Wayne R. Wagner

Wayne R. Wagner

Wayne is a civil litigator with a practice that includes insurance coverage disputes, environmental matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property, federal class actions, construction defect, and appellate work.    

With valuable clerkships in federal and state courts at both the trial court and appellate court level, Wayne offers critical insight into how courts handle and decide his clients' cases: In federal court, Wayne clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, and at the United States District Court of Hawaiʻi, for then-Chief Judge, the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway.  Wayne also clerked at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court for Chief Justice, the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald. Wayne then served as Special Assistant/Counsel to Chief Justice Recktenwald.  

Wayne is a graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi. Wayne graduated number one in his class. 


When Wayne needs a break from the courtroom and classroom - he teaches legal writing at William S. Richardson School of Law - he heads for the outdoors to hike or play soccer. He and his wife once logged 130+ miles hiking the Welsh coast and English countryside (and stopped in Manchester to watch his favorite soccer team Manchester United).      



William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2013
Columbia University, Ph.D. candidate, 2007-2009
University of Chicago, M.A. (summa cum laude), 2006
Boston University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2002


State Courts of Hawai‘i
U.S. District Court of Hawai‘i


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