Susan  - J. - Riggs

Susan J. Riggs

Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3867 - office
304.881.1544 - mobile


  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A. in History/Prelaw, Secondary Education, 1986
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1989


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Ms. Riggs' primary areas of practice are energy and public utilities.

Representative Experience

  • Representation before the West Virginia Public Service Commission on behalf of industrial consumers
  • Representation before the West Virginia Public Service Commission on behalf of water and sewer utilities, pipelines, and energy development companies
  • Preparing and litigating certificates for coal-fired and natural gas power plants and wind power projects
  • Participated in the drafting of West Virginia's electric deregulation plan
  • Co-chair of the Task Force established to review, and make recommendations concerning, the Public Service Commission's proposed rules for the government of water and sewer utilities
  • Preparing utility agreements
  • Developing and implementing programs and policies of the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council
  • Representing the Council as lender in loan transactions
  • Representing the Council before state legislative committees
  • Arguing cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on public utility matters
  • Representing the West Virginia Public Service Commission in receivership proceedings before circuit courts

Other Professional Experience

  • Executive Secretary, West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, June 1996 - August 1999
  • Staff Attorney, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, July 1991 - May 1996
  • Attorney, Mountaineer Gas Company, June 1989 - June 1991


  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Utilities Law
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