Danialle Riggins began volunteering for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida as a law student. She joined the pro bono panel in 2009 and has participated in monthly legal advice clinics since then. Danialle, a sole practitioner, will also provide telephone legal advice and see clients in her office if their legal matter needs attention before a scheduled clinic. Over the years Danialle has helped almost 100 clients and provided numerous hours of pro bono legal assistance to low income residents of Marion County.
Danialle graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Communications/Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. Danialle then graduated in the inaugural class at Florida A&M University College of Law in 2005 after first pursuing a successful journalism career. She founded her firm in 2008 and has since built a reputation as an adept, results-focused legal adviser and trial-ready litigator who puts people first. Today, she also is an adjunct professor teaching employment law, business ethics and select other subjects to students at Webster University at Ocala.
Providing top-notch legal representation is only one of Danialle ‘s many contributions to the community. She is a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from workplace laws and rights to protecting children in divorce proceedings and has served as an expert witness in fee cases for CLSMF staff attorneys. In addition to her pro bono work through CLSMF she also donates time and effort as a volunteer at her church and a board member for ARC Marion, which focuses on creating opportunities for the developmentally disabled.
When asked why she does pro bono, Danialle responded, “most people know the phrase, ‘justice for all.’ I actually believe in ‘justice for all.’ Yet, justice comes in many forms. Spending time providing legal advice and education through pro bono work is my way of helping society seek justice. Pro bono work is one of the best ways to equalize the legal playing field. Once a person learns his/her rights, grasps the concept of what may happen in court, and now can gage the nuances of the laws of the land, justice can be served. For these reasons, I dedicate my time to provide pro bono legal services as often as I can.”