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Cary Stephen Wiggins

Civil rights Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1997
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Cary

Learn Cary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    Representing victims of government and corporate abuse, e.g., claims concerning false arrest, malicious prosecution, and retaliation for speech-related activities.

    27 years

  2. Litigation

  3. Constitutional
    Representing victims of discrimination and retaliation, e.g., on basis of race, ethnicity, sex, national origin.

  4. Wrongful death

Results. Our job is to identify your issue and deliver a solution. What sets us apart from other law firms is our track record. A boutique civil rights practice, our Atlanta First Amendment lawyers developed our expertise over years of helping restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses reach their goals. We also lend our skills to individuals facing discrimination. Using experience, intelligence and pragmatism, we get excellent results for our clients.

Efficiency. Clients want quick answers. So we have pioneered a billing format that rewards speedy results, not protracted litigation. By offering “value billing” rather than hourly billing, we customize fee arrangements to fit client expectations. We also offer flat fees. Our performance-based fee structures and state-of-the-art research and case-management systems help us solve matters efficiently.

Dedication. In our mission statement we put the client first. This is why messages received during business hours are answered before the sun sets. E-mails are promptly returned. And clients are updated with phone calls and detailed summaries — not hourly bills. It is the dedication of our Atlanta First Amendment attorneys that makes delivering superb service come naturally.

     My passion for representing the underdog has lead us to broaden our practice niche slightly: For the past several years, in addition to representing businesses, we have represented individuals who have suffered civil rights violations. The cases are hard. But that aspect only makes winning (i.e., achieving client satisfaction) that much more meaningful.

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Wiggins Law Group
260 Peachtree Street, N.W., Suite 401
Atlanta, GA, 30303-1253

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Posted by John Cornetta | October 1, 2008
One of the best I have ever worked with
Cary is thoughtful, experienced and when he sinks his teeth in to something he is like a pit bull. The thing about Cary that separates him from most other attorneys that I have dealt with is he takes things personally. He takes it home with him. He fights on when others blow the 5 O'clock whistle. Would I recommend him? For a thousand reasons yes!
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  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Cook Youngelson & Wiggins
  • 2001 - 2009


  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Curves, LLC v. Spalding County, 569 F. Supp. 2d 1305 (N.D. Ga. 2007)
  • preliminary injunction granted
  • Freese v. Regions Bank, N.A., 284 Ga. App. 717 (2007)
  • Appeal lost
  • This That and The Other Gift & Tobacco, Inc. v. Cobb County, 439 F.3d 1275 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Reversal
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  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Section, Beverage Alcohol Practice Committee
  • Chairperson
  • 2006 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • ABA Journal Blawg 100
  • American Bar Association
  • 2007
  • 14 Under 40 On The Rise
  • Fulton County Daily Report
  • 2006


  • e-Commerce Law & Strategy Newsletter
  • Wine Online
  • 2008
  • Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Contributing Writer - Beverage Alcohol Practice
  • 2005
  • Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Contributing Writer - Beverage Alcohol Practice
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Prior Restraints -- An Update
  • 2011
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Prior Restraints -- An Update
  • 2010
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Prior Restraints -- An Update
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Cary
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Cary Wiggins. He is a talented civil rights attorney and advocate. He has a strong understanding of the law and genuinely cares for his clients."
Business Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary is an extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Constitutional Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wiggins is one of the nation's leading experts on the adverse secondary effects doctrine. He got Georgia's obscenity statute thrown out. A first amendment lion."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary's a great lawyer with a stellar reputation in the legal community. He is not afraid to take on the tough issues and litigate for the underdog. Highly recommended."
Constitutional Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary is the epitome of the gentleman lawyer, combining a steel-trap mind with unfailing professional courtesy. He is a joy to work with, and I know that if I overlook anything, Cary will be sure to pick up on it. He is universally liked and respected, and I look forward to collaborating with him in future cases."
Litigation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cary Wiggins. Cary is the kind of 'can-do' attorney that is rare these days. If you need something done, he gets its done. His focus is not on needless legal wrangling, but instead he's focused on achieving his client's goals. An attorney who can relate to clients, and make them feel comfortable. Don't hesitate to refer potential clients to Cary Wiggins."
Civil rights Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary, is one of the smartest lawyers I know. He is an outstanding writer and one of the best civil rights and and constitutional lawyers in the country. Cary is a leader in his field and highly respected."
Constitutional Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary is a brilliant lawyer and a fantastic person. I have known him for 10+ years and he always exceeds my expectations. He has that rare ability to explain a very complex issue in a very easy to understand manner. Wonderful firm."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary is an excellent representative for his clients. I have had the pleasure of working with some of his clients on other legal matters and they have always had very positive things to say about their experience working with Mr. Wiggins."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Atlanta Civil rights Lawyer Cary Stephen Wiggins
Cary Stephen Wiggins
Civil rights Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 26 years