J. Keith Rigg, Attorney at Law

Practice Limited To The Defense Of Those Accused Of Crimes

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Des Moines, IA

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Since 1982, J. Keith Rigg has provided legal advice and representation to clients in state and federal courts throughout Iowa, including Des Moines and Polk County. His practice is limited to the defense of those accused of crimes such as:

  • White Collar Offenses
  • Fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Homicide
  • Battery, Assault, and other Violent Crimes
  • Drug and Narcotic Sales and Possession
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Arson
  • Immigration and Visa Crimes
  • Child Pornography Offenses

While Mr. Rigg's practice has an emphasis in Federal criminal cases, he represents clients throughout the State of Iowa in many types of State crimes.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Felonies
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Education

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. With Honors - 1982
  • Illinois State University
    • B.S. With Honors - 1979

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Robinson, 639 F.3d 489, 2011, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States v. Pereyra-Gabino, 563 F.3d 322, 2009, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States v. Johnson, 588 F.Supp.2d 997, 2008, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States v. Shipley, 560 F.Supp.2d 739, 2008, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States v. Cobb, 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3601, 2007, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Arthur v. Iowa District Court, 553 N.W.2d 325, 1996, Iowa Supreme Court
  • United States v. Baker, 16 F.3d 854, 1994, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States v. Carter, et al., 960 F.3d 1007 , 2020, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • State v. Moffitt, 895 N.W.2d 922 , 2017, Iowa Court of Appeals
  • United States v. Dautovic, 763 F.3d 927 , 2014, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States v. Irlmeier, 750 F.3d 759 , 2014, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • State v. Nicoletto, 845 N.W.2d 421 , 2014, Iowa Supreme Court
  • United States v. Huerta, 655 F.3d 806 , 2011, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Classes/Seminars

  • Strategies in Handling Iowa OWI Cases, Lorman Education Services, 1999 to 1999
  • Criminal Defense Advocacy Course, Drake Legal Clinic, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2001 to 2001
  • Second Annual Criminal Defense Advocacy Course, Drake Legal Clinic, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002 to 2002
  • 17th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Iowa Association of Trial Lawyers, 2003 to 2003
  • Trial Lawyers Should Try More Cases, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Masters of Trial Seminar, 2003 to 2003
  • Masters of Trial Seminar, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, November, 2003 to 2003
  • Criminal Defense Advocacy Course, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 to 2004
  • Advancing Defense Strategies, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 to 2006
  • Federal Criminal Law and Procedure, Federal Public Defender's Office, 2006 to 2006
  • Anticipating Issues in Criminal Cases, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 11/12/2009 to 11/13/2009
  • Anticipating Issues in Criminal Cases, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011 to 2011
  • Create Your Reputation, Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Insanity, Drake Law School, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Remedies and Civil Procedure
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An "AV" certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Polk County Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Chair, 2003 to 2004
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past member, Board of Directors, 1982 to Present
  • C. Edwin Moore American Inn Of Court, Emeritus, 2019-present; Master of the Bench 2002 - 2019; Counselor, 2011; Vice President, 2012; President, 2013, 2002
  • Iowa State Bar Association, 1982 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Woodbury County, Iowa, First Assistant Public Defender, 1985 to 1986
  • Woodbury County, Iowa, First Assistant County Attorney, 1987 to 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission, 2005 to 2011
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association, Jury Instruction Committee, 2003 to Present
  • Section Chair, Iowa State Bar Association Criminal Law Section, 2003 to 2005

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Eta Sigma

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