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Frank E. Riggs

  • Arbitrator & Mediator
  • Riggs ADR
  • 4266 Exeter Close NW
  • Atlanta, Georgia 30327
  • Email:
  • Phone: (678) 596-7050
  • Cell: (678) 596-7050
  • Company Phone: (404) 261-0023
  • Fax:


  • Undergraduate: B.A. History/Political Science University of Southern Mississippi
  • Law School: J.D. University of Virginia/1974

Career History

Smith, Currie & Hancock – 1974  to 2005, Partner

Troutman Sanders –  2005 to 2018, Partner

Arbitrator & Mediator – Present


Frank Riggs is an arbitrator of construction and energy project disputes, and a retired partner of Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is the former head of the Troutman Construction Practice Group, and was a partner at Smith, Currie and Hancock for 25 years prior to joining Troutman Sanders.  For 40 years his practice focused exclusively on construction law matters, with a heavy focus on energy construction projects in the last 15 years of his practice.  He has counseled public and private owners, construction managers, general contractors, design-builders, engineering firms, subcontractors and suppliers in dispute avoidance, and represented construction project participants in complex construction disputes.  His construction law practice was national and international, involving a myriad of project issues and types, including power plants, pipelines, petrochemical plants, biomass projects, sports facilities, industrial plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, airports, hospitals, hotels, office buildings, golf courses, solar facilities, and military installations. During his time as a practicing attorney, he also served frequently as an arbitrator and mediator for complex construction project disputes.  Since retiring from Troutman Sanders at the end of 2018, his ADR practice fully occupies his time.

Professional Activities

Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers

Founding Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators

Association of General Contractors (leadership positions on national committees)

Construction Financial Management Association, President of the Georgia Chapter

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

ABA Section of Public Contract Law (Bonds & Insurance Committees, Co-Chair; Subcontracts Committee, Co-Chair)

Best Lawyers’ Atlanta Construction Lawyer of the Year (2012, 2015)

Recognized as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Construction by Chambers USA (Georgia – Band 1)

Selected to International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers

Design Build Institute of America, President of the Georgia Chapter

Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section, Chair

Dispute Review Board Foundation


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

“No Damages for Delay Clauses,” CFMA Building Profits (May/June 2013)


“Seven Deadly Contracting Sins,” CFMA  Building Profits (Sep/Oct 2012-2013)

National Editor, LienLaw Online, a comprehensive on-line resource covering lien laws in 50 states

“Material Price Escalation: Allocating the Risks, ” Construction Briefings (Dec 2006)

“Practical Steps to Help Subcontractor Weather Hard Times,”  CFMA Building Profits (Mar/Apr 2009)

“Documenting and Demonstrating Extra Work Claims,” CFMA  Building Profits (Jan/Feb 1997 and Jan/Feb 2014)

“Subcontract Termination: Ten Rules for Managing the Risks,” CFMA Construction Accounting and Taxation

“Managing Payment Risks: Navigating  the Lien Law Maze,” CFMA  Building Profits (Jan/Feb 2002)

“The New AIA Documents & Their New Risks,” CFMA  Building Profits (Jan/Feb 2008)

“How To Make Effective Use of Your Construction Lawyer,” CFMA  Building Profits (Mar/Apr 2005)

“Default Termination Checklist” State Bar of Texas Newsletter (Spring 2001)

“Avoiding Environmental Risks,” Dixie Contractor (Apr 1996)

“Georgia Construction Law: A Legal Perspective,” Lorman Publications (1998-1999)

“Project Checklists: A Practical Approach to Avoiding Pitfalls,” Co-Author with Tom Kelleher (1992)

“Owner Damages,” ABA Forum of the Construction Industry (1985)

Speaker: “Financial Solvency Through Better Contract Documents,” AGC/CFMA National Conference (2013)

Speaker: “Negotiating the Worst Construction Contract Clauses,” Georgia AGC Conference (2014)

Speaker: “Top Ten Construction Contract Clauses,” ABA Construction Forum Webinar (2013)

Speaker: “Infrastructure: From the Ground Up,” ABA Construction Forum (2012)

Speaker: “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” ABA Construction Forum (2013)

Speaker: “Green Building Risks,” Associated Owners and Developers National Conference (2010)

Speaker: “Contracts: A Specialty Contractor’s Perspective,” CFMA National Conference (2012)

Speaker: “Georgia Lien Law Changes,” CFMA (2009)

Speaker: “Comparing ConsensusDocs and AIA Owner and Design Professional Contracts,” AGC Webinar (2011)

Speaker: “The ABC’s of an Effective Construction Contract,” Seminar Group (2012)

Speaker: “Building Hotel and University Projects,” AOD National Conference (2008)

Speaker: “Georgia Construction Law,” Federal Publications (1996-1997)

Instructor: Graduate Level Construction Law courses, Southern Polytechnic Institute (2002-2003)

Speaker: “Fundamentals of Construction Law,” ABA Construction Forum (2002)

Speaker: “Georgia Lien Law,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2002, 2003, 2005)

Speaker: “Managing the Risks of Material Escalation,” Construction Financial Managers Association (2007)

Speaker: “Construction Administration by Design Professionals and Agency Construction Managers,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (Fall 2007)

Speaker: “The 2007 AIA A201 General Conditions,” Georgia AGC Chapter (2007)

Speaker: “Evaluating Construction Form Contracts,” CFMA Annual Conference (2008)

Moderator: ABA Construction Forum Committee Seminar – “Sticks and Bricks” (2007)

Speaker: “Owner Damages,” Annual Meeting of the ABA Construction Forum (1985)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Community Activities

Tophat Soccer Club, Vice-President and Board Member (1984 – Present)

Certified Soccer Referee

University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Board and Chapter President

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