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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CALI Award for Evidence||University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||N/A|
|CALI Award for Business Organizations||University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||N/A|
|CALI Award for Secured Transactions||University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||N/A|
|CALI Award for Legislation||University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||N/A|
|CALI Award for Worker's Compensation||University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor||The University of Memphis School of Law||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Rice Amundsen & Caperton||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Law Clerk for Judge J. Steven Stafford||2009 - 2010|
|Extern||US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee||2008 - 2008|
|Law clerk||Law Clerk for Judge Robert L. Childers||2008 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Shelby County Young Republicans||Chair||2013 - Present|
|Shelby County Republican Party, Bylaws Committee||Chair||2011 - Present|
|Leo Bearman Sr. American Inns of Court||Associate Member||2011 - Present|
|Kiwanis||Member||2011 - Present|
|Memphis Bar Association, Publications Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Appellate Law Section||Member / Delegate||2011 - Present|
|Memphis Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Mississippi State Bar||Member||2009 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Memphis Bar Association||Leadership Forum||2012 - 2013|
|Shelby County Republican Party, Steering Committee||Member||2009 - 2010|
|Leo Bearman Sr American Inns of Court||Student Member||2008 - 2009|
|Shelby County Young Republicans||Vice Chair||2008 - 2009|
|Memphis Bar Magazine||Legal Methods Comes Back to Haunt - The Need for Properly Framed Issues||2014|
|Memphis Bar Magazine||Justice Scalia Comes to Memphis||2014|
|Tennessee Bar Journal||Alimony, You've Come A Long Way||2012|
|Fraternal Law||Tennessee Court Holds that National Fraternity Does Not Owe a Duty to Third Parties||2012|
|University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|The University of Colorado||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers||Apellate Practice 101||2013|
|Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance||Appellate Practice 101||2013|