Justice David Wiggins
Justice Wiggins, West Des Moines, was
appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003.
Wiggins, who was born in Chicago, earned his
bachelor's degree from the University
of Illinois in Chicago in 1973. He graduated with honors and Order of the
Coif from Drake University Law
School in 1976. While in law school he served as associate
editor of the law review. Justice
Wiggins began his legal career as an associate in the West Des Moines law firm of Williams, Hart,
Lavorato & Kirtley. He became a partner in the firm in 1979.
to joining the court, Justice Wiggins was active in numerous bar organizations
including serving on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association,
and serving as president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, senior counsel
for the American College of Barristers, master emeritus of the C. Edwin Moore
American Inn of Court, a founding sponsor of the Civil Justice Foundation, and
an advocate for the American Board of Trial Advocates. He served as chairperson of the Judicial
Qualifications Commission from 2000 until he joined the supreme court. He
received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Iowa Trial Lawyers
Association in 1999.
Wiggins is married and has three children.
His current term expires December 31, 2020.