Rikki Lober Bagatell is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups.

Rikki is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney. In her corporate practice, she represents domestic and foreign clients in:

  • outside general counsel services to coordinate legal needs of clients on a real time basis;
  • purchase and sale of businesses through asset transfer, stock transfer, merger, and other structures;
  • structuring new business entities and joint ventures;
  • private offerings of securities and venture capital transactions;
  • strategic planning and compliance matters;
  • contracts, including commercial agreements, sales agreements, license agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements and non-competition agreements;
  • split-ups; and,
  • general corporate matters.

Her healthcare practice includes structuring new healthcare-related ventures, the purchase and sale of provider and healthcare businesses, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, governance issues, and general corporate advice. She has extensive experience in the area of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including all phases of real estate acquisitions, development, financing, including tax credit financing, leasing and dispositions.

Prior to joining Shutts, Rikki practiced corporate and real estate law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her experience includes negotiating and structuring mergers and acquisitions for a wide variety of clients; representing municipalities in structuring public/private partnerships, including traditional and tax credit financing, corporate, and real estate matters; general corporate and contracting matters; and drafting and negotiating master leases and operating agreements in connection with the development and renovation of hotels, mixed-use facilities, and high profile live performing arts venues.



  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Cornell University, B.A., History, 1997, with distinction in all subjects

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Louisiana

Professional and Civic

  • Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
    • Trustee, 2015-2018
    • Board of Directors, 2018-Present
  • American Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter
  • Florida Bar, 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “D” Member
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Transaction Law Committee
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2014; General Counsel 2014-2018; Bylaws Task Force Chair; Board of Governors
  • Erica Whitfield, Palm Beach County School Board Member District 4, Re-Election Campaign Treasurer 2017-18
  • Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, Caribbean Wind Host Committee
  • Temple Israel West Palm Beach, Board of Governors

News & Insights


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2023
  • Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Woman of Worth Award Nominee, 2018
  • "Top Lawyer," Palm Beach Illustrated, 2018, 2021, 2022
  • "Top Lawyer," Jupiter Magazine, 2022
  • CREW National Economic Improvement Impact Award, 2012
  • Louisiana SPCA Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian Award, 2008

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