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Jarrel L. Wigger

North Charleston, South Carolina

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Jarrel L. Wigger was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in 1963 while his dad was stationed overseas in the United States Air Force. He grew up in Anderson, South Carolina. He has a B.A. Degree from the Citadel, where he lettered 4 years in wrestling, had cadet rank, and was on the training cadre for two years. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree at Wake Forest University. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1988; the United States Supreme Court in 1996; United States Court of Military Appeals, 1991; United States Federal District Court, 1992; and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002. He is a member of the Board of Governors, Workers' Compensation Claimant's Attorneys Association, Nominating Committee, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Claimant's Attorneys' Association, American Association for Justice, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Speakers Bureau (1995); Medical Legal Liaison Committee (1996). He was named to Who's Who in American Law and was Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group formed to recognize attorneys with a case in excess of two million dollars. He has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” for a number of years. He served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1988 to 1992 and was in Desert Shield and the Panamanian action. He tried cases in Bahrain, Panama, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He has brought cases in almost all of South Carolina’s counties and in 28 states. He has two children, a daughter, Amy and a son, Jordan.

Community Involvement

Jerry was a founding member of the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation – a non-profit that raises scholarship funds for handicapped students and has been on the Board of other various charities. He is also very involved in youth sports, having coached wrestling at Summerville High School and the S.C. state teams at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. He has coached multiple National Champions at Fargo, multiple All-Americans, and coached the SC Juniors (High School) to a 12th place finish in the country – South Carolina’s highest ever national finish. He is a high school wrestling official and an M-1 certified referee for USA Wrestling and formerly, Vice Chair of SC USA Wrestling. He has refereed events all over the country.

He is also a founding member of the Philo Foundation and helps maintain one of the finest safety libraries in the world.

He Has Been Invited To Speak At:

The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina
The New Jersey Trial Lawyers Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey
The Philo Invitational 21-Hour Seminar in Detroit, Michigan
The Hi-Fi Seminar in Sierra Vista, Arizona
The Workers’ Compensation Claimant’s Attorney Association in Asheville, North Carolina
The Citadel Inn of Court
The Citadel Leadership Forum
and various seminars throughout South Carolina

Areas of Practice

Motor Vehicle Law
Workers' Compensation Law
Employment Law
Products Liability Law
Wrongful Death
Social Security Disability
Premise Liability Law
Professional Negligence
Corporations
Wills and Trusts

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Certified Instructor – NITA National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

South Carolina, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
U.S. Federal District Court, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina, Juris Doctorate
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, Bachelor of Arts, English

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers
Who's Who in American Law
Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Service Defense Medal, Expert Pistol Medal, Expert Rifle Medal
Southeast Person of the Year – USA Wrestling
Nominated for USA Wrestling Person of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
Workers' Compensation Claimant's Attorneys Association, Board of Governors
Workers' Compensation Claimant's Attorneys Association Nominating Committee
American Association for Justice, Member
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Speakers Bureau, 1995 - Present
Medical Legal Liaison Committee, 1996

Past Employment Positions

Judge Advocate General's Corps, Navy Lieutenant, 1988 - 1992
Drose Davidson & Bennett, 1992 - 1994
Davidson Bennett & Wigger, Managing Partner, 1995 - 2005
Wigger Law Firm, Managing Partner, 2005 to Present

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