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Shawnna R. Riggers

Child custody Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.5   19 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

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Shawnna was born and raised in Idaho, where she learned the importance of hard work. She was first exposed to the opportunities and diversity Arizona has to offer while attending Arizona State University, graduating from the Barrett Honors College and earning a B.S. in Marketing. After graduation, she attended Seattle University School of Law. Shawnna honed her own research skills in law school, and she taught them to others while working at the law library and for Westlaw. She interned at Koenig and Associates.

Shawnna began her professional legal career in 2006, moving to Montana to help the local business community as an associate at Bjornson Law Offices. As her career developed, she had an opportunity to move to Phoenix in 2007.

In 2010, Shawnna founded her own law firm and has limited her practice exclusively to family law. She is passionate about helping families move through the legal process while aiming to minimize the level of distress they experience.

With every case, her goal is to assist each family in reaching a settlement, when possible, and to guide her clients through litigation when necessary. At Arizona Family Law Attorneys, she also works to make the adoption process as easy as possible for adoptive families and to ensure that birth parents understand the process while supporting the selfless choice they make to place their child for adoption.

She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Executive Committee of the Juvenile Law Division, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. Shawnna was named Attorney of the Year for the East Valley for 2010-2011 by the Family Lawyers Assistance Project, and she was recognized by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education as one of the top pro bono attorneys in all of Arizona.

Particularly drawn to the challenges faced by kids in Arizona, Shawnna volunteers frequently with Community Legal Services, foster children, and the Family Lawyers Assistance Project.

 

In her free time, Shawnna enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys cooking and craft projects, especially knitting.

 

Licensed for 15 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/18/2022
State MT
Status Inactive
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Brad | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Shawnna took us in and guided us through the adoption process with our child. She was professional from the beginning but is such a hard worker. She made everything extremely easy for us! I would recommend her in a heart beat! Definitely the attorney you want to be representing you during any legal matter!
Posted by Sean Edgeington | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Arizona Family Law Attorneys is an excellent firm to work with. We have worked with Shawnna in the past and have had nothing but excellent experiences with. We contacted Arizona Family Law Attorneys in the beginning of April 2016. My wife and I were looking to adopt a baby boy and Shawnna Riggers worked with us and the birth parents to ensure our adoption went smooth and without any major issues. She explained everything to us and ensured our birth parents were ready and serious about proceeding. Our adoption, although complex at times, she made it a happy occasion. Adoptions can be difficult for both parties, but Arizona Family Law Attorneys worked quickly from start to end. I would definitely recommend their services for a private adoption and we plan to use them again when my wife and I are ready for foster to adopt. Thank you, Sean Edgeington
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Posted by Olivia | December 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Az Family
Michael Crane was my attorney during my child custody case. He was amazing. He walked me through what to expect and worked hard during trial. The outcome was in my favor and I’m more then satisfied with my time working with him. I highly recommend.
Posted by Julie | September 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to work with!
Michael Crane was my attorney who I ended up hiring for an issue regarding my family law case. He and Amanda were wonderful to work with; professional, efficient, compassionate, and understood my issue well. There was no problem getting the desired outcome (albeit my issue was not complicated) and I would highly recommend Michael's services to anybody. Thanks very much!
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Posted by Jacqui | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Above and Beyond!
don't even know where to start! Shawnna Riggers and her team are incredible in every way! Even though I live on the other side of the country, she went out of her way to assist me with a guardianship case for my grandson who was originally from AZ. Although she initially felt I wouldn't need her services, she still gave her time and knowledge to guide me. She was so kind and understanding and went above and beyond to ease my concerns and make legal recommendations. I did eventually retain her services and she adjusted her fee (a significant reduction) based on what she thought I would need. After that, she ended up reimbursing most of the retainer. I would have paid her DOUBLE for the peace of mind that she provided for me...but she gave me my money BACK. She still reaches out to me to find out how the case is going in my state. This is a person (and team) who are ethical (yup, I said it...this LAWYER is ETHICAL) and truly concerned with doing the best for the families they represent. Do not hesitate to contact them! You won't regret it!
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Posted by Angel | May 28, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Could not have done it without her
Shawnna was amazing! She guided me in the best way possible, I would not have been able to do it without her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone, Shawnna knows her stuff. Thank you for everything!
Posted by LAR | March 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption of Two Beautiful Girls
I am not eloquent or do I articulate my feeling well. With that said I cannot express how wonderful it was to work with Shawnna for my adoptions in 2017. I adopted two little girls I was fostering and it was an extremely scary and difficult case and Shawnna was amazing! She even showed up in court with only hours notice and secured an order that no one could remove the girls from our home as we had found out there was another party able to do this! Take about peace of mind! I thank my stars I had briefly spoken to Shawnna before that had happened. We immediately hired her and the adoptions went smoothly from then on. We welcome our girls into their forever home on Sept 12, 2017. I highly recommend Shawnna for your adoptions!
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Posted by Vanessa | January 20, 2018
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God Appointed, Client Approved
One day I was eating lunch in the middle of a perfectly normal work day. When I looked out on the porch and saw a woman who was obviously in distress. Not physically but emotionally and spiritually for sure. I felt God tell me, "She needs a friend" so I introduced myself. Fast forward 7 years. She passes away leaving instruction for me to care for her teen-ager. I had no idea what to do... but God did. He sent a friend who put me in touch with Shawna Riggers and Arizona Family Law Attorneys. She was amazing! When I was thoroughly confused and freaking out a little she had it all under control. She was by my side fighting 2 separate interested parties who had more legal standing than I did. The child's father and her maternal uncle. Shawna never wavered. She said to me many times, "I have no doubt that child is right where she belongs!" And she made the judge see that too. I am eternally grateful for the time and effort she put into our case and am proud to announce that due to Shawna's relentless pursuit of justice, we now have a brand new bouncing teenaged girl!
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Posted by Amy | December 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing adoption attorney
Shawnna is hands down the best attorney I have ever worked with, both personally and professionally. She handled our contested private adoption with professionalism and we could not have gotten through the ordeal without her. Our case had many layers to it, including multiple consents, publications, a deposition, mediation, trial and agreements. Shawnna was fantastic through it all, and I would recommend her to anyone in need of a family law attorney.
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Posted by Connie | December 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
We had our 1st consultation with Shawnna and explained everything to us, she is a great lawyer, even though the adoption took 2 years, it was well worth the wait. Shawnna was always professional and kept us informed of everything we needed to know by telephone or by an e-mail. Everyone at the office was respectful and professional. We want to Thank Shawnna and her staff for the Great Job you did for our case.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Legal Family Lawyer Outstanding Service
I hired Ms Riggers back in 2011 and the firm has always been detailed and informative of all the options and answers questions in a timely manner. My case has been on-going for many years. The outcomes have been more than favorable and for anyone that needs to have Family matters resolved. I would highly recommend this firm! Shawnna Riggers and all the staff have kept my family together!
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Posted by Barry | November 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Family Attorney
Shawnna, was exceptional in helping us with the adoption of our daughter. She kept costs down and helped us understand exactly what to expect in the process. I would highly recommend her and would not hesitate to utilize her services again in the future.
Posted by Erin | November 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Shawnna was amazing! We hired her once our severance was approved to complete our adoption. We had a few problems with our state assigned case worker but Shawnna was there very step of the way to ensure that everything was complete for our adoption on the original date we requested. She never hesitated to respond promptly to my questions (of which I may have had quite a few) and was incredibly pleasant and professional throughout. I am so glad we found Shawnna and had her as our attorney through this process. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Eric | February 16, 2015
Great lawyer
Shawnna is an awesome lawyer and a great person !!!! She has been there for me and my daughter for over 3 years now. She has had to endure a LOT of craziness from the other side and has handled it with a great deal of professionalism. I have recommended Shawnna to others and do recommend her to anyone struggling with custody issues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
First Class
Ms. Riggers is amazing! I have been with her now as a client for over a year. I have a very high stress case with a high stress ex. She is very compassionate and empathetic to what I have been through and currently going through. I never have a problem getting in touch with her or her wonderful office staff. I always get my questions and concerns addressed in a timely fashion. Her turn around time on work is excellent. Ms. Riggers has been extremely knowledgeable, honest, very methodical and on point in every aspect of my case. She is persistent will take a stand with you for what is right. I would recommend Ms. Riggers to anyone in need of family legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2014
Sometimes you get more than what you pay for!
I hired Shawnna to take on my child custody/visitation/child support case. She is experienced, knowledgeable, does her research, doesn't make false promises or lead you to believe in unrealistic expectations; she is very personable and produced brilliant petitions and responses on my behalf. Shawnna held my hand through every step of the process (winning every step of the process, mind you) and made me feel very comfortable and reassured during a stressful drawn out process. Although we dealt with very difficult opposing party and counsel, Shawnna handled all matters with class and professionalism. She proves you don't have to be a bull(y)dog attorney if having exceptional knowledge of the law is your tactic to get positive results and consistent wins. I would highly recommend Shawnna to anyone needing an attorney for any matter. Shawnna was fully invested in fighting for me and I highly doubt my outcome would have turned out the way it did without her legal advice and diligent work.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2015
Overall trustowrthy, skilled, balanced, family law attorney
Shawnna Riggers is a great lawyer and I was very impressed with her services. My case was very complicated and changed dramatically over its year long duration. Shawnna was very helpful and informative in letting me know what my options were and what she felt would be the best decisions. I never felt like Shawnna's advice was based off her own personal financial gain, but rather what was best for my child and me. Shawnna and her office put a lot of time and effort into my case and trial. She was always willing to do anything I suggested or alternative explain why she didn't feel something would bring enough value in comparison to the associated cost or fees. For the most part Shawnna was very proactive in meeting deadlines and she kept me apprised of important dates and timlines. Shawnna even went above and beyond by providing me with her personal cell phone contact when she was going to be away but knew it might be necessary for me to contact her. Shawnna's legal advice was overall very sound. She has a robust family law skill set and understanding, and was always willing to research or discuss options with her professional colleagues when she wasn't as familiar with a situation. She never overpromised and always let me know what I could realistically expect in any situation I was faced with. At times, I did feel like Shawnna and her staff were very reactive as opposed to proactive, especially when my case's deadlines were farther down the road. I would have liked for her to be a little more proactive in coming to me with suggestions of things we could do to counteract or best argue claims from the opposing party. A few times I found we thought of things we could do that would be very helpful, but by that time it was too late. While I appreciated Shawnna's willingness to let me do some of the leg work associated with my case to ensure I was incurring minimal attorney costs, as previously mentioned, there were times I felt like I was the one thinking of solutions or strategies when I would have liked for her to come to me with these suggestions instead. Unfortunately this did at times result in me feeling insecure that we were doing enough or the right things to ensure ta favorable outcome. However, these are very nit picky, limited and isolated feelings I had over the course of a very long, complex and overwhelmingly positive experience. Shawnna helped me successfully navigate the legal system and gave me sound advice when presented with some pretty crazy situations. Shawnna gracefully dealt with the multiple lawyers, changes and even absurd situations presented from the opposing party. In the end, Shawnna was able to secure everything requested to ensure the safety and well being of my child. I would definitely recommend her to others in my situation that need a trustworthy, balanced, friendly and skilled family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A nightmare
I do not recommend Shawnna Riggers. Please do your research on an attorney who will care about you, your child and your case and not only about the money. I hired her in 2016, she was paid up front and she only appeared to the initial hearing. She showed no real interest in my concerns but very agreeable with the opposite party. My case literally almost went downhill during her representation. I had to terminate with her representation because she was on vacation and had nothing prepared before the hearing but instead used the excuse "you won't be able afford my representation if we go further" only assuming. She was initially paid everything in full, even paid for calls I made to her in which she wasn't of any help to provide guidance or proper advice. Most of the representation, I felt alone and always looking for other attorneys advice. It was just the worst experience ever, specially when you're talking about your child. I'm glad I found another attorney who did care and my case ended in my favor. This attorney is just a waste of time and waste of money the only thing gained was stress.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Maybe great for adoption not so much divorce with custody.
worked with Shawnna as a she was referred and supposed to be amazing. she was very into what was going on. With my case then passed on to another attorney. No biggie thought things were great but they left countless things on the table never even brought them up in court. they just wanted to get a settlement between be and my ex. Now my ex has left the state with out any of my knowledge or the courts nothign i can do becasue it was left out of the decree and parenting plan along with so much other stuff that I have to fight for now. They talk a good game. my experience is now i have to hire another attorney to fix their mess of custody paper work. Yes, I read it and said sounds good but they do this for a living sorry this was my 1st divorce or custody appearance. Ive heard and read wonderful things about her adoption proceedings both me and the friend who referred me are now very displeased having issues with our custody orders. and because there is nothing in the documents saying ex needed to notify or cant leave state now have to track down my children in another state. Then file a ton more paper work for the court. police cant do anything why? becasue its not in the custody agreement have to take it up with the court.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Shawnna R. Riggers, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Teacher
  • Lamson College
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Bjornson Law Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Koenig & Associates
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Juvenile Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Extraordinary Dedication and Meritorious Service
  • The James W. Mahoney Award
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
  • 2012
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • 2012
  • FLAP Attorney of the Year - East Valley
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (6)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawnna and I were opposing counsel on a dissolution of marriage case. Throughout our interactions, I was impressed with her legal knowledge, professionalism, and work product. She was a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her!"
Adoption Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawnna and I worked together on an interstate adoption. She was extremely competent and professional."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawnna is a very caring and wonderful adoption attorney. She makes the experience wonderful for the families."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawnna is an effective and aggressive advocate for her clients."
Child support Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawnna is a pleasure to work with. Our clients certainly did not see eye to eye but Shawnna was professional, courteous and knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawnna is an aggressive attorney who is passionate about representing her clients. She maintains a level head to guide clients through difficult situations in efforts to attain favorable results, without creating unreasonable expectations, as many others do."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Riggers is a skilled and knowledgeable advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawnna is an excellent attorney that advocates for her client while remaining reasonable and solution focused."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawnna is a great lawyer in the community and an effective advocate for her clients. Having worked in opposition to Shawnna on some cases, I can say that she is pleasant to work with, cares about her clients, and helps find solutions for difficult situations."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Riggers is without a doubt a strong advocate for her clients. I personally refer individuals to her for assistance in their adoption proceedings because with Ms. Riggers I know she will work hard to achieve her client's goals each and every time."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Shawnna Riggers is an outstanding attorney who is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Friend
"Shawnna and her team are excellent! I fully endorse her and her office. If you are thinking about adoption or know someone in need of family law help, you need to call Shawnna"
Adoption Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawnna is a passionate advocate for families and her work benefits from her passion."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Riggers is a strong advocate and very conscientious in her efforts to obtain fair results for her clients. She is intelligent in the choices she helps her clients make and always looks out for her clients' best interests."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawnna is an excellent adoption and family law attorney. I refer all of my adoption cases to her."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawnna is an excellent attorney. She truly cares about her clients and is very knowledgeable."
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Phoenix Child custody Lawyer Shawnna R. Riggers
Shawnna R. Riggers
Child custody Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 15 years