Robert Wiygul

Partner at Waltzer Wiygul Garside Law Firm

Robert Wiygul

Robert Wiygul

Partner at Waltzer Wiygul Garside Law Firm

Biography

Robert Wiygul has been an attorney for a long time – 32 years…although you would never know it from his boyish appearance. He’s spent part of that time in Louisiana, part in Colorado, and now he runs the firm’s Ocean Springs, Mississippi office.

Over the course of his career, Robert has accumulated a lot of honors that mean a great deal to lawyers: editor of the law review; a clerkship with a federal appeals court; a prestigious fellowship in natural resources law at the University of Colorado; and awards from environmental groups.

If you are a person that really wants to see a resume, you can see Robert’s here.

When Robert talks about what he’s done in that 32 years, what he talks about are people, places and species. To that end, he’s helped save some of the most endangered species on the planet; stopped corporate polluters; protected some of the most beautiful public lands in the country; and helped injured workers get justice. He’s done it in tiny courtrooms in country towns, and big ones in some of the biggest cities in the country.

If you ask Robert about his favorite case, he won’t pick one. He’ll probably tell you about 5 or 6.

Some you might expect to be at the top of the list. The 5-year-long case for the Sierra Club against a big utility that wound up shutting down polluting power plants, and got $15 million to help low income rate payers and put solar power in schools. (Thank you, Sierra Club).

Some of you might not. The case for an injured worker named Larry that he tried for three days of a rainy Mardi Gras week in Greenville, Mississippi. The jury verdict wasn’t the biggest ever – $350,000 – but it put Larry back on his feet, and got his family into a house, and let them give their old trailer to Larry’s mom. Maybe not a big case for some people, but the kind of thing you really want on your resume.

Unless you have a lot of time, don’t get Robert started on his family, his dogs, fishing, or sailing. His wife Julia is a consultant and advocate for public education, and his two teenage daughters are smart, funny and occasionally aggravating. He says they are also beautiful, but that is their mother’s department. The two dogs, Jinx and Maisie, are both “genetically complex” in their own right, with lineage lines proven here. In whatever spare time he can afford, you can find him fishing the marshes of Mississippi and Louisiana, or sailing his two beach catamarans.

Robert knows what works and what doesn’t, and there’s nothing he loves better than figuring out how to level the playing field for the people and environmental groups he serves.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Defenders of Wildlife

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Professional at Healthy Communities Consulting

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Founder at The Alan W. Steinberg LP

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Managing Director at Martlet Asset Management

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Member, Board of Directors at Cheetah Conservation Fund

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Member, Board of Directors at Defenders of Wildlife

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Former Director-General Curator at New England Aquarium Corp.

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Executive Member, Board of Directors at Defenders of Wildlife

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Member, Board of Directors at Defenders of Wildlife

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President at MA Parker & Associates

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Education
Graduate, cum laude
Class of 1984

The University of Mississippi School of Law, also known as Ole Miss Law, is an ABA-accredited law school located on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The School of Law opened in 1854 and is the fourth-oldest state-supported law school in the country. In 2009, National Jurist Magazine rated the University of Mississippi School of Law among the top five "best value law schools" in the United States. The law school is home to five auxiliary law programs: the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, the Mississippi Innocence Project, the Mississippi Law Research Institute, and the Mississippi Judicial College.

Graduate, cum laude
Class of 1981

MILLSAPS COLLEGE IS A PRIVATE NONPROFIT LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE BASED IN JACKSON, MS; PROVIDING EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AT THE UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE LEVEL

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The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) is the integrated (mandatory) bar association of the U.S. state of Louisiana. In 1929, the Louisiana State Bar Association was founded as a voluntary organization; its first president was Cecil C. Byrd. In March 1941 LSBA was converted to a mandatory bar under the rule-making power of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. In 1957 the Articles of Incorporation were amended to create the House of Delegates as LSBA's policy-making body. In 1990, LSBA Disciplinary Board and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel were created to be responsible for attorney discipline.

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The mission of the Colorado Bar Association is to improve the quality of its members’ legal practice, to support and improve the justice system, and to support the community through voluntary and educational endeavors.

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Executive Member, Board of Directors
Current

Defenders of Wildlife operates organization for preservation of wild animals and native plants. It also provides action alerts and information services. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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