Christina D. Riggs

Christina is the Co-Vice Chair of Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial and appellate matters, particularly for higher education institutions.  Christina's work for colleges and universities includes defending and advising them on critical issues of compliance, policy and liability, particularly those associated with Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, and student conduct matters. She also defends educational institutions facing ADA discrimination claims. 

Christina’s experience with Title IX and the Clery Act includes regularly advising institutions on regulatory interpretation questions and on policy preparation and implementation.  Christina also provides on-site Title IX training sessions and has taken lead roles coordinating large-scale proactive and reactive internal investigations of compliance with these federal laws.  These investigations have ranged from single-issue complaints involving a single party to extensive compliance reviews involving many campuses in a large university system. 

In addition to her higher education work, Christina devotes a portion of her practice to complex, environmental litigation and disputes under both ERISA and non-ERISA governed insurance policies.  Her insurance work focuses on the counseling and defense of clients on a host of coverage issues, including setoffs to disability benefits and statutory bad faith actions. 

Select representations include:

  • Defense of two separate Title IX complaints filed with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, each to a result of insufficient evidence to support the claims brought forth by the respective complainant.   
  • Summary judgment on CERCLA statute of limitations:  Summary judgment affirmed in favor of client defending a multi-million dollar CERCLA cost recovery action.
  • Summary judgment on piercing the corporate veil:  Summary judgment affirmed in favor of client, holding that the defendant is the successor-in-interest to a zinc processing company. 

In addition to her state bar admissions, Christina is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Christina is an avid runner and triathlete. She has completed numerous multisport distance events including Ironman Lake Placid.

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