Richard A. Riggs


Over the course of his distinguished 49-year legal career with McAfee & Taft, Rick Riggs concentrated his practice in real estate and commercial transactions and established himself as one of Oklahoma’s leading real estate lawyers. At the time of his retirement in 2023, he was one of only nine attorneys in the state to be elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

After graduating with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1974, Rick returned home to Oklahoma and joined McAfee & Taft. For nearly 50 years, he represented clients of all sizes in real estate purchases and sales, real estate leasing and financing transactions, and secured transactions in personal property. Many high-profile transactions included real estate developments facilitated through federal, state and local government incentives, including tax increment financing and tax credits. In addition to his participation in project finance transactions, Rick also represented borrowers in connection with syndicated credit facilities.

During the last two decades of his career, as the United States began experiencing a sharp rise in the use of renewable energy sources, Rick served as the founding chair of the firm’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Industry Group and represented major developers, lenders and investors in major wind energy projects and assisted landowners in negotiating wind energy leases and easement agreements.

Highly regarded for his deep understanding and thoughtful analysis of real estate law, Rick readily shared his knowledge with others. In addition to serving as a go-to resource for all things real estate for his colleagues and clients, he authored papers and presented continuing education seminars on such topics as real estate acquisition and finance, loan foreclosures and workouts, commercial leasing, secured transactions, and wind energy leasing. Rick also taught Real Estate Transactions as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was also a contributing author to The Commercial Property Lease, published by the American Bar Association in 1993, and to the first and fourth editions of State-By-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases, published by Aspen Publishers in 2004 and 2012, respectively.

Rick’s achievements earned him perennial inclusion in the prestigious Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America (commercial finance law; commercial transactions/UCC law; equipment finance law; real estate law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan, 1974
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1971
    • Phi Beta Kappa