Walter F. Wiggins, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University in 1983 with majors in Political Science and History. Wiggins received “Honors at Entrance” status and was awarded the Jesuit Community Scholarship. At LMU, Wiggins was active in student government, was a member of the university’s Honors Program, and was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society. In his senior year, Wiggins was designated the liaison between the student body and the Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees. Wiggins also served as President of the Young Republicans (LMU chapter) and was appointed by gubernatorial candidate (subsequently California Governor), George Deukmejian, to be his campus representative.
As an undergraduate, Wiggins completed a summer curriculum in Irish Politics and Government at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, through the Council on International Educational Exchange. In 1982 he received a degree in French Civilization (Certificat de Langue Française, Degré Supérieur Semestriel) from the Sorbonne (University of Paris), Paris, France. While studying at the Sorbonne, Wiggins participated in a cultural exchange program in the former Soviet Union and engaged in constructive dialogue with Soviet apparatchik in Moscow, Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Kiev.
Wiggins went on to complete graduate work in Washington, D.C., and in 1985 earned a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he studied under future U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and other luminaries of the United States Government and diplomatic corps. Thereafter, Wiggins completed law school at the University of Southern California, where he was designated a USC Merit Scholar, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1988. He is the USC Law School Class of 1988 recipient of the Carl Mason Franklin Prize for excellence in International Law, as well as a recipient of several American Jurisprudence Awards.
Wiggins is admitted to practice law in all California state courts, including the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was an associate attorney in a medium-sized business litigation firm in Los Angeles, California from 1988-1991, and has been in private practice ever since. He focuses on general business and civil litigation, and criminal defense, and has represented individuals and corporate entities in both state and federal courts in California and, as pro hac vice counsel, in several other jurisdictions throughout the United States.