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HON. R. WILLIAM RIGGS
Willamette University and Portland State University, BS, 1961
University or Oregon, Law School, JD, 1968
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Prior to beginning service on the bench, Justice Riggs was a partner in the trial law firm Bennett Hartman where he practiced personal injury, family law, products liability and business litigation.
Justice Riggs retired from the Oregon Supreme Court and accepted Senior Judge status in October 2006, after serving on that court for approximately eight and one-half years. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Riggs served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals for ten years, four of which were as a presiding judge of panel two. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Justice Riggs served for ten years on the Circuit Court in Multnomah County where he served in a variety of capacities, including as chief family and probate judge and on the complex civil litigation panel. During his years as a trial judge, he handled a number of class action bank cases, construction defect litigation involving numerous in and out-of-state parties and the Fred Meyer leveraged hostile takeover by Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts, a case in which the parties waived a jury and required over six months of testimony. In total, Justice Riggs has almost 29 years of active judicial service at all judicial levels.
Justice Riggs is a member of the Oregon Judicial Conference, Senior Judges Association, and Oregon State Bar, where he served at various times as chair of the Family Law Section, chair of the Unlawful Practice of Law Committee and the Function and Organization of the Bar Committee (no longer an active committee). Justice Riggs has been a speaker, planner, panel member and otherwise a participant in many Bar sponsored CLE programs over the years.
Justice Riggs, until recently, served as a member of the Judicial Advisory Boards of the AEI/Brookings Institute and the Geo. Mason Law School: Law and Economics. He has participated in a number of national programs of judicial education for both appellate and trial judges.
Justice Riggs currently serves on the Educational Advisory Board of MC2, a large and respected construction forensic company that provides expert advice to both plaintiffs and defendants in construction defect litigation throughout the United States, and on occasion, elsewhere. He is a regular participant in MC2 educational programs that are well attended by mediators, judges and lawyers active in the construction defect fields.
Justice Riggs served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and was a member of the board of the Western Trial Lawyers Association, an association of trial lawyers in the Ninth Circuit.
Justice Riggs served as one of two justices on the Oregon Supreme Court in establishing a mediation program at the court and in preparing the court rules for that program. As a trial judge, he resolved many cases through an informal process that existed at the time. Justice Riggs completed the Willamette University Mediation Training Program and has participated in other mediation and arbitration programs offered by OLI, OSB and OTLA.