150 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219
Corporate & Securities
Startup & Venture Capital
Estate Planning & Administration
Brandeis School of Law (University of Louisville), J.D., graduated with honors
University of Tennessee, B.S., Finance
Casey Riggs is a corporate and business attorney who represents companies of all sizes, from startups to large corporations, and in all stages of the business life cycle, from entity formation through an exit event. Casey also represents many of his clients in estate planning and administration.
Casey formerly worked at the regional law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP where he was a partner. He co-founded Riggs Davie PLC in the spring of 2012 after nine years with Wyatt. Prior to practicing law, Casey worked for Mercer Human Resource Consulting for five years as a consultant on executive benefits and compensation matters and for two years with First American National Bank.
Sale of Business – Successfully negotiated, handled, and closed a $9.5M sale of a closely-held service business to a larger, private-equity-backed competitor
Acquisition of Business – Represented an equipment sales and leasing company in an acquisition of a similar business valued at approximately $5M
Venture Capital/Securities – Successfully led and closed multiple rounds of private equity and/or debt offerings from angel and private equity/venture capital investors for a large retail financial services chain and for a business in the health care consulting and software space
M&A; Contracts – Negotiated and handled numerous matters for a nationwide distributor of tanning and similar products, including negotiation of distributorship agreements, lease agreements, credit facilities, and acquisitions of two competing businesses
Equity Compensation – Developed, drafted, and assisted several clients with implementation of stock option and restricted plans, “profits interest” plans, retention bonus plans, and other deferred compensation vehicles
Employment Agreements – Negotiated numerous employment, noncompetition, non-solicitation and similar agreements for both employers and employees
Startup Work – Helped many startups with entity formation (usually corporations or limited liability companies) and drafted related shareholder or operating agreements
Disputes - Helped many clients resolve and settle disputes with partners, vendors, and other third parties without litigation
Real Estate/Leasing – Represented a rapidly expanding retail business in negotiation of leases, subleases, and or purchases followed by sale/leaseback transactions for approximately 20 new locations
Bank Financing – Represented a borrower in connection with obtaining senior bank financing totaling approximately $15M
Disputes – Helped many clients resolve and settle disputes with partners, vendors, and other third parties without litigation
Estate Planning – Created and drafted hundreds of estate plans for various clients, ranging from young families with children to wealthy families facing estate and gift taxes (See our Estate Planning & Administration page for more information)
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Casey is a frequent contributor to the Strictly Business Law Blog where he has written extensively on legal topics of interest to his business clients. Casey and his partner, Alex, spoke at a national seminar on due diligence in business acquisitions in July 2013. Casey spoke to the Estate Planning Council in the fall of 2013 on estate planning for estates of less than $10 million.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONSNashville Bar Association, Member