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Charles Kenneth Wiggins

Washington Supreme Court
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Washington
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Biography

Charlie Wiggins was elected to the Supreme Court in 2010. He was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and focused primarily on representing hundreds of clients in appeals, both civil and criminal, in the State Supreme Court, the State Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and once as co-counsel in the United States Supreme Court, in addition to trying cases in several different counties throughout Washington. He practiced with a small Seattle law firm at the time known as Edwards, Sieh, Wiggins & Hathaway. He served as a judge on Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals, following which he established a small firm on Bainbridge Island handling exclusively appellate cases. He has also served as a pro tem superior court judge in a number of cases in King and Jefferson Counties and as a pro tem district court judge in Kitsap County.
The son of a career warrant officer, Justice Wiggins grew up in the Army and earned the Boy Scout Eagle Scout award. With the help of an ROTC scholarship, he attended Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He spent the next four years in the Army Military Intelligence Corps, leaving as a Captain. While in the Army, Justice Wiggins was able to attend night school, earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration. The G.I. Bill helped him to attend Duke Law School, where he graduated in 1976.

Justice Wiggins is a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee, the Administrative Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Temple of Justice Centennial Committee, the Appellate Education Committee, the Disciplinary Advisory Round Table, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee and the Board for Court Education. While in private practice, Justice Wiggins was active on the Washington State Bar Rules Committee, the Disciplinary Board, and other committees and task forces.

Practice Area
    Appeals & Appellate
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
Washington State Bar Association
ID Number: 6948
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Professional Experience
Justice
Washington Supreme Court
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Various
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Attorney with Edwards, Sieh, Wiggins & Hathaway, judge on Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals, established a small firm on Bainbridge Island, pro tem superior court judge in King and Jefferson Counties and pro tem district court judge in Kitsap County.
Captain
Army Military Intelligence Corps
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Education
Duke University School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Princeton University
B.A. (1969)
Honors: magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
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Awards
Herbert Harley Award
American Judicature Society
Humanitarian Award
Kitsap Bar Association
Professionalism Award
Young Lawyers Section of the Washington State Bar Association
Volunteer of the Year
Legal Clinic of the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle
Professional Associations
Supreme Court Rules Committee, the Administrative Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Temple of Justice Centennial Committee, the Appellate Education Committee, the Disciplinary Advisory Round Table, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee and the Board for Court Education
Member
Current
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Washington State Bar Association  # 6948
Member
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Mailing address
PO Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929
Washington State Supreme Court
415 12th Ave. SW
Olympia, WA 98501-2314
Telephone: (360) 357-2025