Randall R. Riggs

Indianapolis
T 317.237.3814
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Randy is a member in the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd, and practices in the firm’s product liability litigation group.

Randy devotes his practice to the defense of vehicle/equipment manufacturers and distributors headquartered in the United States and internationally.  He has acted as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts in 16 different states, served as product liability national coordinating counsel for two international manufacturers and served as Defense Liaison for all defendants in the Ford-Firestone MDL litigation that was based in Indianapolis.

Randy has received numerous awards and honors recognizing him as a leading product liability attorney by the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, the Outstanding Lawyers of America, the Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America®, and the Indiana Super Lawyers®.  He holds an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Randy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.  In 2002, he was named “Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year.”  He is a former Chair of DRI’s Product Liability Committee and a former member of DRI’s Board of Directors.  He is a 1977 graduate of the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington, and he currently is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors.

Experience

Randy has acted as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts in 16 different states, served as product liability national coordinating counsel for two international manufacturers and served as Defense Liaison for all defendants in the Ford-Firestone MDL litigation that was based in Indianapolis. 

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Diplomat Award from Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI)
  • International Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defense Lawyers
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2001–2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Indianapolis Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2004–2017
  • Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition, Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • “Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2002
  • “Rich Krochock Award,” Defense Research Institute, 2003
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute, Board of Directors, 2005-2007; Product Liability Committee, past Chair; Law Institute 2001-2004
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, Director, 2008; Product Liability Committee; Advocacy Practice & Procedure Committee, past Chair
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Alumni Association, Past President and Former Member of the Board of Visitors

Non-FBT Publications and Events

"Defending Ejection Mitigation Components", DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar - San Diego, CA, September 24, 2009

“Federal Preemption,” Child Restraint Systems Manufacturers Defense Counsel Meeting

“Theories of Defense in Product Liability Cases - An American Perspective,” Defense Research Institute (Brussels, Belgium)

“When Technology Outpaces Discovery Rules - Can Rule - Making Rescue Businesses From the Oppressive Burdens of EDiscovery?,” Joint International Conference (Barcelona, Spain)

“Emerging Issues That May Impact Litigation in the United States and Europe,” Joint International Conference (London, England)

Randy's published articles and speaking engagements reflect over three decades of experience in the products liability area:

“Dealing with the Turncoat Witness: The Trial Attorney's Perspective,” Defense Research Institute

“Defending the Foreign Corporation During United States Discovery,” Defense Research Institute

Other Contact Info

Assistant

Debi Lushell Ware
Email
T 317.237.3273
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