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Mary L. Wagner is an Associate with Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC. She is involved in a range of complex civil litigation matters.  She has represented clients in a wide range of cases including family law, complex tort litigation and appellate advocacy. Wagner also works with business clients handling commercial transactions and assists individuals with probate needs.  Wagner currently chairs the firms' Appellate Practice Group.

Wagner is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.  She attended the University of Colorado and graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science before attending law school.   

Wagner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Wagner served on the University of Memphis Law Review. She was a member of the Editorial Board, serving as a Notes Editor.  Wagner also participated in the Mock Trial Competition and the Freshman Moot Court Competition.  After her first year of law school, Wagner had the opportunity to serve as a Research Assistant for Professor Andrew McClurg.  Following her second year of law school, Wagner worked as an extern for the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.  In her third year of law school, Wagner clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Childers, Division IX of the Shelby County Circuit Court. 

Following law school, Wagner served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Steven Stafford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. As Judge Stafford’s law clerk, Wagner was responsible for preparing the Judge for oral argument and drafting bench briefs, researching various legal issues in conjunction with pending cases, and assisting with the drafting of opinions. Wagner’s clerkship provided her with a valuable perspective from the appellate bench.

Wagner’s experiences as a judicial clerk and her love of writing, provide her with a solid background for all types of appellate advocacy. Wagner has experience preparing briefs and oral arguments for appellate courts.

Wagner is currently a member of the Memphis Bar Association, where she was a member of the Leadership Class for 2012-2013 and is a member of the Publications Committee.  Wagner is also a members of the Tennessee Bar Association, where she serves on the Executive Committee for the Appellate Practice Section. 

Wagner also works as an Adjunct Legal Methods Professor for the University of Memphis School of Law, where she teaches first year law students the skills of legal writing, analysis and oral advocacy. 



Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    7 years
  2. General Practice: 40%
    7 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    7 years


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Contact info

Rice Amundsen &Caperton PLLC

275 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN, 38103


MSAuthorized to practice law200907/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award for EvidenceUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/A
CALI Award for Business OrganizationsUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/A
CALI Award for Secured TransactionsUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/A
CALI Award for LegislationUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/A
CALI Award for Worker's CompensationUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorThe University of Memphis School of Law2012 - Present
AssociateRice Amundsen & Caperton2011 - Present
AssociateLeitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan2010 - 2011
Law ClerkLaw Clerk for Judge J. Steven Stafford2009 - 2010
ExternUS Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee2008 - 2008
Law clerkLaw Clerk for Judge Robert L. Childers2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Shelby County Young RepublicansChair2013 - Present
Shelby County Republican Party, Bylaws CommitteeChair2011 - Present
Leo Bearman Sr. American Inns of CourtAssociate Member2011 - Present
KiwanisMember2011 - Present
Memphis Bar Association, Publications CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMember / Delegate2011 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Mississippi State BarMember2009 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationLeadership Forum2012 - 2013
Shelby County Republican Party, Steering CommitteeMember2009 - 2010
Leo Bearman Sr American Inns of CourtStudent Member2008 - 2009
Shelby County Young RepublicansVice Chair2008 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of ColoradoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Memphis Bar Association Young LawyersApellate Practice 1012013
Greater Memphis Paralegal AllianceAppellate Practice 1012013