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Bonnie Riggens is owner of the Law Office of Bonita M. Riggens in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been a member of the Florida Bar in 1984, and is also a member of the Middle District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a Florida Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Middle District certified mediator and has mediated over 300 cases since 1991.  She became a Florida Department of Insurance Approved Mediator in October of 1991.

Ms. Riggens received her law degree from the University of Miami, cum laude (with honors).  She also has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. from Ohio University and attended the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Ms. Riggens served as law clerk/staff attorney for the Honorable Herboth S. Ryder of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal for 3 and ½ years. She was one of the drafters of Respondent’s Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of School Board of Nassau County v. Arline and of the Appellant’s Jurisdictional Statement to the U.S. Supreme Court in The Florida Star v. B.J.F. Ms. Riggens has served as both a speaker, author, and expert witness on several aspects of employment law. She has been a national and Florida member of the National Employment Lawyer's Association since 1993.  The great majority of her practice is employment law.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
  2. Contracts: 15%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Administrative Law: 10%



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

669 1st Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL, 337013601


FLMember in Good Standing198406/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Member AdmissionPhi Kappa Phi Honor Society1984
Dean's ListUniversity of Miami School of Law1983
Second Place - Best Memorial, Southern Regional CompetitionPhillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition1983
Moot Court AwardSociety of Wig and Robe1983
Law School Research Assistant ScholarshipUniversity of Miami School of Law1982
Dean's ListUniversity of Miami School of Law1982
Semifinalist, Moot Court CompetitionUniversity of Miami School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Bonita M. Riggens1995 - Present
AssociateAcosta & Mann1990 - 1995
AssociateRahdert Acost and Dickson1986 - 1988
Senior AttorneySecond District Court of Appeal1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Association - Florida ChapterLegislative Vice PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hamilton v. Unemployment Appeals CommissionPlaitiff won
Barron v. Florida Freedom NewspapersOrder sealing file reversed
E.W. v. Pasco CountyPending
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Publication nameTitleDate
Press Release by Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyer's AssociationSubject: President Obama signs Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD with honors1984
Ohio UniversityInternational Affairs - African StudiesMA - Masters1976
University of Wisconsin, OshkoshInternational AffairsBA1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
A seminar to educate the public on Unemployment Compensation Benefits and the Administrative Hearing ProcessUnemployment Compensation2011
Florida NELA Spring ConferenceFee Agreements - Florida Bar Rule 4-1.5, Ethics Opinions and Florida Case Law2005
Basic Employment Law in the 90's-An Introduction to Employment LawEmployment Law1997