Stephen M. Wagner grew up in Indianapolis and attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School where he graduated as co-valedictorian in 1987. Mr. Wagner graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and received his J.D. cum laude from the Indiana School of Law – Bloomington in 1994. After being accepted to the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program, Mr. Wagner attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, before working for the Department of Justice in 1994-1995 as staff counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1996 Mr. Wagner returned to Indianapolis to practice with the prestigious law firm of Riley Bennett & Egloff. In June 1997, Mr. Wagner left Riley Bennett to found the Wagner Law Firm, P.C., where he has practiced exclusively in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, product liability, medical malpractice, and agricultural mass torts. In June 2000, Mr. Wagner brought in partner Jason R. Reese to form Wagner Reese, LLP, a firm dedicated to representing injury victims throughout Indiana and nationwide.
For over fifteen years (2004-2019), Mr. Wagner has been selected by his peers as an “Indiana Super Lawyer”, an award presented to the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Indiana as published in the Indianapolis Monthly and Super Lawyer magazines. In 2018, he was named one of the “Top 50 Personal Injury Attorneys in Indiana” by Super Lawyer. In 2006, Mr. Wagner was also selected by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association as the “Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Wagner has also been named a “Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation” recognizing for his significant contribution to the legal profession and leadership within the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Wagner is a frequent lecturer in the areas of civil litigation and work injuries and has published numerous articles in both national and local legal magazines regarding the interaction between work comp claims and third-party litigation, including in the American Association for Justice’s Trial magazine (Sept. 2011, Cutting Back the Worker’s Compensation Lien) and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association’s Verdict magazine (June 2008, Preserving the Injured Worker’s Work Comp Benefits after Settlement of a Third Party Injury Claim).
Mr. Wagner has taken numerous cases to a jury trial in Indiana and across the country, including auto and truck accident cases, medical malpractice cases, civil rights cases and premises liability cases, and has obtained multiple 7-figure and several 8-figure recoveries for clients. Frequently sought out by the media for his commentary in high profile legal cases involving police brutality, daycare negligence, and fraternity hazing, Mr. Wagner relishes representing the “little guy” and helping David defeat Goliath.
Mr. Wagner and his wife, Courtenay, have four children. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering at his church, playing blues harmonica, acting in community theatre, cooking on the grill, rooting for the Colts/Pacers/Irish, and working out.