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Wagner Reese Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

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Wagner Reese congratulates Attorneys Stephen Wagner, Jason Reese, and Jeff Gibson for being named in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The congratulations extend to Attorneys Jordan Kidd and Laura Swafford who have been recognized in 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Attorneys Wagner and Gibson are first-time listees in The Best Lawyers in America, while this is the third listing for Attorney Reese. This is the first year that Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch has recognized Attorneys Kidd and Swafford.

About the Awards

Attorneys must be nominated for The Best Lawyers in America and undergo a meticulous peer review before they can be listed. A nominee’s professional expertise, achievements, career history, and influence in the legal community are assessed to determine whether a listing is warranted. Only the top 6% of private practicing lawyers in the United States are honored on this list.

To be awarded with a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition, attorneys are held up to the same standards as The Best Lawyers in America listees. Attorneys must be in the first decade of their legal careers to be eligible, however.

Attorney Stephen Wagner

Attorney Wagner is a founding partner of Wagner Reese and has practiced law since 1994. He has advocated for the victims of auto and truck accidents, civil rights violations, construction accidents, as well as product liability and premise liability accidents.

His listing in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America is the most recent addition to his many awards and recognitions, as he has been selected to the Indiana Super Lawyers® list for over fifteen consecutive years. From 2018 to 2020, he was included in the Super Lawyers® Top 50 list. In 2014, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Lastly, he was named the Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2006 by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Attorney Wagner was listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Attorney Jason Reese

As a founding partner of Wagner Reese, Attorney Reese has represented clients in cases of catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death for over 23 years. For his excellent legal skills, he has received many renowned accolades, including his naming as the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2003, his selection to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2005, and his inclusion by the National Trial Lawyers in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Indiana.

Furthermore, Attorney Reese has been named time and time again, beginning in 2004, to the Indiana Super Lawyers® list, placing him among the top 5% of lawyers in his practice area. He was also recognized as a Top 50 Indiana Lawyer by Super Lawyer magazine, from 2016 to 2020. He was selected as one of the Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers in the state by the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association, as well.

In 2019, the esteem of his honors skyrocketed when he was named to The Best Lawyers in America and selected by The Indiana Lawyer as a Distinguished Barrister, which is viewed by many as the highest recognition an attorney can receive in Indiana.

Despite his busy schedule, he allocates time to his community service passions of mentoring and providing pro bono legal services to people who are economically disadvantaged. In 2017, he was named Mentor of the Year by College Mentors for Kids for Accounting, Legal & Finance.

Attorney Reese was listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for:

  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Attorney Jeff Gibson

Attorney Gibson is a valued partner at Wagner Reese. He represents clients in litigation concerning product liability, defective drugs and medical devices. Often, he advocates for the victims of sexual violence. In addition, he has been named in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in 2010, 2012, and 2013. More recently, he was selected to the Indiana Super Lawyers® list from 2014 to 2020.

Attorney Gibson was listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for:

  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Attorney Jordan Kidd

Attorney Kidd serves clients in litigations concerning medical malpractice, wrongful death, and foodborne illness. Her passion for achieving justice for her clients, meticulous interest in medical and legal issues, and commitment to results-driven advocacy steers her legal practice. To illustrate, she has achieved successful resolution of many matters, including involvement with several seven-figure settlements.

In 2020, she was selected to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list and honored by the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Indiana.

Attorney Kidd received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for:

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Attorney Laura Walker Swafford

Attorney Swafford is a rising star litigator who has dedicated her time to representing individuals and families in personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights matters. Her previous employment as a defense attorney has given her valuable insight when dealing with insurance companies and corporations. This experience has allowed her to better advocate for her clients at Wagner Reese, LLP. She was previously selected to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in 2019 and 2020.

Attorney Swafford received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Since 1997, Wagner Reese has helped the victims of negligence fight for the compensation they deserve. Our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and have already won over $200 million for our clients. In recognition of our firm’s excellence, Wagner Reese was ranked a “Tier 1” firm for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Carmel, IN in the 10th Edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Our attorneys are also frequently quoted by the media, such as theIndianapolis Star and Greensburg Daily News.

Our team at Wagner Reese is extremely proud of our attorneys’ recent achievements, and their recognition by Best Lawyers®. To learn more about these awards, we invite you to read our press release.

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