J. Kristen Wiggins
P.O. Box 551
104 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0551
Phone: (410) 263-5900
Fax: (410) 263-6583
Ms. Wiggins is a shareholder with the Firm. Prior to joining Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein, Ms. Wiggins served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John F. Fader, II, Circuit Court for Baltimore County (2001-2002) and the Honorable Alan M. Wilner, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2002-2003). Her current practice concentrates on the defense of medical malpractice claims and appellate practice. Ms. Wiggins represents both physicians and medical institutions and she has successfully defended her clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Her litigation experience includes all phases of discovery, complex motions practice, jury trials and appeals in both federal and state courts. Ms. Wiggins was counsel of record and briefed Copsey, et al. v. Park et al., 228 Md. App. 107 (2016), aff’d by 453 Md. 141 (2017), a pivotal case for the defense in which the appellate courts held that evidence of superseding cause and the negligence of a non-party subsequent treating physician is relevant and admissible.
In addition to defending medical malpractice claims, Ms. Wiggins has been involved in insurance coverage litigation in which she has defended insurance clients against coverage dispute claims. As counsel of record, this work included briefing Moscarillo v. Professional Risk Management Services, et al., 169 Md.App. 137 (2006), aff’d by 398 Md. 529 (2007), a pivotal case related to an insurer's duty to defend.
Ms. Wiggins graduated, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2001. While in law school, she was a staff editor and author for the University of Baltimore Law Forum. She attended Villa Julie College for her undergraduate education and in 1997 graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.
Ms. Wiggins is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and a member of the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia.
Current Employment Position(s):
District of Columbia, 2007
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2006
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2019
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia, 2019
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001 J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Journal: Law Forum, Staff Editor, 2000 - 2001
Villa Julie College, Stevenson, MD, 1997 B.S.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Alpha Chi National Honor Society
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Paralegal Studies
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Maryland State Bar Association
Past Employment Positions:
Hon. John F. Fader, II, Circuit Court for Baltimore County,
Judicial Clerk, 2001 - 2002
Hon. Alan M. Wilner, Court of Appeals of Maryland,
Judicial Clerk, 2002 - 2003