Charlie Wiggins

Wiggins & Masters, PLLC
Charlie WigginsCharlie Wiggins is a graduate of Princeton University, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii, and a law degree from Duke Law School.

Mr. Wiggins practiced in Seattle for 18 years. Mr. Wiggins left private practice to accept an appointment as a judge on Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals. Upon leaving the Court in 1995, he opened the Wiggins Law Offices (now Wiggins & Masters) on Bainbridge Island. Mr. Wiggins regularly appears in all three divisions of the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and on occasion in the United States Supreme Court. He frequently serves as a pro tem judge for the Jefferson County Superior Court.

Mr. Wiggins speaks frequently at continuing legal education seminars on appellate practice, constitutional law, personal injury/tort law, and other topics. He is active in the Washington State Bar Association, including: five years (one as chair) on the Court Rules and Procedures Committee, which reviews and recommends to the Supreme Court changes in court rules; three years (including one as chair) on the Court Congestion and Improvement Committee, which developed the Courtroom Decorum Guidelines under his leadership; three years (including one as chair) on the Disciplinary Board, which decides on disciplinary action for all attorneys licenced to practice in Washington State; currently serving as a disciplinary hearing officer for the WSBA. He is past President of the Washington Chapter of the American Judicature Society. He was recently awarded the Professionalism Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the WSBA.

Mr. Wiggins authored a series of articles on the Washington State Constitutional Convention of 1889. See "Articles" below. He has drawn on this research to give impersonations of two Convention delegates, George Turner of Spokane, a territorial Supreme Court judge and later United States Senator, and Edward Eldridge, Whatcom County advocate of woman suffrage.

His wife Nancy Wiggins, an R.N., left her position in the Epidemiology Department of Swedish Hospital in Seattle to become the office manager, bookkeeper and administrative assistant of the firm. They recently completed (in two days) the 202 mile Seattle to Portland bicycle ride. They have two children, Amy and Sam.


Publications

Washington Supreme Court Position 6: A Debate - Event Audio/Video
Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter
September 28, 2010