"We hired Benjamin more than three years ago after previously working with an attorney that we were not happy with. Benjamin was the easiest guy to work with. He kept us informed all along the way. No one wants to be kept in the dark, especially when it comes to an accident case, but Benjamin made sure we knew what was going on. He was always calling me to get my insight and approval. I would recommend Benjamin to anyone, and he truly was trustworthy, knowledgeable and responsive."
Benjamin S. Wagner is a shareholder and part of the firm’s Executive and Business Development Committees. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003 and received the Phillips Owens Memorial Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and community service. Mr. Wagner has successfully tried numerous cases throughout Wisconsin. Because of his significant trial experience and success, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as an advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2012, including the most recent edition in 2017, for personal injury litigation.
Mr. Wagner is the President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Wisconsin’s largest voluntary bar organization. He is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. Mr. Wagner currently serves on the Board of Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, Discovery World in Milwaukee, and the Neuroscience Center Advisory Board of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also the current Vice Chair of Safe & Sound, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to reducing violent crime in communities. Mr. Wagner is also a former board member of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
He has been appointed by the Honorable Judge Stephanie Rothstein as her Court Commissioner. In 2009, he was selected by Wisconsin Law Journal as one of 20 up and coming lawyers in the state. He has been named a Rising Star from 2006 – 2012 by Milwaukee Magazine. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers list since 2013. In 2014, 2016 and 2017 he made the Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list and since 2015 has been named to the Top 25 Milwaukee Super Lawyers list. Recently, the Milwaukee Business Journal named him to the 2016 “40 Under 40” class, and the Wisconsin Law Journal named him a 2016 “Leader in the Law.” Mr. Wagner has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell, and a 10 out of 10 (superb) rating in the Avvo legal directory.
Mr. Wagner comes from a family of legal and medical professionals and decided to attend law school so that he could use the legal system to protect people’s rights. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from Emory University, where he was a member of the Political Science Honor Society. He served as a Judicial Intern for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice William Bablitch and also was the Lafollette-Peck Legal Fellow for Senator Kohl’s Judiciary Committee Counsel in Washington D.C.
Mr. Wagner practices in the firm’s Milwaukee office, and his practice includes nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, car accidents, wrongful death and motorcycle accidents.