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Nelson W Wagar III

Nelson W Wagar III

also known as Chip

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Admiralty & Maritime

About Me

Chip Wagar is a practicing attorney and award winning author who lives and practices in the New Orleans area.  He grew up in the Adirondacks region of upstate New York as the oldest of four children.  He attended the Austro-American Institute in Vienna and the City of London Polytechnic in London before graduating from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, in 1976.  After graduation from college, Chip came to New Orleans and attended the Tulane University School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude in 1979.  Chip has been a lawyer with a civil litigation practice ever since.  His practice now concentrates mainly in the areas of medical mallpractice, maritime law and products liabiity.  In 2011 his novel, An American in Vienna, was published to rave reviews.  He has a multi-state practice in all three areas.  He is married to Cheryl Nolan Wagar and has two adult children, William and Sarah, who also live in the New Orleans area.


Languages Spoken: French, German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
  2. Admiralty & Maritime: 20%



Contingent (40%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Bradley Joseph Luminais Jr

    Chip is an experienced trial lawyer and an excellent advocate for his clients. His willingness to go the extra mile for his client is evident by the results which he obtains.


    Bradley Luminais Trucking Accident Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Chopin, Wagar, Richard & Kutcher, LLP

Two Lakeway Center
3850 N Causeway Blvd Ste 900
Metairie, LA, 70002



LAEligible to practice law197908/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Top Attorneys in LouisianaLouisiana Life Magazine2012
Five Star AttorneyLegalmatch.com2010
New Orleans 50 Leaders in LawNew Orleans City Business Magazine2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerChopin Wagar Richard & Kutcher, LLP1996 - Present
PartnerHailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale1982 - 1995
AttorneyExxon Corporation1979 - 1982


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Louisiana Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
International Association of Defense CounselMember1986 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Law InstituteMember1986 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Dupree v Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company, 89 So.3d 1175 (La. 2012)Settlement
Evans, et al, vs Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company et al, No. 2012-01057, Civil District Court, Parish of OrleansSettlement
Charles Predium vs Dr. Steven C. Howe and LAMMICO, No. 2012-001909, 14th JDC, Parish of CalcasieuSettlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Louisiana State Bar Association publicationWhen the Doctor Isn’t Going to Do Something: Negligent Non-Disclosure2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
George Washington UniversityGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1976

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Louisiana State Bar Association, CLE Program CommitteeInformed Consent2013