Jeffrey A. Riggs


Jeffrey Riggs is a partner in the Lafayette and the New Orleans offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Professional Liability, Labor & Employment, Insurance Law, and Workers’ Compensation Practices. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas state and federal courts and has represented clients and litigated throughout on a broad range of legal issues including employment and labor matters, insurance coverage and bad faith advice and litigation, general liability, contract drafting, interpretation and indemnity, as well as admiralty, maritime and energy. Mr. Riggs also represented contractors, architects and other professionals against professional liability and construction defect claims.

Offices Held

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Board of Governors, House of Delegates Liaison, 2007-2008, 2010 - present; House of Delegates, 1994 - 1996, 1998-2002, 2005 - present)
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association (Board 2009-12, Promulgator Editorial Committee, 2004-08, Bench-Bar Committee (2004 - present, Chairman 2007))

Professional Presentations

  • 10 State Construction Anti-Indemnity Presentation (February 2016)
  • Managing Complex Claims presented to workers’ compensation claims professionals, Metairie, LA (September 2014)
  • Solving Common Settlement Problems presented to workers’ compensation claims professionals, Dallas, TX (September 2014)
  • "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - A Primer on the Rights and Obligations of Excess Carriers," presented to claims professionals (June 2014)
  • “Professionalism” (March 2014)
  • “Analyzing Indemnity & Insurance Obligations in Master Service Agreements” (Independent Insurance Agents of Houston) (Feb. 2008)
  • “Annual Update on Employment Law” (2001)
  • “Time Off in Louisiana: State and Federal Laws On Employee Leave, Vacations, and Holidays” (2001)
  • “Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law” (2000)
  • “An Update on Sexual Harassment”
  • “Central Louisiana SHRM Seminar, What’s New in Employment Law?”
  • “Effective Documentation”
  • “Effective Employee Evaluations, Discipline & Documentation” (For Medical Human Resources Society)
  • “Employment Discrimination Conference (The Basics)”
  • “Employment Law Basics”
  • “Employment Law for Managers (Truth is Stranger than Fiction)”
  • “Employment Law & the Medical Staff@
  • “Employment Law 101: The Pitfalls and Perils of Practice”
  • “ERISA, COBRA & HIPPA: An Overview of the Statutory and Regulatory Framework”
  • “FMLA”
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”
  • Sexual Prowess vs. Sexual Harassment, Keep Your Client From Getting Slapped (in the face or with a lawsuit)”


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Louisiana
    • Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court




United States Supreme Court


  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor)
  • Duhe Inn of Court (Master)
  • Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management

Awards & Honors

  • Indiana Law Review - Member, 1984 -1985 and Associate Editor, 1985 -1986
  • Indiana University Moot Court - National Order of Barristers
  • Dean Frandsen Award, 1986
  • Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year Award, 2001
  • Named “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment Law by Acadiana Profile magazine in 2019 and 2020


Indiana University

Juris Doctor, 1986

Indiana University

Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting, 1983

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