Alana L. Porrazzo

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Phoenix, Arizona

Ms. Riksheim is a commercial litigator whose primary practice areas include surety and fidelity and construction law.

Ms. Riksheim began her legal career at a private law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she represented sureties and contractors in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings. She joined Jennings Haug Cunningham in April 2018.

Areas of Practice

  • Surety & Fidelity
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Insurance Defense & Coverage
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 2016
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 2009

Published Works

  • Co-author with Matthew H. Sloan "The Quick Reference Guide to Western States Surety Law, Chapter 9" , WSS Conferences, LLC, 2019
  • Author, "A New Subchapter for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019" , The Monitor, Fall Conference Issue, 2019
  • “When Prevailing Wages Do Not Prevail: The Davis-Bacon Act in the Context of Public-Private Partnerships after CityCenterDC,” The Construction Lawyer (Winter 2018)
  • “Multimillion-Dollar Commas and ‘Magic Words’: The In re Deepwater Horizon Additional Insured Dispute,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal (2016)
  • “The Rise of the Exoneration Clause: The Second Circuit Holds a Downstream Covenant Not to Sue Enforceable in Sompo Japan Insurance Co. of America v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co.,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal (2015)
  • "Arizona's Judgment Validity and Renewal Deadline Extended from Five to Ten Years"


  • Co-Presenter with Joseph Brophy and John Fouhy, "Apologies from Arizona: Thirty Years after Dodge", 2019 Western States Surety Conference, Seattle
  • Speaker, “Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers,” National Business Institute (New Orleans, March 2018)

Honors and Awards

  • ABA Forum on Construction Law Student Writing Competition (winner), 2017
  • Ray Forrester Award for Constitutional Law, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Law Division’s Bankruptcy Subdivision , Co-Chair, 2019 - 2020
  • American Bar Association, TIPS, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Young Professionals Subdivision , Co-Chair, 2019 - 2020
  • State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present


  • French
  • Croatian