saw was a huge banner that read ‘At MG+M we recognize the importance of diversity.’ I was impressed that the firm focused on sending a strong diversity message at a premier legal conference.”

Jeanette is actively involved in promoting diversity through law school outreach, creative advertising and on-campus interviews, as well as internal policies. “We try cases in front of juries, and we need lawyers who represent the jury pool,” she says.

Jeanette also gives MG+M high marks for supporting women who want to combine family and career. Although technically part of the New Orleans office, she works primarily from her home in Houston, where her children are in school. “Not every firm would let me work from home,” says the mom of two. “That speaks volumes.”