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Nelson W Wagar III

also known as Chip

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


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



Contingent (40%)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Robert A Kutcher

    Excellent Lawyer - I highly recommend Chip for his professionalism and knowledge of law. He has a very clear and ethical approach to the law and is very client oriented.


    Robert Kutcher Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Thomas M Richard

    Sharp, persuasive and eloquent, when in trial, no one else in the room has more command of the facts and the law than Chip, or is better at presenting his client's position, Chip is a 5 tool player who skillfully advises his clients inside and outside the courtroom.


    Thomas Richard Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Chopin, Wagar, Richard & Kutcher, LLP

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


LAEligible to practice law197909/03/2015

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