Jenny L. Riggs
Jenny Riggs is Of Counsel in the Trial and Litigation, First Amendment, Labor and Employment, and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She has vast litigation experience for a variety of public and private clients; from pre-trial litigation (including dispositive motions), pre-trial discovery, and various stages of motion practice, to trial. She has successfully defended clients in a range of complex matters.
In addition to her skills in the courtroom examining witnesses at trial and arguing motions, and her aptitude for taking and defending depositions, Jenny effectively manages discovery plans, including e-discovery on complex matters. She implements a rigorous quality assurance/quality control system to maximize efficiency and accuracy.
Jenny is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all U.S. District Courts in California.
- Represented the City of Chula Vista in obtaining a permanent injunction to close a strip club that violated zoning codes. The court also granted the City’s cost bill. The case validated the constitutionality of the City’s adult zoning and licensing ordinance that Meyers Nave drafted.
- Represented the City of Oceanside in obtaining dismissals of claims pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute in a dispute regarding the City’s rejection of an application to operate a digital billboard on a City right-of-way. At the end of public hearings, the City Council voted to deny approval of the applicant’s digital billboard project.
- Represented the County of San Bernardino in federal court litigation involving the ADA, and specifically the issue of whether County Hospital medical personnel provided effective communication to hearing impaired individuals who were treated at the Hospital. Settled the case, both with the plaintiff and with the Department of Justice, on terms beneficial to the County. Also settled a second case to the benefit of the County in which the plaintiff, a paraplegic, alleged in a federal action that he was denied on‐street parking accessibility to a store because the County failed to install an angled parking space and curb ramp that would enable him to access the store.
- Provided cities, including Modesto and Ventura, with legal advice on revisions to adult use ordinances, including urgency and moratorium ordinances.
- Defended the City of Modesto against federal claims brought by the owner/operator of a proposed strip club, obtaining dismissal before discovery began.
- In a matter relating to leases for operating a tourist train, successfully opposed the tenant’s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent a county transportation commission from terminating the tenant’s leases, and then obtained summary judgment against the tenant in an unlawful detainer action relating to the leases.
- Defended the County of Los Angeles in a series of lawsuits in federal and state courts brought by a married couple asserting land use, civil rights/takings, and First Amendment retaliatory claims. The original case settled after a Rule 68 offer. Remaining cases are subject of pending motions to dismiss.
- Representing a transit agency in an employment matter in which the former Director of Human Resources alleges retaliation and wrongful termination in violation of FEHA.
- Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a County in an employee termination lawsuit regarding the County’s highest paid unelected position, the County Administrative Officer. The plaintiff held the position for approximately five years and reported directly to the County’s Board of Supervisors. The Board voted to terminate the plaintiff’s employment and plaintiff claimed the County fired him because he had disclosed to a government agency information that he believed revealed a violation of state or federal law. The County asserted that the plaintiff was released as a high-level, at-will employee on a “no cause” basis pursuant to the County’s procedures.
- Defended a public transportation agency in litigation involving competing claims brought by a tunneling contractor, and the agency’s own cross-claims. The action involved disputes over differing site conditions, defective specifications, delay, liquidated damages, and chemical grouting costs.
- Brought suit on behalf of a water district seeking rescission of an interest rate derivative swap transaction, disgorgement of fees earned by defendants in those transactions, and fraud damages.
- Defended a multinational company in a five month toxic tort trial in Los Angeles brought by multiple foreign plaintiffs, obtaining a split verdict that was later overturned on appeal due to plaintiffs’ fraud.
- Defended a microelectronics company in a four month trial in San Jose, California, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict, subsequently recognized as a “Top Defense Verdict of the Year.”
- Represented a third party defendant against indemnity claims arising out of the client’s IPO.
- Defended a respirator manufacturer in numerous personal injury/product liability actions throughout California, including defending against claims of successor liability.
- Provided pro bono representation to women seeking domestic violence restraining orders.
- Provided pro bono representation to a California state prisoner in a religious discrimination case, seeking to enforce his First Amendment rights.
Honors and Awards
- 2010 Volunteer of the Year, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “e-Discovery,” 17th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2015
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Northwestern University School of LawJD, cum laude, 1999
- University of DallasBA, cum laude, 1992