On February 1, 2000, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously confirmed Mayor Anthony Williams' nomination of Robert R. Rigsby as Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia. Mr. Rigsby had served as Interim Corporation Counsel and Acting Corporation Counsel since July of 1999. As the chief law officer of the District of Columbia, he is responsible for the conduct of all the legal business of the government of the District. Mr. Rigsby oversees 547 employees, including 230 lawyers, and administers an annual operating budget of over $48 Million.
Previously, Mr. Rigsby was Deputy Corporation Counsel for the Enforcement Division, which brings criminal charges as well as affirmative civil and administrative actions on behalf of the District. He was the acting Principle Deputy Corporation Counsel from February 1, 1997 to September 17, 1997.
Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Mr. Rigsby was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Narcotics Division. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Rigsby served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. While in the Army, Mr. Rigsby served as a prosecutor, defense attorney, administrative law attorney, international law attorney, law of war attorney, legal advisor to the Multinational Force and Observers (Sinai, Egypt), and Special Assistant United States Attorney for Tennessee and Kentucky.
Mr. Rigsby has received a number of awards, decorations, and honors for outstanding trial work and acts of heroism and valor. He is presently a Major in the United States Army Reserves and the senior legal officer for a Military Police Brigade.
Mr. Rigsby is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the United States District Court Bar, the Hawaii State Bar, and the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
As part of the President's National Capital Revitalization and Self-Improvement Act, Mr. Rigsby was selected as one of nine commissioners to recommend modifications to the District of Columbia's Advisory Commission on Sentencing. Mr. Rigsby was appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to serve on that Court's Committee on Grievances. He was appointed Chairman of the District of Columbia Legal Affairs Committee for the 1997 Presidential Inauguration. Since 1991, Mr. Rigsby has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College.
Mr. Rigsby is a member of the District of Columbia Coalition Against Drugs and Violence. He serves as a mentor for the Youth Enhancement Project of Shiloh Baptist Church's Family Life Center in Washington, D.C. and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center.
Mr. Rigsby was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Vallejo, California. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law. At San Jose State University in California, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction. At the end of his sophomore year in college, Mr. Rigsby earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.
Mr. Rigsby is married to the former Anna Blackburne, a Hearing Commissioner on the District of Columbia Superior Court, who was nominated by President Clinton on October 27, 1999 to the Superior Court. They are the proud parents of a son, Julian Christopher Rigsby.