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Wendi Swinson Wagner

Divorce and separation Attorney at Louisville, KY

5.0   32 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Wendi

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COMPASSIONATE, CLIENT-FOCUSED SERVICE. CALL US TODAY SO WE CAN HELP YOU!

I have been told I am aggressive without being "nasty."  I take pride in achieving my clients' goals in a way that minimizes the time and expense often associated with divorce and other family law matters.  I enjoy the ability to help people when they are very much in need of help and feel lost.  Being involved in the legal system is daunting in and of itself, so a lawyer who has compassion and empathy goes a long way toward easing the emotional toll of it all.  I am also very aggressive if the case necessitates that approach.  Finally, I pride myself on being available, returning phone calls and emails promptly, being considerate of others and being the best advocate I can be on behalf of my clients.  

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2017
Client's Choice
2019 2017

Location

Wendi Wagner Law
917 Lily Creek Rd.
Louisville, KY, 40243

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney !
Wendi is a very competent strong and adept attorney whose professionalism is on par with the best. She has always approached the court with seriousness and her experience shows. I would highly recommend for legal decisions regarding your kids or family.
Posted by Julie | April 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aggressive and Fair
Wendi was a very compassionate and fair attorney. I was scared of going through the legal process to gain sole custody of my granddaughter but Wendi was compassionate and caring. Honest but very aggressive. I have and would continue to recommend Wendi for all of your legal needs. She is always available to speak to you, every time I had a concern regarding my case Wendi always responded in a more than timely manner.
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Posted by Neha | March 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional!!!
Wendi is truly an expert. I struggled and my case was mishandled prior to Wendi taking over. She has made such a great difference by putting in all the time and effort to understand the case in great depth and presenting it in a way that helped me move in the right direction. She is very professional but at the same time so empathetic and kind. The communication is fantastic and so quick. She is vested in her clients and makes such a difference. I couldn't recommend her enough. I have so much respect and gratitude for Wendi and everything she has done for my case!
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Posted by Don | March 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, best around.
Wendi is a wonderful lawyer. She has fought relentlessly to protect my children. I can not say enough good about her. Thorough and straightforward. Always prompt. If you want peace of mind, and the best lawyer representing you. Hire Wendi.
Posted by Allie | December 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further!
I'm eternally grateful to Wendi for going above and beyond while representing me in a child custody case. She is extremely compassionate, thorough, and generous with her time. Wendi put my fears to rest as as she guided me through this process with patience and professionalism. She fiercely advocated for me when no one else would, and made my family whole again. I can't thank her enough!!
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Posted by Susan | December 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very understanding and compassionate regarding case
There were painful circumstances relating to my divorce. I initially contacted Wendi a few years ago and hired her as my attorney. In 2020 my daughter passed away. I sort of disappeared for a while and just recently pursued the divorce. She has been very patient with my case. I was never rushed and the process was therefore much less painful in my case. Thank you for your patience Wendi!
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Posted by Jennifer | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer you could ever ask for
Wendi went above and beyond the call of duty. My husband and I were very nervous and scared going into having to get a lawyer and we have come out extremely happy with the outcome. Wendi will 100% fight for you and the best interest of your family. She was very easy to talk to. I felt like I was talking to a good friend that I have had for years.
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Posted by Alissa | December 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I could not have found a better lawyer!
I am convinced I could not have found a better lawyer for my divorce. Wendi kept everything so simple and straightforward, I just cannot believe the complete day and night difference between her and other lawyers I had consulted before I found her. She kept me up to date with everything that was happening and anytime I had a question she responded to me personally. She charged me as she said she would and her rates were very reasonable. Wendi is energetic, personable and to the point when needed. She very good at what she does and I am so happy to have had her on my side. I can't say enough good about her and she will always be the first attorney on my mind should I or someone I know need an attorney in the future.
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Posted by Brieanna | October 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My second divorce attorney
Wendi was the second divorce attorney I hired. My first one did next to nothing on my case, never called, never updated me or initiated communication of any kind. I hired Wendi on the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did. She has been extremely communicative and has worked hard on every aspect of my case. My ex husband (being an attorney himself) definitely did not make it easy on her, but she persevered through his mind games and manipulation and negotiated my side very well. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and recommend her to anyone looking for a divorce attorney!
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Posted by William | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better call Wendi..
I was divorced in early 2020 after a 20-plus year marriage. After receiving underwhelming service and representation from the first two divorce attorneys I hired, I came right here, to Avvo, to do my research before I hired a third. Thank God I did because it led me to Ms. Wagner, who has completely turned around the prior dynamic I had been experiencing in my case, which mainly consisted of my ex's attorney (whom I've seen referred to, online, several times as the best, most ruthless in town) bullying my lawyers into serving her will and allowing her, and, by extension, my ex, to dictate terms of so many important aspects of my life, such as interpreting our mediated agreement in matters ranging from parenting schedule, holiday parenting schedule, distribution of assets, and maintenance issues on the marital home, to constant harassment and otherwise unwanted, attention from my ex. Eventually, I allowed my representation with both of my prior attorneys to lapse, deciding I could do a better job just representing myself. (The second guy would even fail to forward me critical emails from my ex's attorney and then claim he had, even though the time stamps proved otherwise!) For six months, I had no attorney on retainer and the issues with my ex and her lawyer continued, unabated. Then, it came to my attention that my ex had moved her new boyfriend in to the house I still own and, via my maintenance checks, still cover the mortgage payments on, in violation of the standard 'no cohabitation in a romantic relationship' provision in our agreement. So, I knew I would need to find a new lawyer and this time I needed someone competent, reliable, trustworthy, yet, within my price range. Ms. Wagner has proven to be all of these things and then some. The first thing she did was let my ex's attorney know that she would be representing me now and the harassment would have to cease immediately. When my ex's lawyer responded in her usual defiant manner, Wendi immediately responded the following Monday with a motion to the court to end all harassing communications from my ex, effective immediately, or face contempt of court charges! The other side agreed immediately and the quality of my life improved that day, as a result. I have witnessed, in subsequent court functions, via zoom, gotten the pleasure of seeing my ex-wife's attorney be humbled (as she obnoxiously chomps on her stupid gum.) at nearly every turn, as she's been out-prepared, outworked, and outclassed by Ms. Wagner. - Ms. Wagner will often respond to my emails within same MINUTE I send them out. - She listens to me and weighs my opinions and preferences out before responding with any pat answers. - Her billing statements explain every charge, plainly, accounting for every hour. If anything, she costs herself by undercharging me. The best example I have is when my ex calls her lawyer with frivolous and disprovable charges against me, a nearly weekly occurrence, Wendi simply forwards me the emails and saves my retainer for more pressing things, like court filing fees. This, alone, separates Wendi from other lawyers, in my experience. I could, literally, go on. I'm not one to tell others what to do. But if you were smart enough (unlike me the first two times) to do your homework before retaining an attorney, do yourself a favor. Call Wendi today.
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Posted by Ashley | May 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law/Child Custody
I have had multiple attorneys but Wendi is the first one that cares and will work her butt off to help you! Child custody issues can be stressful so, it's important to have someone on your side that is willing to fight for you! She has always been willing to answer any questions no matter the time or day, be helpful, and explain what's going on! She's not the attorney that's going to sit back and let the opposing counsel get away with any nonsense. She does her job and gets it done! Inside and outside the courtroom. Her pricing is fair and she doesn't overly charge for her services. If you want help or solution with your case she is the woman for the job! I have had so much stress and worry lifted off my shoulders since having her on my side. Thanks Wendi
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Posted by Nicki | May 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My divorce is final! Thanks to Wendi!
I reached out to Wendi early in the separation and eventual divorce process. She was very knowledgable and easy to work with. I believe Wend cares about her clients. She helped me iron out balanced divorce terms perfectly by advising what typically happens, how courts typically view a situation and what my options were. I feel that the terms we agreed to were fair and her skills helped us to avoid any extra unnecessary or costly disputes. We got through the whole process in a very reasonable amount of time, thanks to her. She also helped with some follow ups after divorce was official and I am so thankful to have found a great person and lawyer.
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Posted by Chris | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
In the past i had "NOT" so favorable dealings with attorneys in Louisville. Thank goodness I found Wendi. Not only is she compassionate and caring to your needs, there is no run around prolonging your case. Extremely professional and represents you with passion and drive. She is accessible and keeps you up to date on the process you are involved in. With Wendi you are not just another case/client. She is a professional that truly cares and gives 110% at all times! I would give 10 stars if allowed!
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Posted by David | October 30, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
My Attorney, Wendi Wagner, not only stood by my side- and literally in Court- she helped me through the difficult ups and downs of divorce, with children. I'm so happy Wendi was referred to me, and I whole heartedly recommend her. Not only does she have experience with the Law, she also understands the inner workings of the Court System, and the Judge knows her! Thank you Wendi for all your hard work.
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Posted by Katie | October 26, 2019
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Compassionate, Bold, Confident and Amazing Lawyer
I have been fighting for full custody of my daughter for about 8 years and have tried to represent myself in court. This process is not easy in our state and it is practically impossible to win without a lawyer. I reached out to Wendi after reading reviews on her a year and a half ago. I called her and she was very responsive in getting back with me, despite her being out of town. She offered a free consultation and I met with her as soon as she arrived back in town. I was frustrated and hysterical when I walked into her office . She was able to calm me down and I actually felt hope when leaving after this FREE consultation. I decided to hire her, due to her confident and bold vibe that I got from the minute I walked in her office. She offered reassurance to me, which is not something that is easy to do. I had many free consultations with family lawyers and left feeling hopeless and in tears. She is not in it for the money. She is affordable. She is compassionate in what she does. She is fearless and will stand up for you in whatever it is that you are fighting for. She is patient and places herself in your shoes. We have been to court many times, as it is a long process and not a "one and done deal" to obtain full custody of a child. We have worked together for years and she knows every piece of my puzzle, prior to walking in the courtroom. You are not treated as a number and she listens. She has treated my case as if it were her own child she was fighting for. She knows every detail and is not intimidated in the courtroom. She is extremely confident, bold and knows the law. Despite me not being happy with the length of time this is taking, I am finally feeling optimistic that I will soon get what I have been fighting for the past 8 years. Due to her extensive, investigative skills and knowledge, I believe we are almost at the end of this extremely frustrating situation. I have referred her several clients in which have hired her. She is the one the pick if you want a reliable, affordable, compassionate attorney to help you in whatever it is that you are fighting for in court. It will not happen overnight and may take years, depending on the complexity of your case, but she "in it to win it" right along your side!!
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Posted by Curtis | October 25, 2019
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Curtis Burgess
I was referred to Wendi from a friend that said she was the best. My friend did not lie. Wendi’s compassion and empathy went well beyond what I could ever expect from a friend, let alone a lawyer! Wendi was proficient, dedicated, intelligent, experienced, and quick on her toes for any situation I presented. The results were better than I ever hoped for. I have sole custody of my two children.
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Posted by Brandie | October 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Child custody
Wendi truly cares about her clients and went above and beyond all expectations! I was and still am grateful for her knowledge. Her fees are very reasonable.
Posted by William | September 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consult
Very helpful even on a consult, went above and beyond what I expected, thank you
Posted by Cassandra | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!
She helped me through my divorce, she is so easy to work with and loves her clients! She is an amazing attorney! Would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pleasure to work with!
We are a married same sex couple. My wife gave birth to our twins. At the time our children were born, KY did not recognize our marriage although the Federal Government did. I wanted to be included on the childrens’ birth certificate and be recognized as a legal parent to my children in all ways. Wendi represented us in family court and handled the second parent adoption of my children. I have recommend Wendi, without reservation, to friends needing representation or legal services in family matters. Wendi is very professional and courteous but also approachable and warm. She was prompt in returning calls and emails. Making appointments was effortless and she worked hard to meet our schedules. Wendi really cared about our outcome and I would use her services again.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Wagner Law Office, PLLC
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Western Kentucky University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
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Publications

  • Brandeis Law Journal
  • Editor
  • 1994
  • Brandeis Law Journal
  • Editor
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Wendi
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Wendi is an amazing attorney who is compassionate for her clients while aggressively representing their interests. No better domestic lawyer in Louisville."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We've worked together on a number of cases, large and small, over the years, and I have the highest respect for her and her abilities."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very smart and highly skilled. First rate attorney."
Louisville Divorce and separation Lawyer Wendi Swinson Wagner
Wendi Swinson Wagner
Divorce and separation Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available