Attorney Richard M. Wiggins was presented with the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on January 31, 2019, at his home in Fayetteville, NC. The award was presented by North Carolina State Bar President-Elect Colon Willoughby.
Mr. Wiggins received his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1958. After graduation he began practicing law with the law firm of Sanford, Phillips, McCoy and Weaver, which later become the firm of McCoy, Weaver, Wiggins, Cleveland & Raper. In a legal profession where it is common for focused practice areas, Richard has remained a generalist with a robust legal knowledge in various areas of the law. He has been a successful advocate for his clients in the trial courts and appellate courts of North Carolina and the Federal Court System. Mr. Wiggins has been a mentor to many lawyers at his firm and countless other lawyers in his community.
Mr. Wiggins' impact on the legal profession is best evidenced by the civility with which he has practiced law for so many years. He has set the standard for zealously advocating his client’s position while simultaneously maintaining a relationship of civility and cordiality with opposing counsel. His approach in handling clients is not unlike his approach with handling opposing counsel. It does not matter if the client is a large corporation involved in a complex commercial lawsuit or an elderly client with a relative minor issue. Mr. Wiggins treats both clients with the same level of attention and respect. He believes that, as an attorney, you should be amenable to foregoing all or a portion of your fee to help a client that needs your services.
Mr. Wiggins has served as the Cumberland County Bar Association president and has served on numerous bar-related committees at the local and state level. Mr. Wiggins has been recognized by Legal Services of NC for his outstanding work in the Access to Justice Campaign and honored by UNC Law School for a lifetime of pro bono service. He is an NCBA Centennial Award winner and a member of the General Practice Hall of Fame.
Mr. Wiggins Richard has maintained a sterling record of integrity, hard work, and professionalism in all of his 60 years of practice and is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.
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