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A civil trial lawyer since 1983, Alan Wagner brings an unusual skill set to his partnership in the firm. True to the firm’s dedication to plaintiffs’ rights, Alan’s experience plays a vital role in helping clients.


Alan has distinguished himself as a trial lawyer, gaining extensive experience in handling claims of professional negligence, products liability, bad-faith litigation, complex commercial disputes, toxic torts, and legal and medical malpractice. One of Alan’s key areas of expertise is in the examination of expert witnesses — frequently a critical component in personal injury litigation — which he has perfected while honing a reputation for general excellence in trial advocacy.

Alan became a partner in the firm in 1994 and today serves as President of Wagner McLaughlin. His exceptional skills and competence have refueled the practice’s growth and success.


At Wagner McLaughlin, Alan’s practice continues to focus on representing those who have been injured through others’ negligence or wrongful conduct, be it the careless driver, manufacturer of defective products, or the negligent doctor, lawyer, hospital or other professional. Alan has also developed a contingency fee based practice for intellectual property disputes involving copyright, patent, and trademark infringement cases, to preserve clients’ intellectual property rights and obtain compensation for their infringement. Alan’s proficiency and skill are reflected in his professional honors and memberships. He is board-certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2005, Alan was inducted as a fellow of the prestigious and distinguished American College of Trial Lawyers, considered the premier professional trial organization in America. Additionally, Alan serves on the board of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve for two terms on the Florida Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Civil).


On the personal side, Alan holds both single and multiengine pilot’s licenses and is a dedicated husband and father of two. His wife, Deborah, is the founder and director of Tampa Bay’s Child, Inc., a local nonprofit organization linking impoverished children with sponsors from the community ( His son and daughter have recently graduated from Rice University in Texas.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    1 year
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%



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  • Steven George Lavely

    Alan Wagner has been a leader in the Tampa legal community for many years. When the most complicated legal issues arise; especially in the area(s) of personal injury or medical malpractice Alan is known as the go to guy to learn the law and the mechanics behind solving the problem. He's board certifed in civil trial law and his other credentials show he's a perfect choice if you need a lawyer in the Tampa Bay area or anywhere in Florida. He receives my highest endorsement.


    Steven Lavely Car accident Attorney
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FLMember in Good Standing198306/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Appointed Member, Florida Standard Jury Instructions CommitteeFlorida Supreme Court2006
Board Certified - Civil TrialFlorida Bar1995
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateThe National Board of Trial Advocacy1995
Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice AdvocateThe National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy and The National Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentWagner McLaughlin, P.A.1994 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorStetson Unversity College Of Law2015 - 2015
PartnerCarlton Fields1989 - 1994
AssociateCarlton Fields1983 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
American Law InstituteMember2010 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2005 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2000 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1983 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Vanderbilt UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980