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Carolyn Elizabeth Wagner

Family Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Learn Carolyn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    All areas of family law including divorce, child custody, modifications of Final Judgments.

    36 years, 200 cases

  2. Adoption
    Affordable intermediary assisted infant adoptions.

    29 years, 50 cases

  3. Personal injury

    36 years

  4. General practice

    2 years

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Carolyn Elizabeth Wagner
220 E Forsyth St Ste H
Jacksonville, FL, 322023364


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Posted by Steve | October 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Carolyn Wagner represented me during an unusually difficult divorce. My ex cycled through four separate attorneys between the divorce, child custody and financial disputes. She was essentially responsible for bring each of these new players up to speed with what had already transpired. I am certain that it was frustrating for her. Yet she never wavered. She was a picture of professionalism, kept me continually informed, never hesitated to answer my questions, and always returned my calls promptly. I was made to feel that my problems were her problems as well. She showed empathy and a personal interest in my case. I am not an easy person to impress. She impressed me. I will continue to use her for any future legal needs and have happily recommended her to my closest friends and family.
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Posted by Regina | October 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law
I was recommended to Mrs. Wagner while having much help with a previous lawyer. Once I hired her she immediately began to sort out everything that was wrong in my case and fought for everything I asked for. Everything for the sake of my child was done and we are no longer dealing with the stress that the situation caused us. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer dealing with Family Law
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Posted by Amy | April 11, 2021
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Caring and Competent!!
Carolyn is such a caring, yet talented and thorough attorney who treated me with kindness and respect! She was a light during a very difficult time. She stood by me through a very tough divorce case and never stopped fighting for what is right! Her patience and determination is no doubt the reason for the final judgement and I can’t thank her enough!
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Posted by Jerod | March 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Carolyn is an amazing lawyer! Was very satisfied with my experience and her hard work. If needed will definitely hire again.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Made a difficult process as easy as possible! Excellent lawyer!
Carolyn made a very difficult process much easier. She gave me great advice about my kids and the divorce from our very first conversation. She told me, "Even if you do not hire me, do this first." She truly wanted what was best for my entire family. Going through a divorce was one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do and she helped me every step of the way. I was grateful to have her on my side and in my corner.
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Posted by Latasha | February 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Carolyn came highly recommended to me from the State Attorneys office (Another Attorney). I knew I was in good hands from our very first phone call. She is exceptionally passionate and stayed on top of my case. I can promise you that she is not in this for the money. She even refunded me money back after my case was over. She did not rush my case and was very upfront with me on the process. If you need an attorney, PLEASE reach out to Carolyn. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Dwayne | February 11, 2020
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Parental alienation solved!
Carolyn is a no nonsense professional who is passionate for justice. She represented me in my duval case- I reside in California. Lots of email, a few video chats, and 1 in personal meeting before the judge. She is the second lawyer we had to retain on this issue and in one day she discovered a handful of things the other lawyer missed. Carolyn: *cares about dads and our rights. mostly, what’s best for the child *does not leave any concern unturned *responds to correspondence in record time. always available *did not have extravagant fees beefing up the balance. It was straight forward and we were charged only for time spent on our case. litigation is pricey, but she is worth every penny! *honest. She will give you sound legal guidance and prepare you for court Since retaining her. We enjoyed long distance timeshare for the first time in 11 years. My name is on the birth certificate. I got my daughters social. I am in contact with her teachers. I got her medical records. And child support is accurately calculated now so I’m not overpaying anymore. Carolyn is a master at what she does. You will not regret hiring her. She is human. She is compassionate. Her only flaw is that she likes FSU :p go gators! Even as long football rivals, I knew she was on my side when it mattered most. My previous lawyer told me I was a dead beat and should take whatever time I can get with my daughter. What was offered then was a fraction of what I am entitled to but I didn’t know any better. Not so with Carolyn. She taught me my rights. She identified that I was being alienated as a father. She heard my story. Commended my efforts. And helped me be the father I have always been in my heart, in reality. My daughters life is better thanks to the work of Carolyn. Now she has both parents. Fathers matter. Fathers have rights. Fathers deserve to be involved too. I’ve never been one to handle tons of emails so she worked directly with my wife and honored our family structure and involved my daughters step-mom, my wife, in every way she could. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. You either pay excess child support to a dishonest woman for ten years, or you hire a lawyer one time to fix issues that only the judge can, for a lifetime. The decision was simple for us. my unreasonable ex left me no other choice. I’m so thankful Carolyn was there for us in our darkest hour. I hope I don’t need her again, but if I do, she better not retire anytime soon.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2018
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Hard working and thinks out of the box
I met with Carolyn for a consultation involving my inevitable pending divorce. At that point in time I had consultations with several other attorneys. I left these consultations feeling very much like just another case. That may have been true, but that is not how I felt about it. I met with Carolyn Wagner for about a half an hour. I was so impressed with how quickly she delved into the details of my case, I retained her services on the spot. What should have been a relatively standard divorce case turned out not to be. The divorce drug on for about two and a half years. During this time, my ex retained the services of a total of four separate attorneys. Each one with a different angle of attack on my finances and personal character. Carolyn dealt with them one by one. When the divorce was finally over, I felt like I had gotten as fair a settled conclusion as the law would allow. Carolyn made me feel as though she had a personal and vested interest in the outcome of my case. She was understanding and showed empathy during a painful time in my life. Due to the nature of the closure of my case, there is the potential that there will be further litigation in the future. There is no other attorney that I would choose to represent me should the need arise. I highly recommend Carolyn Wagner's services as legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2018
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Has a Genuine Passion for Families
After researching several options to try adopt an infant in Northern Florida we became resigned to the idea that we simply could not afford to adopt a child. Ms. Wagner was recommended to us by a friend from our church. We found her to be compassionate, thorough and dedicated to helping us complete the adoption of our three year old son. Without requiring us to pay any consultation or wait list fee, Carolyn took the time to ensure we understood the adoption process, she referred us to our home study provider and she helped us with the creation of our profile book meant to give to birth moms considering adoption an understanding of our family and of the kind of life her baby would have if she choose to place with us. We appreciate the emphasis Carolyn places on caring for the emotional needs of the birth parents who work with her in addition to ensuring they are safe and supported during their pregnancy. . We would recommend that anyone considering placing a child for adoption or wishing to become an adoptive parent to contact Ms. Wagner.
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Posted by Anthony | February 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Carolyn was very helpful in my custody case for my daughter. Her hard work and dedication is the reason why my daughter now has a bright future ahead of her. My case was very complicated due to already having custody of my daughter's two older siblings and the case had to be moved to FL. Her expertise made the case go much more smoothly then I expected.
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Posted by Mckeela | June 10, 2016
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God sent
I went to Ms. Wagner to have my son last name amended due to a not so smart decision made by myself. It had been close to two and half three years in trying to work to get my sons last name changed. Boy was that a nightmare! I continued to get the run around with the Clerk of Courts and was unsure of the direction I needed to go. Thank you Jesus for Ms. Wagner! I decided to contact her she was very informative and easy to speak with from the jump. We set up a consultation, I immediately decided to work with Ms. Wagner, I knew she was the answer to my prays; now less than 2 months later the judge has granted to amend my son's last name. I am so forever grateful to Ms. Wagner. If I had not pick that phone up to reach out to her I would still be in the same predicament, stressed and depressed. Thanks Ms. Wagner!
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Posted by Virginia | June 11, 2015
Carolyn Wagner, Adoption Attorney: Experienced, Knowledgeable and Compassionate
I have worked with Carolyn Wagner on many adoptions over the years. Carolyn offers support and care to birth mothers and adoptive families alike. Carolyn is an expert in adoption law. Birth mothers trying to do what they feel is best for their baby and and those trying to create their family through adoption will appreciate her approach to helping them deal with the variety of emotional, legal and personal issues that often present during the adoption process. Carolyn offers education, support and coordination of all necessary services to ensure a positive adoption outcome .
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Posted by Omar | June 8, 2015
She accomplished what the "Men Only" firm couldn't!!!
I chose to hire "The Leigh Firm" before I met with Carolyn Wagner and it proved to be a huge mistake. When I showed up to "The Leigh Firm" I was instantly impressed by the offices and assumed I had made the right choice based on the “showmanship” of the place. My first appointment was met with one of the partners of the firm in his private office and I was assured that I had a great case and that not only would I get my son, dignity, and car back but I would see my son as soon as a couple of weeks with a maximum of $6000. I was told my case was so good that I could possibly get a financial award as well. After my first payment of $3500 the experience quickly changed. I was assigned a different attorney of which I never could get to return my calls. The attorney assigned to the case met with me a total of three times and at one instance took a vacation before returning my calls made a week prior. The firm didn’t accomplish anything promised and in my opinion showed NO professionalism. Phone calls were never returned as I stated earlier and got my car four months later because I had to trade my only remaining asset (a rental property I was residing at) in a behind the scenes deal I made with my soon to be ex’s father in law. I attended my evidentiary hearing only to find out my attorney never disputed or argued the accusations but agreed to terms set by opposing counsel based on a handshake. It was eventually brought to my attention that "The Leigh Firm" hadn’t filed papers with the court and lost some of the paperwork and financials needed in the case. They made some serious mistakes handling the case that cost me and my son 18 months apart. After I received an invoice stating the firm was asking for another $6000 or they would drop me as a client; I sold the car stated earlier and retained Carolyn as my attorney She worked diligently and kept in contact with me every step of the case. We would personally meet sometimes 2 and 3 times a week. After hiring Carolyn to handle my case… the judge vacated the injunction, reunited me with my son, awarded temporary alimony, and forced my soon to be ex wife to attend counseling with my son and I during the reunification process. She not only showed true professionalism and courage, but proved to be one of the finest individuals I have known. My son and I can see each other any day of the week and we have built a new relationship together. He still remembers his mother telling him I didn’t love or want to see him and that he would never see me again. He wants to meet Carolyn personally to thank her for bringing me back to his life. The time lost from the incompetence of The Leigh Firm cost us both dearly and I have no doubt that if I hadn’t dropped the Leigh firm and hired Carolyn as my attorney… my ex would have accomplished keeping my son and I apart. Carolyn was always honest with me even when it was difficult and emotionally painful to hear. She was passionate about the care and welfare of my son during and after the case. I would recommend Ms. Wagner with highest praise to anyone seeking counsel. Sincerely, Omar M. Safi
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Posted by Margeaux | May 25, 2015
Carolyn is the best!
We never thought we'd adopt, it was the best thing we ever did but knew it wasn't going to be easy. Carolyn helped us through the entire process caring for both the birth mother as well as us, the adoptive family. She has a true passion for helping others. There are uncertainties with adopting and she kept us informed and up-to-date on all pertinent information. Not only do I highly recommend Carolyn; should we ever choose to adopt again, we would call on Carolyn to help us!!
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Posted by Nicole | June 5, 2013
The Most Competent and Compassionate Lawyer
Carolyn Wagner is an excellent attorney. She is competent and compassionate. Ms. Wagner handled my divorce case; I am beyond satisfied with the outcome. She literally saved me thousands of dollars (and my sanity!). Carolyn Wagner kept in constant contact with me; including now, even though my case is closed. Contrary to my previous experience with lawyers, Carolyn Wagner promptly returns my phone calls. She also kept me abreast of everything in regard to my divorce case. Ms. Wagner is also a skilled writer; she doesn't fill out cookie-cutter forms; she writes and prepares everything herself. I had a horrible experience with an attorney prior to hiring Carolyn Wagner, so I approached hiring a new lawyer with trepidation. After our initial conversation, I was put completely at ease. Ms. Wagner means what she says and says what she means. My previous attorney completely botched my case, but Carolyn was able to fix all of said lawyer's errors. I am so satisfied with Carolyn Wagner's legal services, that I feel it necessary to trumpet her virtues. If you are looking to hire an adept and compassionate lawyer, I highly recommend Carolyn Wagner
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carolyn Wagner, P.A.
  • 1988 - Present


  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Auto Accident
  • settled


  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BS Degree Cum Laude
  • Florida State University
  • 1981

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carolyn has been a Florida attorney for many years specializing in family law matters, infant adoptions and personal injury. She is very experienced in handing different types of cases, including those that are complex and unique. What sets Carolyn apart is that she works extremely hard and with compassion for her clients, with high integrity and paying close attention to details. She understands that each situation is unique and deserves individualized and special attention."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolyn is experienced, tough, ethical and responsive (as reported by clients I have sent to her). If you want the personal attention necessary to get successfully through tough family law issues, she fits the bill."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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