Stephen M. Wagner grew up in Indianapolis and attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School where he graduated as co-valedictorian in 1987. Mr. Wagner graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and received his J.D. cum laude from the Indiana School of Law Bloomington in 1994. After being accepted to the Attorney General's Honors Program, Mr. Wagner worked for the Department of Justice in 1994-1995 as staff counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1996 Mr. Wagner returned to Indianapolis to practice with the firm of Riley Bennett & Egloff where he worked primarily in the area of insurance defense litigation. In June, 1997 Mr. Wagner left Riley Bennett, and the defense bar, to found the Wagner Law Firm, P.C., where he practices exclusively in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice. In June, 2000, Mr. Wagner joined partners Jason R. Reese and Trevor J. Crossen to form Wagner Reese & Crossen, LLP, a firm dedicated to representing injury victims throughout Indiana and nationwide. In 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008, Mr. Wagner was selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer", an award presented to the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Indiana as published in the Indianapolis Monthly and Super Lawyer magazines. In 2006, Mr. Wagner was also selected by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association as the Trial Lawyer of the Year. He is a frequent lecturer in the areas of civil rights/Police Brutality litigation and work injuries. Mr. Wagner and his wife, Courtenay, have four children, Jake, Weston, Regan and Mia.