Law Office of Bonita M. Riggens
|Address :||669 1st Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL. 33701|
|Phone :||727-898-1401||Fax :||727-823-7351||Website :|
Representation in matters of business law, contract law, employment law, and licensing law. In additional to assisting in dispute resolution before lawsuits are filed, she also represents clients before courts and agencies. She has served as both a speaker and on many aspects of employment law for legal and non legal organizations. Ms. Riggens was one of the drafters of Respondentís Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Rehabilitation Act case of School Board of Nassau County v. Arline and of the Appellantís Jurisdictional Statement to the U.S. Supreme Court in the first amendment case of The Florida Star v. B.J.F. Both cases were decided in favor of her clients. She has been a Certified Mediator and has mediated over 300 cases and also was designated as a Florida Department of Insurance Approved Mediator. She has been a member of the 6th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board. She was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Masters of Public Administration Program and an instructor in the Pinellas County School Board Peer Mediation Program. Bonnie Riggens has been an attorney since 1984. She received her law degree from the University of Miami, with honors where she received a Law School Research Assistant Scholarship to Thomas A. Clingan, Professor of Law and conducted legal research, writing and editing for his textbook on Ocean Law. While at the University of Miami, she was a member of the Dean's List, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a member of the International Moot Court Team which won Second Place - Best Memorial, Southern Regional Competition, received the Society of Wig and Robe Moot Court Award , was a Semifinalist in the First Year Moot Court Competition, and was a Staff Member of the Law School newspaper and was a Legal Intern to a U.S. Magistrate in the Southern District of Florida. After law school, Ms. Riggens became a law clerk-staff attorney at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa for three and one half years. Before opening her own office, she was an associate attorney at two St. Petersburg law firms. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, her M.A. from Ohio University,and attended the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Ms. Riggens is graduate of Leadership St. Pete and has served as a volunteer with the following organizations: Center Against Spouse Abuse (CASA) St. Petersburg, Florida, The Spring Spouse Abuse Center, Tampa, Secretary of PTA, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, Florida, Loan Committee Member, Project Prosper, St. Petersburg. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Riggens worked as and as a radio announcer and a Conference Assistant in Washington, D.C., and as an academic researcher and then as a records management consultant in Chicago
Sarasota, Polk, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough, Highlands, Hernando
Wrongful Termination, Whistleblower, Wage and Hour, Unemployment Compenstation, Title VII, State FEP Agencies, Sexual Harassment, Severance, Religious Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Public Employees, Professional License Defense, Personal Injury, Non-Compete Agreements, National Origin Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, FMLA, Federal Employees, Federal Court Practice, Employment Contracts, Employment Agreements, EEOC Practice, Disability Rights, Defamation, Civil Service, Career Service, Attorney's Fees, Appellate, Age Discrimination, ADR, Mediator
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