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John (Chris) Wagner

John (Chris) Wagner


The University of Memphis, Fall 1976 –Dec. 1978
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law,
Graduated December 1978
The University of Tennessee at Martin,
Graduated May 1973
​Major: General Business Administration BBA

U. S. Army

Adjutant GeneralCorpSchool, Fall 1973
Judge Advocate General’s School, Fall 1979
​Northwestern University School of Law Prosecutors Course, Fall 1981

Admitted to Practice:

United States Supreme Court, June 28, 1982
United States Court of Military Appeals, January 7, 1980
United States District Court for West Tennessee, June 7, 1979
Supreme Court of State of Tennessee,
​ June 5, 1979 All Trial Courts in Tennessee

Work Experience:

Wilkes, McCullough & Wagner, June 1989 – Present Managing Partner
General Civil Practice, Concentration in Worker’s Comp & Personal Injury
​Practice limited to Civil Law
John (Chris) Wagner
U.S. Army
  • Adjutant, Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station, New Orleans Nov. 1973 – July 1974 Rank 2nd Lt.
  • Test Control/ Personnel Psychologist, Armed Forces Examining Station, San Antonio, Texas July 1974 – August 1975
  • 386th Field Hospital USAR Admin. Officer 1976 -1978 Rank 1st Lt.
  • Chief Legal Assistance Officer, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. June 1979 – May 1980 Rank Captain
  • Chief of Military Justice/Prosecutor, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. May 1980 – March 1982 Military and Civilian Offenses on Bas
  • Instructor – Military Law, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. 1980 – May 1982. UCMJ, Criminal Law, International Law of War
  • Base Labor Counsel 1980 - 1982CLE
Class Instructor in Memphis, TN.
Worker’s Compensation NBI CLE Courses 2000 & 2001
Worker’s Compensation Hearings in Tennessee Course NBI May 2005
Advanced Worker’s Compensation Course NBI December 2005
Guest speaker Christian Brothers University: Business Law Classes
WHO’S WHO World WIDE 1994/1995
WHO’S WHO Registry 2000, 2008


Very Highly Rated for Ethics and Legal Ability
Martindale Hubbard Peer Rating Review for over 20 years
John or Chris to his friends begin his practice as an attorney with the Army’s Judge Advocate Generals Corp. in 1979 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Initially served as the Legal Services Attorney, he handled questions and matters for active duty and retired service members involving almost every state. As part of these duties he acted as base Tax counsel and base labor counsel, assisting many young troopers with their tax returns and in getting returns filed that had been previously missed by the troops. Chris served as Chief of Military Justice for the proving grounds for most of his time there and was responsible for teaching military law and related international law as well. During this time, Chris tried numerous cases before special and general Courts Martial as well as handling traffic court for the base and the occasional Base related accident case before the Federal Magistrate in Baltimore.
Since returning to Memphis, Chris has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation. He also handles Probate and Will matters for the Firm as well as Social Security Disability. Over the years Chris has worked with Calvin to represent both the Grey Hound Bus Driver’s Union and the MATA drivers’ Union in their labor arbitration cases. Chris was the designated lead attorney in Tennessee for the Greyhound drivers’ claims for unemployment during the Greyhound lockout which eventually lead to the collapse of the Company. Chris was successful in obtaining unemployment benefits for all of the Union drivers in Tennessee in one of the first such cases in Tennessee where striking workers were able to collect unemployment benefits.
Chris’s practice serves primarily private individuals in their claims for relief and damages caused by accidents and on the job injuries in Shelby County and its surrounding Tennessee Counties.

Chris’s practice is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • ​Wills
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